Petr Yan has formally hit a tough patch after his most up-to-date look at UFC Las Vegas.
Once a seemingly unstoppable power with one loss upon arrival within the UFC, Yan, 30, now finds himself determined for the style of victory. This previous weekend’s occasion headliner noticed “No Mercy” look to snap a two-fight skid in opposition to the very best buddy of his outdated rival Aljamain Sterling, Merab Dvalishvili. Unfortunately for Yan, he was on the receiving finish of classic “Machine” trouncing because the Georgian wrestling sensation earned 50-45 scorecards throughout the board, choosing up a unanimous resolution and ninth straight victory.
Coming up quick by way of cut up resolution in his unification title rematch with Sterling in April of final 12 months, Yan initially deliberate to rebound in opposition to rising star Sean O’Malley the next October. The pair of wonderful strikers placed on a Fight of the Night worthy present, incomes an extra $50,000 a bit, however ultimately, it was O’Malley who handed Yan yet one more split-decision loss. After seeing this most up-to-date defeat of Yan’s, “Sugar” feels considerably responsible for the Russian’s continued descent.
“I genuinely in my heart felt bad for Petr,” O’Malley stated on the TimboSugarPresent. “After, I’m like, ‘Goddamn it.’ You go from simply the scariest — Dustin Poirier saying you’re the very best boxer, you’re on the pound-for-pound checklist, you’re the baddest dude within the division, persons are frightened of you … Then you f****** illegally knee ‘Aljo.’ Then you lose a detailed battle to ‘Aljo.’ Then you get beat by me.
“I felt like he looked a little different in there, but it also might be that’s how good Merab is. Merab might have just made him look like that. I just saw it and I’m like, damn, I took a little something from Petr, I feel like.”
O’Malley’s win over Yan solidified him because the No. 1-ranked contender within the promotion’s official rankings till Dvalishvili’s win, bumping him to No. 2. Since then, the rainbow-haired knockout artist claims that UFC President Dana White has knowledgeable him that he’ll be subsequent for the winner of Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo, who face off at UFC 288 on May 6.
Regardless of the trending course of Yan’s profession, O’Malley nonetheless has loads of respect for his hardest problem so far.
“I feel like maybe he just, I don’t know. [49 takedown attempts from Dvalishvili], it’s insane,” O’Malley stated. “[Yan’s defense], additionally insane. I believe he was so — I’m gonna say embarrassed that he misplaced to me, which he shouldn’t be. I’m f****** fairly expert, however you don’t need to lose to me. I received f****** pink hair, I’m cute, you already know …
“He was so embarrassed that he lost to me that he wanted that [win] back so bad and the division’s booked. Rob [Font], Adrian [Yanez], like the whole division is booked out. Merab was the only one. That just shows you how f****** gangster Petr is. He didn’t care, he said, ‘I want Merab. I have to get this win back. I can’t be coming off a loss to ‘Sugar Sean.’’”
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Fight to make?
Violence from Korea’s GOAT.
Wild within the west.
Nate Landwehr (16-4) vs. Austin Lingo (9-1); UFC San Antonio, March 25
Aaron Pico (10-4) vs. Otto Rodrigues (13-1); Bellator 295, April 22
Kai Kara-France (24-10, 1 NC) vs. Amir Albazi (16-1); UFC Fight Night, June 3
Bantamweight has gotten so bizarre since Cody Garbrandt beat Dominick Cruz (which makes me much more unhappy). Realistically, you can do O’Malley vs. Dvalishvili on the identical evening as Sterling vs. Cejudo and I don’t suppose there’d be something unsuitable with that.
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