Dana White Calls UFC 299 Headliner Biggest Bantamweight Fight Ever

Oh, boy. The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s bantamweight division? It hit its peak at UFC 299. That’s not just me talking; Dana White, the big boss himself, kicked off the post-fight presser with some high praise for Miami.

Miami, he said, was on fire. The event pulled in a whopping $14.14 million at the gate. A sellout crowd of 19,165 fans made it the highest-grossing event the arena had ever seen. “We broke our own record,” White beamed. And yep, it’s the fourth-highest grossing UFC event ever. Miami’s just smashing it, folks.

Then there was the main event. Sean O’Malley, that dude with the hair, defended his bantamweight title against Marlon Vera. And oh, did he defend it. The fight was a masterclass by O’Malley, even though he didn’t finish Vera. He tried, though, landing 141 significant strikes and leaving Vera looking like he’d been in a war.

White was all praises. “He put on a clinic,” he said. Vera’s chin? Apparently made of some superhuman material because he took everything O’Malley threw at him. Those knees, those shots, and still, he stood.

Now, Vera wasn’t everyone’s pick for the No. 1 contender. But O’Malley wanted this fight, a chance to avenge his 2020 loss to Vera. And when you’re Sean O’Malley, you get what you want.

“Biggest bantamweight fight of all-time,” according to White. The energy, the excitement, the pay-per-view numbers – it was unprecedented for the division.

And then there’s the Conor McGregor comparison. Can O’Malley reach those heights? “He’s on his way,” White said, calling him the biggest star in bantamweight history. Quite the statement.

But O’Malley’s future? That’s a bit up in the air. He’s eyeing a move up to featherweight, wanting a piece of Ilia Topuria. But Dana White? He’s not too keen on fighters jumping divisions right after winning a title. And there’s Merab Dvalishvili waiting in the wings, a ready-made No. 1 contender.

So, what’s next for O’Malley? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure – UFC 299 was one for the history books.

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