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UFC 280 Oliveira vs. Makhachev

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When Khabib Nurmagomedov left the UFC lightweight championship and retired from mixed martial arts two years ago, the sport’s prospects turned to longtime teammate and protégé Islam Makhachev. And now its time has come.

Makhachev (22-1) will attempt to win the UFC’s 155-pound title as he will face Charles Oliveira (33-8) at the main event of UFC 280 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday. The pay-per-view program airs at a special time at 2:00 PM ET.

The timing of the match probably couldn’t have been better. Makhachev was always expected to fight for the belt at some point, and now he will do so against an enemy in Oliveira that no one wants to bet on. Oliveira struggled through each of her three championship defenses against Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje before winning the title.

The Brazilian fighter took 11 consecutive wins and 10 finishes in the process. The only reason he wasn’t technically a lightweight champion this week was because he lost half a kilo before his latest win against Gaethje in May.

In addition to the main event, bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (21-3) will defend the title against TJ Dillashaw (17-4), who surrendered in 2019 after testing positive for a banned substance. And fan favorite Sean O’Malley (15-1) will face the biggest test of his career at Petr Yan (16-3).

Rewatch the fights as Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi, and Jeff Wagenheim, or watch the card live on ESPN+ PPV.

Ongoing fight: Light heavyweight: Nikita Krylov (28-9, 9-7 UFC, -170) – Volkan Oezdemir (18-6, 6-5 UFC, +145)


Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov (17-3-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (13-2, 0-2 UFC) unanimous decision (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

Nurmagomedov from Dagestan got his first win in 2022 after the referees’ scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

The fight was tight, but Khabib’s cousin Nurmagomedov was more aggressive and a better wrestler. According to UFC Statistics data, Nurmagomedov increased his 7:55 control time, mostly in the top position. He got a hard kick from Omargadzhiev in the second round, but he used the shot well and returned to control the Russian fighter on the ground. In the third round, he knocked Omargadzhiev down with his right hand on his feet.

This was Nurmagomedov’s first game since his win against Jared Gordon in March 2021. He has an overall 2-1 score in the UFC.

Omargadzhiev has been down 0-2 since winning a contract with Contender Series last year.

Middleweight: Armen Petrosyan (8-2, 2-1 UFC) vs. AJ Dobson (6-2, 0-2 UFC) unanimous decision (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

It was Petrosyan who had face damage at the end of three rounds, but appearances were deceiving as the former kickboxing world champion controlled the fight from the beginning to win all three rounds (30-27, 30-27, 30-). 27) for his third victory in his last four games.

Petrosyan, 31, who had fought outside of Armenia, kept the appropriate distance for most of what turned out to be a stunning fight from start to finish. Dobson was taken down three times in the first two rounds, but mostly seemed content with standing and trading.

The problem with Dobson, 30, of Powell, Ohio, was that he wasn’t trading enough. He covered Petrosyan with blood and punched more effectively, but his punches and kicks were relatively few. Dobson struck less than half of Petrosyan’s.

As a result, Dobson lost for the second time since Dana White joined the UFC from the Contenders Series last year.

Men’s flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev (9-0, 3-0 UFC) def. Malcolm Gordon (14-7, 2-3 UFC) with third-round submission (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

Mokaev’s quest to become the youngest champion in UFC history is still ongoing, despite taking an almost disastrous turn in this fight.

Fighting outside England, Mokaev presented Gordon with an armbar with just 34 seconds left in their 125-pound competition. The finish came after Mokaev was forced into a nearly back-naked choke in the second lap. Gordon took back the 22-year-old phenom and threatened to drown when the second round was over.

Gordon, 32, beat Mokaev in the third lap and was in a great position to make a upset, but Mokaev found the finish late. He’s up 3-0 in the UFC, and all three wins are coming this year.

“10 years difference” [in age] “between this man and me,” said Mokaev. “I’m 22 years old. This is my third fight in the UFC in six months. Losing weight is hard, but I have the best team.”

To become the youngest champion in UFC history, Mokaev will need to win the title by March 2024. If that happens, Jon Jones will break the current record.

Women’s bantamweight: Karol Rosa (16-4, 5-1 UFC) def. Lina Lansberg (10-7, 4-6 UFC) majority decision (Watch this fight on ESPN+)

Rosa sucked a hard right hand in her face in the opening minute of the fight – and this contributed to her winning the match. The 27-year-old Brazilian, who went into battle with two more knockout wins, brought the fight to the canvas shortly after that punch from the two-time Muay Thai world champion Lansberg. time medal.

Rosa quickly realized that avoiding a standing fight was the smartest route to victory. And Rosa continued to do so, controlling the match by beating Lansberg three times in the first two rounds and winning for the seventh time in her last eight games (29-27, 29-27, 28-28). Rosa was deducted one point for kneeling in the face of her suspended opponent in Round 2.

The 40-year-old Swede Lansberg has lost three fights in a row.

It will still come:

Lightweight championship: Charles Oliveira (33-8 1 NC, 21-8 1 NC UFC, +160) vs. Islam Makhachev (22-1, 11-1 UFC, -190)
Men’s bantamweight championship: Aljamain Sterling (c) (21-3, 13-3 UFC, -165) vs. TJ Dillashaw (18-4, 13-4 UFC, +140)
Men’s bantamweight: Petr Yan (16-3, 8-2 UFC, -280) vs. Sean O’Malley (15-1 1 NC, 7-1 1 NC UFC, +230)
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush (21-4-1, 15-4-1 UFC, +170) vs. Mateusz Gamrot (21-1, 4-1 UFC, -200)
Ladies flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian (18-4, 11-4 UFC, +175) vs. Manon Fiorot (9-1, 4-0 UFC, -210)
Middleweight: Belal Muhammad (21-3 1 NC, 12-1 1 NC UFC, +120) vs. Sean Brady (15-0, 5-0 UFC, -140)
Middleweight: Makhmud Muradov (25-7.3-1 UFC, +170) vs. Caio Borralho (12-1, 2-0 UFC, -200)

(c) = defending champion