Streaking UFC bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley has listed one dream match he hopes to secure some time in the future, in the form of a clash against current interim champion and former undisputed gold holder, Petr Yan.
O’Malley, who is currently ranked at #12 in the official bantamweight pile, boasts a 15-1 professional record – earning his way back into the top-15 back in December with a first round knockout win over Raulian Paiva in a one-sided performance.
The victory came as the Montana native’s third consecutively, following a July knockout win over Kris Moutinho, and a highlight-reel ground strike knockout win over now-promotional alum, Thomas Almeida back in March at UFC 260.
O’Malley has yet to book his next outing off the back of his win against Paiva, however, when appearing on Bradley Martyn’s YouTube channelover the weekend, the Contender Series alum explained how he would welcome a dream fight against current interim gold holder, Yan in the future.
“If I had to say one person, probably Petr Yan, the Russian,” Sean O’Malley said. “He’s a f*cking gangster. He’s probably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I think it’d be a sick f*cking fight. I don’t look at Petr Yan and think I couldn’t beat him. I wouldn’t have said that just now, that I want to fight him. I could fight Petr (Yan), I could beat anyone in this division right now. I believe my skills are that high. I’m able to perform at the highest level.”
Whilst O’Malley continues to recover from a hand injury, Dudinka native, Yan is slated to return to the Octagon on April 9. at UFC 274 in a championship rematch against fellow division gold holder, Aljamain Sterling in Jacksonville, Florida.
Yan managed to clinch the interim bantamweight title with a unanimous decision win over short-notice replacement, Cory Sandhagen in the co-main event of UFC 267 on ‘Fight Island’.
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