UFC 299 Main Card Preview: All You Need to Know About O’Malley vs Vera and Poirier vs Saint Denis

UFC 299 Main Card Preview: All You Need to Know About O’Malley vs Vera and Poirier vs Saint Denis

Joel Reyes
February 29, 2024 at 2:30 PM
  • Sean O'Malley will defend his bantamweight title against Marlon Vera
  • Dustin Poirier and Benoît Saint Denis square off in a lightweight bout
  • UFC 299 will take place at Kaseya Center in Miami, Florida on March 9

We are just a few days away from UFC 299, and excitement is building for one of the year's biggest events.

Sean O'Malley and Marlon Vera will lock horns on March 9 for the UFC Bantamweight Championship, while Dustin Poirier and Benoit Saint Denis face off in a mouth-watering welterweight clash.

Here’s all you need to know about the main card fights in UFC 299.

UFC 299, Sean O'Malley, Marlon Vera, Dustin Poirier, Benoit Saint-Denis
Sean O'Malley and Marlon Vera face off ahead of their UFC 299 fight. Image: Chris Unger.
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Sean O'Malley vs. Marlon Vera

The much-anticipated bantamweight title showdown between Sean O'Malley and Marlon Vera will headline the card. Their upcoming bout will be a rematch of their clash back in August 2020 at UFC 252.

Vera won their first fight in stunning fashion, beating O'Malley via TKO in the first round. O'Malley's night took a turn for the worse when an ankle injury started hindering his movement.

Vera took full advantage of O'Malley's ankle issue, getting top position on the latter and landing some big shots. That left the referee no other choice but to stop the fight, per USA Today.

A lot has changed since that showdown almost four years ago. O'Malley is now the bantamweight champion after he knocked out Aljamain Sterling in the second round at UFC 292.

O'Malley will look to avenge his only loss against Vera, who is coming off a unanimous decision win over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 292.

Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint-Denis

The much-awaited showdown between Poirier and Saint-Denis will finally take place at UFC 299. There were fears the fight wouldn't push through after Poirier said he had never signed a contract with the promotion for the bout.

Those fears were allayed shortly thereafter, with Poirier saying that it was all a misunderstanding, per Bleacher Report.

Poirier is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 291. Saint-Denis, on the other hand, last fought at UFC 295, knocking out Matt Frevola in the first round.

Ngannou's punching machine score goes viral

Sports Brief recently reported on Francis Ngannou's terrifying punching power.

The former UFC star showed off his impressive power on a punching machine.

The video showed the Cameroonian getting the maximum score on the device.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.