Long-time UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes that Petr Yan beat Sean O’Malley, but is not ready to claim that we are talking about a robbery of a Russian fighter.
“It was a very close fight and Sean definitely shook Peter a few times,” Rogan said in a recent episode of his podcast. “He caught it with his knee, almost dropped it. The question is, how valuable are takedowns? How is control assessed?
“Yes, Peter translated it, but how much do takedowns cost without damage? I’m not denying that Petr Yan won because I really do, but these are no-damage transfers against a damaged stand as Sean landed more significant stand-up shots. The question is, how valuable are takedowns and control from above in themselves?
Recall that the fight in the bantamweight division between Peter Yan and Sean O’Malley, which became the third most important event of the UFC 280 tournament in Abu Dhabi, went through all three rounds and ended with the victory of the American by a split decision with a score of 28-29 and 29-28 twice .