Sean O’Malley stops Raulian Paiva in one at UFC 269
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada once again tonight, December 11, 2021, for UFC 269.
Headlining the card is a UFC lightweight championship bout between our newly crowned champion Charles Oliveira, who faces No. 1 contender and former interim champion Dustin Poirier in the five round main event of the evening.
Co-headlining is UFC women’s bantamweight & featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, who looks to defend her bantamweight title for the sixth time tonight in her return to the division against No. 3 ranked TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena.
Sean O’Malley opened up the main card tonight against No. 15 ranked Raulian Paiva.
Many believe O’Malley should be facing someone higher up in the rankings, though he’s unranked himself. Paiva however is no easy task, and looks to become the first (Marlon Vera) man to defeat Conor McGregor 2.0 here tonight.
Continue reading to see how this epic bantamweight clash went down:
Official Result: Sean O’Malley def. Raulian Paiva via TKO (punches) at 4:42 of round one
O’Malley comes out and gets his straight punches going, just as Paiva does the same with his leg kicks. He lands a number of calf kicks to the leg of O’Malley, and they certainly had some impact, but O’Malley’s stance switching is starting to make it difficult.
O’Malley’s jabs and crosses are looking good, but he missed a few of his harder shots. He was trying for the overhand, and toward the end of the round he lands a thunderous one that drops Paiva. O’Malley then swarmed the Brazilian en route to the TKO victory.
THE SUGA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!
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