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Sugar shove! Petr Yan two-hands Sean O’Malley across the stage during UFC 280 staredowns (Video)

Jeremy Stephens is not impressed.

UFC 280 Press Conference Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

The UFC 280 pre-fight press conference went down earlier today from Abu Dhabi, home of this weekend’s “Oliveira vs. Makhachev” pay-per-view (PPV) card at Etihad Arena on “Fight Island.” Event headliners Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev were in attendance to talk up their five-round lightweight title fight, alongside co-headliners Aljamain Sterling and TJ Dillashaw. “Funk Master” will have 25 minutes to keep his bantamweight title away from the hands of former champion TJ Dillashaw. In addition, Petr Yan traded barbs with bantamweight opponent Sean O’Malley ahead of their high stakes affair.

Watch the UFC 280 pre-fight press conference video replay right here.

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Don’t miss a single second of EPIC face-punching action!

Fighter staredowns below, including Yan’s rule-breaking “Sugar” shove on O’Malley.

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