Pros react after Sean O’Malley defeats Marlon Vera at UFC 299

By Chris Taylor - March 9, 2024

Tonight’s UFC 299 event was headlined by a rematch between Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera for the promotion’s bantamweight title.

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O’Malley (18-1 MMA) and Vera (23-9 MMA) had originally collided back at UFC 252 in August of 2020, with ‘Chito’ emerging victorious in the opening round after ‘Suga’ suffered an ankle injury.

Since their first encounter, Sean O’Malley put together a 5-0 (1 no-contest) record, capturing the promotion‘s bantamweight world title in the process. ‘Suga’ was most previously seen in action at UFC 292, where he dethroned Aljamain Sterling with a second-round TKO victory.

Meanwhile, Marlon Vera had also most previously competed at UFC 292 in August of last year, where he scored a unanimous decision win over Pedro Munhoz. That victory had gotten ‘Chito’ back into the win column after dropping a split decision to Cory Sandhagen.

Tonight’s UFC 299 main event resulted in an absolute masterclass from Sean O’Malley. While the fight ended up going the distance, O’Malley was able to put on a striking clinic, absolutely battering Marlon Vera for the majority of their twenty-five-minute affair. ‘Suga’ clearly had the speed advantage over ‘Chito’, which he utilized to control and smother the challenger. After five-rounds of hard-fought action, O’Malley was awarded a much-deserved unanimous decision victory.

Official UFC 299 Results: Sean O’Malley def. Marlon Vera by unanimous decision (50-45 x2, 50-44)

Check out how the pros reacted to ‘O’Malley vs. Vera 2’ below:

Post-fight reactions to Sean O’Malley defeating Marlon Vera at UFC 299:

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