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Unimpressed Petr Yan expects guaranteed title shot with win over Sean O’Malley | UFC 280

UFC 273: Sterling v Yan 2 Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Petr Yan wants his belt back.

UFC 280 goes down this weekend (Sat., Oct. 22, 2022), showcasing two big-time Bantamweight bouts. Before the co-main event title tilt between the champion, Aljamain Sterling, and T.J. Dillashaw, Yan will look to get back in the win column against the rising superstar, Sean O’Malley.

Yan’s last time out saw him fall short against Sterling in their rematch. Despite O’Malley having significantly more to gain in the match up than Yan, the former champ still feels a win over the No. 12-ranked UFC contender is enough to get him a crack at gold.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE-DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to “The Fight Mecca,” Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 12, 2022, featuring two highly-anticipated championship showdowns. In UFC 281’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, will look to settle the score with former kickboxing foe and No. 5-seeded contender, Alex Pereira. In the ESPN+-streamed PPV co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, intends to defend her newly-won title for the first time against former champion and No. 2-ranked contender, Zhang Weili.

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“I think a win on Saturday should guarantee me the next title shot,” Yan told The MMA Hour. “And if T.J. wins, that’s going to be a very big fight for all the MMA fans, and if Sterling wins it’s going to be the trilogy.

“For me, my goal is only a title fight,” he concluded. “Who will be champion, Sterling or T.J. Dillashaw? I don’t care. I want to smash him.”

The pairing of Bantamweights initially came as a big surprise to the community — even to company President, Dana White — not only because of the gap in rankings, but because of O’Malley’s last fight.

“Suga” took on Pedro Munhoz in July 2022 in a relatively lackluster bout. Unfortunately for both fighters, the action ceased in round two after Munhoz sustained an eye poke that forced a no-contest result. O’Malley (15-1, 1 no contest) won three in a row directly prior.

“I wasn’t impressed with his performance and I want to say it again, I was the one who chose to fight him,” Yan said. “He wasn’t the one who picked me. I know UFC really believes in him, and he also believes that stylistically it’s a good fight for him, but I’m here to disappoint and upset him.”


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