Las Vegas, NV — Fan favorite Adrian Yanez picked up the biggest win of his UFC career so far at UFC Vegas 43, and because of that, some big names have him on their radar.
On Saturday, Yanez (15-3) earned a unanimous decision win over Davey Grant and was awarded yet another post-fight bonus. In his four UFC fights, he has received a Performance of the Night bonus three times, and has now added Fight of the Night.
While he was already a fan favorite, Yanez is finally getting the attention of fighters in his division— which he should, because a top 15 match-up is most likely in his future. After his fight was over, UFC superstar Sean O’Malley tweeted out “March.”
— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) November 20, 2021
Yanez was asked about the potential fight with O’Malley during his post-fight interview with the media, and he didn’t mince words.
“Oh yeah, sure, maybe, whatever. I would definitely fight Sean O’Malley, but right now, he says he wants to try and get a ranked opponent and all that stuff. But he’s dodging all these other ranked opponents. So let’s dive into one that right quick,” Yanez told the media, including Cageside Press. “So, Sean O’Malley says, let me get a ranked opponent. But then he gets Thomas Almeida, who was on the shelf for a couple of years and he was on a losing streak, but it takes him three rounds to do it, the guy who’s coming off the couch. Yeah, talk about that.”
“Also, Eddie Wineland, also a guy who was off the couch for a long time, already at the tail end of his career, knocks him out. That doesn’t really get any play, get any brownie points for me. If you go out there and starch someone like Davey Grant, Davey Grant can take a shot, can take a hard shot. Against Chito Vera, he goes out there against Chito and kind of plays and toys with him, knocks him down to the ground. I don’t know man, there are ups and downs with that. And when he fought Kris Moutinho, he had the chance to fight a guy who’s ranked at the time in Ricky Simon but didn’t fight him. So I don’t know. But I’d be down to fight him, I don’t care. They’d have to pay me more. He’s all about the money, but I am too. I have a family to feed.”
Yanez said he hears Twitter and social media about the potential fight with O’Malley, and knows O’Malley is talented— but feels like the opponents he has faced simply aren’t that impressive.
“Like he fights a guy like Kris Moutinho, who is a 125er and moves up last second. Of course, he is supposed to look good against him, a guy who is taking it last second, moving up a weight class. Yeah, whatever,” Yanez said.
A fight between Yanez and O’Malley would no doubt be fun and a striker’s delight. If it isn’t next, perhaps it will happen down the line.
Watch the rest of Adrian Yanez’s UFC Vegas 43 post-fight interview above. More coverage from the event can be found below.