Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida UFC 260 – Preview – MMA Sucka


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Sean O’Malley prepares to struggle Eddie Wineland of their bantamweight bout throughout the UFC 250 occasion at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photograph by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The “Suga” present is upon us girls and gents, and this Saturday at UFC 260, Sean O’Malley will look to smoke the hard-nosed Brazilian Thomas Almeida in a pivotal bantamweight showdown.

The March 27 pay-per-view is stacked and takes place on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Whereas the heavyweight rematch between Francis Ngannou and champion Stipe Miocic calls for the headlines, definitely by night time’s finish, a lot of the speak will likely be surrounding the winner of O’Malley and Almedia.

Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida – Battle Of The Strikers

Realistically, O’Malley may have simply headlined his personal struggle night time card given the kind of hype he has, however that may all come screeching to a halt if he can’t get previous Almeida. With 17 profession knockouts out of 26 fights, the Brazilian can undoubtedly spark Sean O’Malley if the chance was to current itself.

With the Chute Boxe background of Almeida, this all however guarantees to remain on the toes. Moreover, the bout has a particular air of significance as a result of followers and pundits alike get to see how O’Malley responds to his first skilled loss. After two first-round knockouts over Jose Quiñonez and Eddie Wineland, the bantamweight’s ascension was electrical. Previous to the nagging leg damage that led to him getting completed by No. 15 ranked Marlon “Chito” Vera, O’Malley regarded unstoppable. As UFC 260 approaches, the younger famous person will look to garner momentum towards a harmful opponent.

Conversely, the Brazilian Almeida has endured a few setbacks within the UFC, however all of them have been towards top-rated opposition. A number of the losses Almeida suffered have been to the at the moment ranked No.3 Rob Font, and No. 11 ranked Jimmie Rivera, so his document is deceiving when it comes to how powerful of an out he actually is.

By The Numbers – Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida

Sean O’Malley Stats (Courtesy of ESPN)

  • SLpM: 6.35 – (Vital Strikes Landed per Minute)
  • Str. Acc.: 57% – (Vital Placing Accuracy)
  • SApM: 3.76 – (Vital Strikes Absorbed per Minute)
  • Str. Def: 64% Vital Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that didn’t land)
  • TD Avg.: 1.05 – (Common Takedowns Landed per quarter-hour)
  • TD Acc.: 50% – (Takedown Accuracy)
  • TD Def.: 61% – Takedown Protection (the % of opponents TD makes an attempt that didn’t land)
  • Sub. Avg.: 1.1 (Common Submissions Tried per quarter-hour)

Thomas Almeida Stats (Courtesy of ESPN)

  • SLpM: 5.39
  • Str. Acc.: 44%
  • SApM: 4.69
  • Str. Def: 64%
  • TD Avg.: 0.00
  • TD Acc.: 0%
  • TD Def.: 75%
  • Sub. Avg.: 0.0

A mirrored image of the statistics signifies that the probabilities of a takedown aren’t probably on Almeida’s half. O’Malley does have, on common, one submission per quarter-hour, so the likelihood is unquestionably current. Granted, it could stand to purpose that’s yet one more avenue to victory for “Suga.”

As well as, an necessary stat to concentrate to is critical strikes absorbed per minute, and the American as soon as once more has the Brazilian beat there too, by an honest margin besides. Total, it could seem O’Malley on paper has Almeida beat, for the reason that pattern dimension is far smaller, and the numbers aren’t the final word issue to find out a struggle’s outcome.

Don’t miss UFC 260 and Sean O’Malley’s return to motion towards Thomas Almeida this Saturday on ESPN+.

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