Morning Report: Sean O’Malley retorts at Petr Yan’s critics, calling victory over him a robbery.


Sean O’Malley thinks the people calling his win over Petr Yan a robbery are just hating.

At UFC 280, O’Malley took home a split decision win over Yan, in a result that had many calling the outcome a robbery, and raised rumors that Yan wants to move on from the UFC. O’Malley is now UFC’s No. 1-ranked bantamweight, it was just a damn good fight.

” Woke up this morning and was ranked No. 1 in the world! [*************************************************************************************************************************************] in the world! “It does feel good. It’s crazy. People would be more respectful of me if I had lost the fight. ‘Damn, he lost but that motherf*****’s good.’ Now it’s like, ‘He won?! He won?! He won! Like, ‘Sean’s lucky it’s not five rounds.’ Well, my best round was my third round…

“Round one I thought was a close round. I definitely did more damage. He got a couple takedowns, didn’t really do anything with the takedowns. You can talk about taking down takedowns by getting a takedown after the round. He was downed to his knees and he scored two more points. So if you guys want to talk about takedowns, why is nobody talking about my takedown? I didn’t do s*** with it but he didn’t do s*** with his either, really. I definitely did more damage…Round one, I definitely can see how people gave me the round. Close round, for sure.

“Round 2 was close. He cracked me, and I cracked him back. I can see how you’d give him the round, for sure though… And then round three was definitely my best round. Round three did more harm than round one

The fight was undoubtedly close, with O’Malley out-landing Yan statistically but giving up a considerable amount of control time to the former champion. Although many fighters and fans were upset by the outcome, O’Malley insists that no one is claiming “robbery”.

“You wanted me to lose in the first place,” O’Malley said. “A robbery? How is it [a robbery]? He won the third round. I was victorious in round 2. The first round was tight and I caused more damage. It’s not really a robbery, it was a close fight. It was a close fight. It was a close fight. Like, ‘Yeah, I could see that.’ But since it’s me and people f****** hate me because I’m 6’6″, 220, pure chocolate, and ranked No. 1 bantamweight in the f****** world, b****!”

Robbery, or not. O’Malley now holds the title of bantamweight champion, although it is unclear what happens next. Champion Aljamain Sterling threw out several possible names for his next opponent, including O’Malley, and UFC President Dana White suggested Henry Cejudo may be next in line for a title shot. O’Malley himself isn’t quite willing to demand one next, but “Sugar” does believe he’s in position to make his 2023 championship prediction come true.

“I said I was going to be champ 2023, and we’re damn near there boys,” O’Malley said. We’re pretty close.

” It all depends on the new contract that I sign. Let’s see if I can make three rounds and earn as much as money, then let’s go for it. [But] no, I think a title shot is inevitable. That’s my opinion. It doesn’t matter if it happens in six or five months. Dude, I’m not sure. I might get that itch. I’m a competitor. I love to fight, [but] the last thing you want to do is go out there and risk your title shot. I could be the f****** world champ next fight, or I could take this risky fight, lose, and then have to win two more. It’s tricky. I think a lot is going to matter when I sit down with the UFC, have a conversation with them, see where their head is at, go back and forth, and then we’ll see.”


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