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Sean O’Malley’s coach rips into ‘hater p—ies’ that claim Petr Yan was robbed at UFC 280

After many fighters argued that Petr Yan was robbed at UFC 280, Sean O’Malley’s coach defended his pupil on social media.

While the much-hyped war between Petr Yan and Sean O’Malley at UFC 280 delivered all the action a fan could hope for (watch highlights here) last night (Sat., Oct. 22, 2022) in Abu Dhabi, many people were left upset after O’Malley was handed a split decision victory by the judges.

Even O’Malley seemed a bit surprised by the win, admitting that he wasn’t sure if he’d done enough to clinch a decision.

“I didn’t know how it was going to go,” he told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto backstage. “It’s so hard, you get cracked, you get rocked, you fight for 15 minutes. I can’t tell you what happened each minute, I’d have to go back and watch it. So, I was just enjoying that moment and whatever happened, happened.”

The consensus amongst fighters and media members watching the bout was almost unanimous: they thought Petr Yan had won. One mixed martial arts (MMA) fan compiled a Twitter thread with more than 25 UFC fighters calling the decision a robbery.

“Close fight, some of you guys might have thought I lost, some of you might have thought I won,” Sean O’Malley said in a YouTube stream once he returned to the fighter hotel. “End of the day, they said I won. I haven’t rewatched the fight. I’m excited to, though. Tim [Welch, O’Malley’s coach] has been in the f—ing bathroom for like 15 minutes just f—ing screaming in there.”

Following his rewatch / screaming session, O’Malley’s coach Tim Welch called out some of the “Suga” critics on social media.

As O’Malley said, though: however you called it, the end result was a win for “The Suga Show.” And while he admitted it probably wasn’t his “Conor vs. Aldo” moment, he was happy with what he’d get out of the win.

“I mean, what’s considered a Conor-Aldo moment,” he questioned at UFC 280’s post-fight press conference. “I gotta knock someone out in 13 seconds? Because that’s gonna be hard to do. But as far as blowing up, I think ... I don’t know, we’ll have to see the next couple of weeks. I’m sure my brand deals, and I would almost guarantee I’m gonna sit down and renegotiate my [UFC] contract after that.”

What the win won’t land him, it seems, is a title shot. While UFC President, Dana White, said Yan vs. O’Malley was an extremely close fight that could have gone either way, he was in no rush to declare Sean O’Malley next in line for the Bantamweight title.

O’Malley vs. Vera for the No. 1 contender spot, anybody? Let us know what you think of that fight (and the results of this fight) in the comments, Maniacs.


For complete UFC 280 results and coverage click here.

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