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UFC 280: Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev - Winners and Losers

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The expectation from former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and his late father Abdulmanap was that Khabib would retire from the UFC and Islam Makhachev would take his place on the throne shortly after. Makhachev made that dream come true with a dominant win over former champion Charles Oliveira at the main event of UFC 280 on Saturday.

His second-round surrender victory came almost two years after Nurmagomedov made his final title defense with a second-round surrender win over Justin Gaethje in Abu Dhabi.

At the joint main event, a selfish and apologetic TJ Dillashaw gets into a fight that none of his business admits. He lost that fight by a second-round TKO and then made a rather empty remark to the rest of the episode after falling out to UFC petty champion Aljamain Sterling.

Prior to the two best matchups, Sean O’Malley answered many questions about his position as a legitimate contender and potential title contender in the 135-pound division, while former players Beneil Dariush and Belal Muhammad continued to rack up wins and build cases for championships. in their own departments.

Read on for all the UFC 280 fight winners and losers. UFC 280 took place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The motherboard was broadcast on ESPN+ pay-per-view after preliminary preparations on ESPNews.


Islam Makhachev: Islam Makhachev dominated in winning the vacant UFC lightweight title. He landed 73 percent of his key hits and 84 percent of his total attacks, while shooting three-for-two during 8:16 combat action and collecting a control time of 5:05.

The 31-year-old former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and the patroness of the late Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov were overwhelming in securing the win.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: I’m sure Islam Makhachev is happier than Khabib Nurmagomedov at the end of the UFC 280 main event, but by a very small amount.

Aljamain Pound: Aljamain Sterling did what he had to do to beat the injured TJ Dillashaw, and that’s all you have to do when you’re champion.

Sean O’Malley: I don’t know if Sean O’Malley has what it takes to be a UFC champion, but until Saturday any suspicions that I’m one of them should be silenced after UFC 280. O’Malley’s striking and ability to use his height keep him in any small fight. If he can support the knockdown defense and strengthen the striker defense, it will be a more significant threat than it already is.

Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot: There are MMA levels that Mateusz Gamrot learned from Beneil Dariush on Saturday. Dariush won his eighth consecutive win by defeating Gamrot with his decision. Dariush’s takedown defense was superb, his grappling skills were top-notch, the timing of his strokes was outstanding, and his cardio on the way to raising his hand was fantastic.

On this card, like Belal Muhammed before him, Dariush battled number 6 against number 9 in the standings and took a sad win. In a post-fight interview, Dariush said he wouldn’t be begging for anything, but the UFC matchmakers needed to find him a higher-ranked opponent for their next outing.

As for Gamrot, the decision loss didn’t reveal him, but it should serve as a lesson in what it takes to reach the next level of MMA.

The UFC matchmakers did a great job preparing this fight.

Taila Santos: For someone who hasn’t fought in the past two weeks, Taila Santos could have been the biggest winner in the UFC women’s flyweight division. Alexa Grasso and Manon Fiorot have had high-profile wins in the division during this time. However, none of these women said they wanted a matchup with that division’s champion, Valentina Shevchenko. With that, the UFC matchmakers should give Santos a rematch with Shevchenko. The two fought back in June, and Shevchenko nodded with a split decision.

Belal Mohammed: Belal Muhammed made a statement at UFC 280. Underdog against bottom line Sean Brady, Mohammed lost his reputation as a “just” point fighter for at least one night and showed that he wasn’t afraid to go into battle.

Mohammed used pressure and headshots to knock down Brady, who rose to get his first knockout since 2016.

A stoppage victory should secure Mohammed with a title fight, or at least a title elimination. In a post-fight interview, Mohammed, undefeated in his last nine games, called for a title fight or a matchup against Khamzat Chimaev.

Caio Borralho: Caio Borralho made some gradual improvements in UFC 280. In his previous battle, a decisive victory over Armen Petrosyan in July, he seemed content to take the best control and pause. Borralho was a little busier in that position during this fight. Borralho needs to increase his aggression and efficiency if he is to hope to move forward.

At 29, Borralho has a 3-0 and 10-game winning streak in the UFC. So he’s heading in the right direction, but his approach to fighting against more versatile opponents won’t do him any good.

Nikita Krilov: Nikita Krylov may have been overconfident and hitter in the early moments of the light heavyweight match against Volkan Özdemir. However, once he settled in and fought to his strengths, he dominated the battle, speeding up takedowns and controlling things on the field.

I don’t know how much this victory will elevate Krylov in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings. He was number 8 before his UFC 280 unanimous decision victory. It should still rise to the number 7 currently held by Dominick Reyes. Reyes is on a three-game losing skating. He has not fought since May 2021.

Mohammed Mokaev: Mohammed Mokaev is a very confident and talented wrestler. He also celebrated his 22nd birthday on July 30. Unfortunately, the confidence, talent, age, and hype behind him seem to be working somewhat against him when he entered the UFC earlier this year.

There were times in his fight when Mokaev was more interested in showing off than in victory, in a contest he had been running as the -1150 favorite against Malcolm Gordon.

Mokaev is brash and outspoken and has talent and potential. However, as she said in her post-fight interview, she can’t belittle her opponents. I think he did that a bit against Gordon.

Karol Rose: Karol Rosa realized early on that her rival Lina Lansberg didn’t have much to offer in terms of defense and getting off the back. He took advantage of his opponent’s weaknesses in the first two rounds. However, Rosa also seemed content with increasing her control time when she was in the top position on the mat. If Rosa hopes to move forward, she needs to find a better balance between ground control and aggression on the ground. If he fails to do so, he may find himself on the wrong side of the scorecards.

Rosa scored a standing goal in the third round as she found success with her kicks against a tired Lansberg.


Charles Oliveira: Charles Oliveira lost his first fight in more than four years on Saturday. The match was one-sided, but Oliveira’s run from June 2018 to Saturday has to be acknowledged, especially since the 33-year-old has gotten a lot better in his long UFC career.

It had been almost eight years of his UFC career when Oliveira’s 11-game undefeated streak began in 2018. As a 10-8-0-1 fighter, it is to be commended that he succeeded once he started running with the promotion.

T.J. Dillashaw: TJ Dillashaw’s apology for getting stuck in a fight with a narrow chance of winning sounded good, but those words sound empty and meaningless. He continued to look like he could compete selfishly, and for what? Paycheck? To avoid surgery? At UFC 280, he did himself, his weight class, his opponent, and the UFC a disservice by fighting a shoulder he knew he couldn’t stand during the event.

Petr Yan: The loss of Sean O’Malley shouldn’t upset Petr Yan too much. The fight was competitive and could easily get in the way as a result of the split decision. Yan won’t get the next title fight, but other than that, he remains one of the best fighters in the division.

Manon Fiorot: I don’t know if anything was lost in the translation, but after Manon Fiorot defeated the #1 fighter in the UFC women’s flyweight division, he had the opportunity to call up a matchup against that division’s champion Valentina Shevchenko. . He didn’t, which would make it all too easy for UFC matchmakers Shevchenko to miss out as he tries to line up his next title fight.

Sean Brady: Sean Brady got off to a good start in his middleweight match against Belal Mohammed, but his veteran had a superior game plan and the jaw to execute it.

The knockout loss was the first of Brady’s career. That said, I’m very interested to see what kind of fighter returns on Brady’s next outing. Judging by everything we’ve seen from the 29-year-old actor, I hope he will recover and make a point.

Volkan Ozdemir: Volkan Özdemir spent the first minute of his fight against Nikita Krylov well. Other than this brief success, it had little to offer.

A former light heavyweight champion, Oezdemir has been 1-3 years old in the past two years.

Lina Lansberg: Lina Lansberg made her third decision in a row in tonight’s open fight. Lansberg offered little in terms of takedown defense or the ability to get off his back when Karol Rosa put him on the mat.

UFC commentators: Once again, Paul Felder and Daniel Cormier talked about takedowns for tour stealing. MMA scoring doesn’t work that way. Both should know this. Old and bad habits seem incredibly difficult for UFC employees to get rid of.

Those who let TJ Dillashaw continue: I have no problem letting TJ Dillashaw start the second round. I have a problem with anyone who lets Dillashaw continue after it became clear he was fighting with one arm.

Henry Cejudo: C’mon now. Aljamain Sterling was born in New York.