ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Former UFC bantamweight champion Peter Jan looks to make his way back up the stairs as he meets Sean O’Malley at UFC 280 on Saturday night.
“I think it’s an interesting pairing. I can’t wait for this fight,” Yan told the media through an interpreter on Wednesday.
Yan (16-3) is battling for the title against UFC 280 participant Aljamain Sterling. Yan lost in a separate decision at UFC 273. The match with O’Malley surprised many as Yan was the champion when not. long ago
“Considering that the top 5 players are busy and have a battle schedule. We also had the desire to fight Shaun, the UFC liked the idea and the fight happened,” Yan said.
O’Malley had said earlier in the day that he was looking to make the fight stand and was looking for a knockout against Yan.
“There is no doubt that he has good hitting skills. very unorthodox style But if we consider the mental part of things, I believe I am stronger,” Yan said.
UFC president Dana White compared Yan to O’Malley to the time Conor McGregor beat Jose Aldo for the featherweight title.
“You can definitely compare it to Conor-Aldo’s fight, Sean is a UFC project and Conor wannabe, but the outcome of this matchup will be different. You saw my fight with Aldo, so,” he said.
White also said the winner of Yan vs. O’Malley will continue to fight for the title.
“That’s what we expected. Because no one ranks higher than me,” Yan said.
“No one deserves the title more than me.”
Watch the all-day media battle with Petr Yan above. Yan meets Sean O’Malley on the main card of UFC 280 on Saturday, October 22.nd.