Joe Rogan believes Petr Yan beat Sean O’Malley at UFC 280 final weekend, because the revered pundit questioned the scoring system used within the elite MMA promotion.

Russian Yan fell to a second consecutive defeat in on Saturday in Abu Dhabi when rising bantamweight prospect O’Malley was handed a controversial break up resolution, profitable 29-28 on two of the three scorecards, whereas Yan was given the struggle 29-28 on the opposite.

Some instantly questioned the scoring, with former two-weight champion Henry Cejudo claiming it was the “largest theft in UFC historical past.”

A viral clip of 29-0 light-weight king Khabib Nurmagomedov expressing his dismay with the event backstage on the Etihad Area has been seen over 2 million occasions.

Others, nonetheless, have argued that the struggle was a detailed contest and O’Malley did sufficient to edge it by touchdown constant strikes, additionally opening up a gash close to Yan’s proper eye with a vicious knee shot.

Throughout the newest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan joined the throngs of revered figures within the UFC by backing ex-bantamweight champion Yan, after first evaluating O’Malley’s displaying within the largest take a look at of his 16-1 profession.

“He was actually in it in opposition to Petr Yan, who was a former champion, the very best within the division, the primary contender,” stated Rogan.

“It was a really shut struggle, and he undoubtedly harm Petr on a number of events. He caught him with that massive knee, rocked him. However the query is: How a lot is the takedown price? How a lot is management price?”

Yan landed some heavy photographs on O’Malley and confirmed off a few of the high quality which has led to him being described as among the many greatest strikers within the UFC. The Russian additionally loved important floor superiority in opposition to his American rival. 

Rogan, nonetheless, questioned the affect of takedowns throughout the struggle whereas asserting that he nonetheless thought Yan did sufficient to win.  

“Takedowns with out harm, what’s the [value]?” requested Rogan.

“I’m not denying that I believed Petr Yan gained, as a result of I did suppose he gained on the finish of it, however [it’s] takedowns with out harm versus standup with harm, as a result of ‘Sugar’ landed extra strikes standing and had massive moments. 

“Yan had some massive moments, too, one massive left hand that rocked him. The query is how priceless are these takedowns and the way priceless is that prime sport, that management?

“We’re restricted by this 10-point should system,” Rogan stated.  

“One man can win a spherical 10-9 and it may be a really shut spherical, and somebody can win a spherical clearly and it may be 10-9. That doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Yan’s camp has already dismissed rumors that the 29-year-old will terminate his four-fight contract with the promotion early on account of perceived poor therapy.

Rogan’s fellow commentator and former two-division champion Daniel Cormier this week instructed that Yan might stroll away from the UFC. 

Following his win, O’Malley has risen 10 spots up the bantamweight rankings and has changed Yan because the division’s primary contender.

Yan, who gained the bantamweight title in 2020, has now misplaced three of his final 4 fights within the UFC and is 16-4 total in his profession.   

The Siberian could have to attend for one other shot at present 135lbs champion Aljamain Sterling, who gained the belt off Yan through disqualification in 2021 after which beat him in a rematch in April of this 12 months in one other contentious judging resolution. 

Reviews have claimed that Jamaican-American Sterling will subsequent face former two-weight champion Cejudo at UFC 284 in February.

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