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UFC 299 LIVE: Sean O’Malley and Chito Vera title fight goes all five rounds

Re-live updates after ‘Sugar Sean’ defended his bantamweight title against Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera

Alex Pattle
Combat Sports Correspondent
Sunday 10 March 2024 08:45 GMT
Francis Ngannou says Anthony Joshua was 'way better' during post-fight press conference

Sean O’Malley avenged the only defeat of his professional career on Saturday, outpointing Marlon Vera to retain his bantamweight title at UFC 299.

It was a masterclass by “Sugar Sean”, who outstruck “Chito” across five rounds to secure a unanimous-decision win (50-45, 50-45, 50-44). With the victory, O’Malley made his first title defence a successful one, having knocked out Aljamain Sterling to win the title in August. The American also took revenge upon Vera, who beat him via TKO in 2020.

The standout moment of the fight saw O’Malley drill a knee into his challenger’s face in round two – a shot that the Ecuadorian somehow survived. O’Malley then dropped Vera to a knee just before the buzzer signaled the end of the round.

Vera, 31, showed spirit to muster a decent spell of offence at the end of round three and early in round four, with O’Malley briefly retreating. However, the champion hurt Vera with a cross in the fifth and final round and saw out a clinical performance in the remaining minutes.

Re-live updates and results from the UFC 299 main card and prelims, below.


UFC 299 LIVE: Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera

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Alex Pattle10 March 2024 08:45

UFC 299 LIVE: Sean O’Malley vs Chito Vera

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Alex Pattle10 March 2024 08:30

UFC 299 LIVE: Dustin Poirier fights through adversity to KO Benoit Saint-Denis

What a comeback by Dustin Poirier tonight – both within his fight against Benoit Saint-Denis and in general, following his knockout loss to Justin Gaethje last time out.

Saint-Denis (right) goes for a rear naked choke against Poirier (Getty Images)
Poirier moments before knocking out Saint-Denis (Getty Images)
Alex Pattle10 March 2024 08:10

UFC 299 LIVE: Dana White reacts to Francis Ngannou’s KO by Anthony Joshua

Full story as Dana White reacts to Francis Ngannou’s knockout loss to Anthony Joshua:

UFC president Dana White reacts to Francis Ngannou’s brutal KO loss to Anthony Joshua

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Alex Pattle10 March 2024 07:55

UFC 299 LIVE: Dana White reacts to Francis Ngannou’s KO by Anthony Joshua

UFC president Dana White, a known critic of ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou, is asked about the Cameroonian’s KO loss to Anthony Joshua from last night:

“I did not [see it]. I mean, I saw it on social media.

“Going into the [Tyson] Fury fight... If Fury trained for the fight and didn’t show up and look like he ate Tyson Fury, that’s probably the way that fight would’ve gone, too.

“You know how I feel about the crossover fights in boxing. That’s how they end.”

Ngannou was knocked down by Joshua three times in two rounds on Friday, with the final knockdown putting the MMA heavyweight out cold.

In October, Ngannou made his boxing debut against Fury, losing a controversial decision after dropping the WBC champion.

Alex Pattle10 March 2024 07:40

UFC 299 LIVE: Sean O’Malley vs Chito Vera

Donald Trump watches UFC 299 live in Miami (AFP via Getty Images)
Alex Pattle10 March 2024 07:30

UFC 299 LIVE: Sean O’Malley vs Chito Vera

Jack Della Maddalena finishes Gilbert Burns at UFC 299 (USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con)
Michael ‘Venom’ Page (left) was too slick for Kevin Holland (USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con)
Alex Pattle10 March 2024 07:10

UFC 299 LIVE: Sean O’Malley vs Chito Vera

Sean O’Malley (right) outclassed Marlon Vera across five rounds (Getty Images)
O’Malley after retaining the UFC men’s bantamweight title against Vera (Getty Images)
Alex Pattle10 March 2024 06:51

UFC 299 LIVE: Sean O’Malley vs Chito Vera

Here’s our full report from tonight’s main event:

Sean O’Malley retains title with masterclass against Chito Vera at UFC 299

O’Malley avenged the only loss of his professional career, winning a unanimous decision against Marlon Vera

Alex Pattle10 March 2024 06:39

UFC 299 LIVE: Sean O’Malley vs Chito Vera

Vera’s face is soooo badly swollen. He thanks the Ecuadorian fans for travelling to watch him.

Alex Pattle10 March 2024 06:27

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