MMA Results: Sean O’Malley Dominates at UFC 299!

Sean O’Malley is on a mission to become the king of the fight world, and his showdown with Marlon Vera at UFC 299 was a step worthy of a royal parade

All week, the chatter was endless: “Is O’Malley’s star power just a lot of hot air?” Well, after his spectacle at the Kaseya Center in Miami, those whispers might just simmer down. O’Malley danced around the octagon, a blur of speed, power, and fancy footwork, making Vera, who’s known for his slow burn starts, look like he was stuck in mud. The bantamweight title? O’Malley had it in the bag, leaving Vera in the dust, round after round.

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What’s more jaw-dropping? O’Malley’s punchy performance or Vera’s ironclad chin? O’Malley landed a knee so perfect, you’d think “Chito” had been smacked with a steel rod. And yet, Vera, bloodied but unbowed, weathered the storm, his streak of never being finished in 33 fights still standing.

Sean O’Malley’s knack for landing more hits than a viral video—his significant strike difference is second only to, well, himself—is something to behold.

Post-fight, O’Malley’s chat with Joe Rogan was all about the crunch he felt on Vera’s face—nose, cheek, who knows?

When the dust settled, Vera tried to turn the tide with some wild exchanges, but O’Malley, channeling his inner warrior from his bout with Petr Yan, dodged and weaved, clinching those final rounds too.

After flexing his bantamweight belt, O’Malley’s eyes are set on featherweight glory, calling out Ilia Topuria, yet not dismissing a dance with bantamweight contender Merab Dvalishvili. “Dana, where’s my private jet to Spain?” he quipped.

Dana White, the UFC head honcho, can’t sing O’Malley’s praises enough, putting him up there with the legends of the bantamweight division, even hinting at a Conor McGregor-level fame. But a Topuria vs. O’Malley face-off? White’s playing coy.

Dustin Poirier dealt a staggering blow to Benoit Saint Denis, clinching a knockout victory in the second round that echoed through the lightweight division, tying him with Drew Dober for the apex in division knockouts.

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The brawl, set against the vibrant backdrop of Miami’s Kaseya Center, saw Poirier, boasting a seasoned record of 30-8 in MMA and 22-7 in the UFC, navigate Saint Denis’ aggressive onslaught with surgical precision. Saint Denis, holding his ground with a 13-2 MMA and 5-2 UFC record, found himself outmatched at 2:32 of Round 2, succumbing to Poirier’s decisive power.

From the opening bell, the fighters set a furious pace, with initial exchanges of crippling leg kicks leading to a dramatic guillotine choke attempt by Poirier amidst a takedown. Saint Denis momentarily flipped the script, securing a superior hold, yet the stand-up battle resumed swiftly, fists flying with lethal intent.

Despite the fight’s swift cadence, suited more for a marathon than a sprint, Poirier flirted with the guillotine once again in Round 2, only for the tide to turn back to an intense stand-up exchange.

The turning point arrived when Poirier’s left connected, sending Saint Denis reeling. Capitalizing on the moment, Poirier unleashed a fury, a devastating right hook marking the endgame, and solidifying his knockout victory.

This win not only ties Poirier with Dober for divisional knockout supremacy but reaffirms his elite status at 35, signaling he’s far from fading in the fierce lightweight arena.

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UFC 299: Full Fight Card Results Overview

Pay-Per-View Highlights:

  • Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera: O’Malley clinches victory through unanimous decision, with scores of 50-45, 50-45, 50-44.
  • Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint Denis: Poirier secures a knockout win with a precise punch at 2:32 in Round 2.
  • Michael Page vs. Kevin Holland: Page emerges victorious by unanimous decision, scoring 29-28 across the board.
  • Jack Della Maddalena vs. Gilbert Burns: Della Maddalena wins by TKO, leveraging powerful elbows at 3:34 of Round 3.
  • Petr Yan vs. Song Yadong: Yan takes the win through unanimous decision, with all judges scoring 29-28.

Prelim Showcase:

  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Jailton Almeida: Blaydes dominates with a TKO victory just 36 seconds into Round 2.
  • Maycee Barber vs. Katlyn Cerminara: Barber secures a unanimous decision win, with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
  • Mateusz Gamrot vs. Rafael dos Anjos: Gamrot wins by unanimous decision, with judge scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.
  • Kyler Phillips vs. Pedro Munhoz: Phillips achieves victory through unanimous decision, scoring 30-27 across all cards.

Early Prelims Breakdown:

  • Philipe Lins vs. Ion Cutelaba: Lins earns a unanimous decision win with scores of 29-28 from all judges.
  • Michel Pereira vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk: Pereira secures a win through submission via rear-naked choke at 1:01 of Round 1.
  • Robelis Despaigne vs. Josh Parisian: Despaigne clinches a quick TKO victory with a punch at just 18 seconds into Round 1.
  • Assu Almabayev vs. C.J. Vergara: Almabayev triumphs with a unanimous decision, scoring 30-27 on all cards.
  • Joanne Wood vs. Maryna Moroz: Wood edges out with a split decision win, with scores of 28-29, 29-28, and 29-28.