The winner of the sixth UFC tournament, Oleg Taktarov, evaluated the next opponent of the Russian mixed martial arts fighter Petr Yan, the American Sean O’Malley.
“A worthy opponent is one that will help him regain the belt. Everything else is secondary for him: to earn extra money and support the belt. In any case, Peter needs to fight, and it’s good that they gave the fight. Let him perform. Of course, this is always a tense situation, because you can stumble everywhere. You saw what happened in the first fight with Aljamain Sterling, ”Taktarov quotes mma.metaratings.en.
Yan lost by decision to Sterling on April 9, 2022 in a rematch for the championship belt UFC in the lightest weight category.
O’Malley last entered the octagon on July 2: his fight with Brazilian fighter Pedro Munoz was declared invalid due to the fact that the American poked his opponent in the eye.