Sean O’Malley on coping with Petr Yan at UFC 280: ‘This is how superstars are created’

Sean O’Malley on coping with Petr Yan at UFC 280: ‘This is how superstars are created’

Sean O’Malley is swinging for the fences.

At UFC 280, O’Malley will face by way of far the most important check out of his occupation when he faces former bantamweight champion Petr Yan in a featured primary card bout. It’s a huge step up in pageant for O’Malley, on the other hand one he believes has very little downside and would possibly almost definitely determine him as a transcendent giant identify throughout the sport.

“It’s onerous now not to try it like that,” O’Malley knowledgeable Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “I don’t if truth be told want that to be my mindset going into this fight, ‘Well if I lose, I lose to the No. 1 guy.’ That’s what it is even supposing. Alternatively I merely imagine in growing the ones difficult moments, the ones magical moments, and I imagine this is how superstars are created. I’m going out there and starch Petr Yan, Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi, that’s massive. That is how superstars are born and I merely in point of fact really feel love it is a highest, highest fight in my occupation. Very best conceivable time, highest opponent. It’s merely my time to transport out there. …

“I’m merely keen about the danger, and I imagine I’ll capitalize on the choice. I imagine the higher level guys I fight, the better ‘Suga’ you guys are going to get. I’ve now not been ready to show my true MMA abilities right through the octagon. I if truth be told did think Pedro [Munhoz] was once going to be the one to put across it out of me. It wasn’t, obviously. That went how it went, on the other hand I imagine Petr is the man to appear how very good I if truth be told am.”

O’Malley is already some of the necessary in taste more youthful opponents throughout the UFC, on the other hand he has however to have in-cage good fortune commensurate to his stardom. “Suga” was once given the danger to fight his way into the top-10 earlier this month when he faced Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276, on the other hand the bout resulted in a no-contest following an eye poke from O’Malley. Given that, some enthusiasts have been surprised at the booking, and UFC President Dana White even admits to taking into account the fight was once a terrible thought until matchmaker Sean Shelby glad him otherwise. Come fight evening time, O’Malley intends to reward Shelby’s faith in him.

“When I faceplant Petr throughout the canvas, Dana will be like, ‘Okay, that was once a very good fight,’” O’Malley discussed. “Regardless, me versus Petr is an epic fight. It’s a sweet, sweet kickboxing fight if I had to bet. Two very height level strikers, two very height level MMA opponents. It’s going to be an excessively eye-catching fight and I imagine I have what it takes to put Petr’s lighting out.”

While O’Malley can have such a lot to reach from this matchup, Yan reveals himself throughout the opposite situation. The former bantamweight champion is coming off a split-decision loss to Aljamain Sterling for the identify at UFC 273, and is nowadays the No. 2-ranked 135 pounder throughout the MMA Fighting International Rankings, where O’Malley is unranked.

That’s a lot of risk for Yan, and O’Malley discussed he wasn’t certain “No Mercy” would be interested. Alternatively he thinks after all Yan recognized him as additional necessary than ratings would most likely suggest.

“I wasn’t expecting him to easily settle for it to be honest,” O’Malley discussed. “It’s a perilous fight for Petr. He’s now not foolish. Well, most likely he is. He’s a height level boxer, he’s a height level MMA fighter, he’s got to try me and know that I have official abilities. I’m now not if truth be told throughout the ‘Best-10’ on the other hand I imagine in his ideas a win over me’s a huge win. Despite the fact that Chito supposedly ‘beat me’ he got a fight, he fought Jose Aldo who was once coming off a reputation fight. So a win over me isn’t no longer anything else. I’m the most important determine throughout the bantamweight division, I’m some of the necessary biggest names throughout the UFC, so I guess within the ones words I’m now not surprised he took the fight. Stylistically, we get to appear how that plays out Oct. 22.”

UFC 280 takes place Oct. 22 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

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