Petr Yan believes that Sean O’Malley is getting too much attention.
On Saturday’s UFC 280 main program at Etihad Arena, Yan faces off against fan favorite O’Malley. After preliminary bouts air on ESPNews and ESPN+, the main card is shown on pay-per-view.
O’Malley defeating Yan would be a “breakout moment,” as UFC president Dana White put it, similar to Conor McGregor’s dethroning of Jose Aldo with a 13-second knockout in 2015. But Yan promised he would ruin the celebration.
“Considering the other side of things, you can definitely compare it to Conor-Aldo fight,” Yan said on UFC 280 media day.
“Sean is a UFC project and Conor wannabe, but the result of this matchup will be different. You saw my fight with Aldo already.”
“I realize it’s three rounds, it’s a different distance,” Yan said.
“I need to be as focused as I was before, just need to be more sharp.”
He continued, “No doubt he has good striking skills and a very unorthodox style, but if we consider the mental part of things, I believe that I’m stronger.”