What an epic battle! Sean “Sugar” O’Malley on defeated Petr Yan at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In Saturday night’s main card fight contested at 135 pounds, O’Malley faced the toughest test of his career against the Russian to earn a split decision victory (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds.
The epic three-round battle between O’Malley and the number-one ranked bantamweight division contender was awarded the UFC’s “Fight of the Night Bonus” worth a $50,000 payout.
Monster Energy’s O’Malley (16-1, 1 NC) came to Abu Dhabi on the strength of a three-fight victory streak after earning TKO stoppages against Thomas Almeida, Kris Moutinho, and Raulian Paiva. In July 2022, O’Malley’s fight against Pedro Munhoz was ruled a no contest (NC) after an accidental eye poke, but “Sugar Sean” maintained his upward momentum in the bantamweight division by taking the fight against the top-ranked opponent, Russia’s Petr Yan.