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New FSM Preview: UFC 299 – O’Malley vs Vera 2

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It’s a party in the 305 Saturday night as UFC 299 takes place in Miami, Florida!

 

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The UFC returns to Miami with one of the most jam-packed cards of 2024 that promises to deliver an action-filled night at UFC 299.

From the violent lightweight battle taking place in the co-main event between Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier and rising contender, Benoît Saint-Denis, to the UFC debut of the striking phenom, Michael “Venom” Page, UFC 299 has plenty of exciting matchups that will surly deliver violent action at the Kaseya Center.

Above all of the matchups on the UFC 299 card, the main event will truly bring entertainment while also settling a score.

As one of the biggest stars in the UFC looks to notch his first title defense, new bantamweight champion, Sean “Sugar” O’Malley (17-1-0, 1 NC) will also attempt to redeem the only loss in his professional career as he faces fifth-ranked bantamweight, Marlon “Chito” Vera (23-8-1) in a rematch, this time for the 135-pound title.

 

Main Event – Sean O’Malley (-275) vs Marlon Vera (+225)

 

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Since entering the UFC in 2017 as part of Dana White’s Contender Series, Sean “Sugar” O’Malley has been on the path toward one goal: becoming the world’s biggest combat sports star.

The 29-year-old still has a ways to go before becoming the face of fighting, but after defeating the former champion of the division, Aljamain Sterling while also being one of the most talked-about fighters in the sport, O’Malley is well on his way toward his goal with almost zero blemishes on his record. Saturday night at UFC 299, the “Sugar” Show will have the opportunity to take the next step toward super-stardom as he attempts to rewrite the only loss of his professional career against his rival and 10-year UFC veteran, Marlon “Chito” Vera.

Since defeating O’Malley back in 2020, Marlon “Chito” Vera has risen through the UFC ranks himself while also putting on performances that ultimately led to the Ecuadorian securing his first title fight this Saturday at UFC 299. With durability that comes from over a decade of competing against the best fighters in the world and a balanced fight style, Vera has proven to be one of the more dangerous contenders in the bantamweight division. This was prominent when Vera first faced O’Malley in 2020 and secured the first-round TKO victory over the current champion when he was just a rising prospect.

As the headlining bout on a stacked UFC 299 card, the rematch between O’Malley and Vera looks to have the potential to be the best fight of the event on Saturday night. With the personalities of both fighters, the rivalry between the two, and the bantamweight title on the line, the main event of the evening promises to deliver an entertaining conclusion come fight night.

 

Co-Main Event – Benoît Saint-Denis (-215) vs Dustin Poirier (+185)

 

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The co-main event at UFC 299 will feature one of the most decorated veterans in the lightweight division facing off against the most intimidating rising prospect at 155 as Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (29-8, 1 NC) faces Benoît “God of War” Saint-Denis (13-1, 1 NC).

As a veteran with over 30 fights in the promotion, Dustin Poirier has been around the title conversation with multiple attempts and opportunities to become the undisputed champion. After fighting Max Holloway to become the interim lightweight champion, Poirier earned his first title shot in 2019 but was defeated by the champion, Khabib Nermogomedov. Poirier received another title fight after his back-to-back victories over Conor McGregor in 2021 but again was stopped short after losing to the reigning champion, Charles Oliveira.

It’s been a challenging road for Poirier on his path towards becoming a champion. Now at 35 years old, Poirier is coming off of a loss to Justin Gaethje for the BMF title and will need to build up a case quickly to get another shot at the title. It’s possible this was the motivation for the UFC veteran to sign on for his next opponent at UFC 299. What better way to test your limits and prove you still can compete against the best fighters in the world than facing one of the scariest prospects in the UFC in Benoît Saint-Denis?

With only six fights in the UFC, Saint-Denis hasn’t been a part of the promotion long but after watching the French native finish his last five opponents all within the first two rounds, it’s easy to see that Saint-Denis already fights like an experienced series contender.

As the old guard faces the next generation in the lightweight division, Dustin Poirier and Benoît Saint-Denis will both look to kickstart a potential title run with a victory Saturday night as well as establish the pecking order when it comes to the best fighters at 155.

 

Undercard fight – Kevin Holland (-145) vs Michael Page (+115)

 

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The third main card fight of the night will feature the debut of former Bellator welterweight contender and kick-boxing champion, Michael “Venom” Page (21-2) facing off with one of the biggest personalities in the UFC, Kevin Holland (25-10, 1 NC).

As a skilled striker with the personality and skill set to become one of the biggest stars in the UFC, “MVP” looks to potentially have a similar career path as another former kickboxer who found success in the UFC. Israel Adesanya also came to MMA after a successful kickboxing career and came with a personality that stood out from the rest of the UFC roster. As similar as their transitions to the UFC are, Page has a lot of work to do before he reaches the levels Adesanya has achieved during his career. A victory Saturday night against Kevin Holland, a dangerous and entertaining fighter in his own right, will be the first test Page will face as part of the biggest promotion in MMA.

Holland entered the UFC as part of Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. After being given the name “Big Mouth” by UFC President, Dana White, it was evident that Holland was going to be pure entertainment in the octagon. Though Holland caught people’s eye with his style of striking and method of trash-talking throughout his 4-2 start to his UFC career,  the California native has been up and down through his last few bouts. With multiple back-to-back losses along with back-to-back victories, Holland has gone 4-5 through his last nine fights. Despite the setbacks, Holland still stands as a dangerous fight for anyone in the welterweight division.

A victory at UFC 299 will set the course for both fighters going forward. With the hype surrounding the arrival of Michael “Venom” Page to the UFC, a victory isn’t desired but required if he hopes to become the next great kickboxing phenom to reach stardom in the UFC. For Kevin Holland, derailing the hype of “MVP” will surely elevate Holland’s status and possibly put “Loud Mouth” back on the path toward contendership.

 

UFC 299 occurs on Saturday, March 7th, at 5:00 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

-Griffin Kemp – Franchise Sports Media

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