Sean O’Malley entered into Saturday’s bantamweight battle against Thomas Almeida with first-round surfaces in eight of his 12 wins. He believed he had an additional.

Midway via the opening round of the UFC 260 main-card bout in Las Vegas, O’Malley tottered Almeida with a left knee to the chin, then sent him falling versus the cage with a straight left hand. And afterwards, O’Malley left.

However, the fight was not over. Umpire Mark Smith did not jump in, and the sturdy Almeida climbed up back to his feet.

It was an error by O’Malley (13-1). However, all it did was provide followers several more mins of viewing him execute masterfully before the 26-year-old from Phoenix scored a third-round knockout to recover from his only loss.

The genuine ko followed another minute in which O’Malley just left. After going down Almeida with a brief left hand in the 3rd round, O’Malley transformed and started to celebrate. Yet again, the ref did not step in. This moment, however, Almeida (22-5) remained on his back, so O’Malley got on him with a big right hand that finished the fight by ko at 3 minutes, 52 seconds of Round 3.

” I just have 15 mins to carry out, maybe several times a year,” O’Malley claimed. “When I act, I obtained ta do something sweet.”

For Almeida, 29 and from Brazil, it was the 5th loss in his previous six fights. Before that, he had been 21-0 with victories in his first four UFC appearances.

O’Malley shed on Aug. 15, 2020, to Marlon Vera, whose leg kicks were definitive. O’Malley claimed he heard the objection.

” It’s so gratifying,” he stated. “A lot of individuals were talking about that. For eight months, I’ve been handling it, obtaining messages and also simply saying stuff like that. To be able to go out there versus a great kickboxer that was trying to kick my legs … was a great performance. It feels excellent to shut people up … I do not recognize if you can ever before shut people up. However, it feels good.

” When I act, I flow. It felt good remaining in there for three rounds. I assumed I was going to complete him in the second. Leading up to the battle, I believed I was most likely to piece him up in the first and obtain him out of there in the second. Thomas is a challenging, hard dude. Much regard to him, but it felt great to be able to do three rounds.”

O’Malley gained a $50,000 performance-of-the-night perk.