‘Figuring him out in 15 minutes is impossible’ – Sean O’Malley’s coach reveals how Petr Yan is at disadvantage ahead of fascinating fight

‘Figuring him out in 15 minutes is impossible’ – Sean O’Malley’s coach reveals how Petr Yan is at disadvantage ahead of fascinating fight

Sean O'Malley and Petr Yan

The bantamweight matchup between Sean O’Malley and Petr Yan might have come off as a little overwhelming to all fans and the rising bantamweight himself. However, Suga Sean and his coach are well-prepared to take care of business against the former champ.


UFC 280 has a lot of exciting fights on its card. With two title fights in the main and co-main event, the high chances are they shadow the rest of the card. But make no mistake, on the main card, Petr Yan vs Sean O’Malley is a fight that you don’t want to miss out on.

Yan is undoubtedly the toughest challenge O’Malley has in his hands. The rising bantamweight has a huge step up in completion but his coach, Tim Welch is confident that his fighter has the skills to go toe-to-toe with the former bantamweight champion.

“Anyone who spars Sean, any high-level guy, a guy who comes in from the UFC to spar Sean…they’re like, ‘Holy f**k!'” said coach Welch talking about O’Malley’s underrated skills as a fighter. It is no breaking news that the Russian bantamweight is known to take his time in the octagon before he goes all in on his opponent.


Coach Welch believes this could play in Suga’s favor as this fight happens to be a three-round bout. “Being able to figure him [O’Malley] out in 15 [minutes] is damn near impossible, I think,” said the coach talking to Submission Radio in a recent interview.

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Does Sean O’Malley get a title shot after winning against Petr Yan?

Sean O'Malley
Sean O’Malley (IMAGO / ZUMA Wire)

Just to give more perspective on how big of a jump in competition, Petr Yan is for O’Malley, a quick look at the rankings of the bantamweight division would tell you everything you needed to know. The Russian fighter is currently the #1 ranked fighter in the talented 135-pound division.

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O’Malley, on the other hand very recently entered the bantamweight rankings and is now sitting in the #12 spot. Not often do we get to see a fighter who has barely entered the top 10 of the division fight a number-one title contender. Despite all the good contenders in the division, a potential win against Yan could very well be the ticket O’Malley needs to become the next title contender.

Suga Show is the biggest name draw in the bantamweight division and has huge stardom. Taking into consideration the number of PPV buys that O’Malley would draw, Sean “Sugar” O’Malley is just one win away from potentially fighting the champion of the division next.

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