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UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev

UFC 280
  • Saturday 10.22.2022 at 10:30 AM ET
  • U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View | Prelims: ESPN
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Ownership: Endeavor
  • Venue: Etihad Arena
  • Location: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • TV Announcers: Jon Anik, Paul Felder, Daniel Cormier
  • Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
  • Post-Fight Interviews: Daniel Cormier
  • Attendance: 13,400
  • MMA Bouts: 12
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Fight Card

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Honors & Awards

  • Performance of the Night
    Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev   |   $50,000 bonus to Makhachev
  • Fight of the Night
    Petr Yan vs. Sean O'Malley   |   $50,000 bonus to each fighter
  • Performance of the Night
    Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady   |   $50,000 bonus to Muhammad


  • Jason Herzog
    Oliveira vs. Makhachev (12)Yan vs. O'Malley (10)Cerminara vs. Fiorot (8)
  • Marc Goddard
    Sterling vs. Dillashaw (11)Oezdemir vs. Krylov (5)Petrosyan vs. Dobson (3)
  • Daniel Movahedi
    Dariush vs. Gamrot (9)Muradov vs. Borralho (6)Mokaev vs. Gordon (2)
  • Lukasz Bosacki
    Muhammad vs. Brady (7)Nurmagomedov vs. Omargadzhiev (4)Länsberg vs. Rosa (1)

Event Discussion


07.12.2023 | 10:45 AM ET

I’m still sad

07.12.2023 | 11:31 AM ET

I'm still satisfied 

Felt so good seeing people tear up 

07.19.2023 | 7:42 AM ET

Why would other people's pain feel good?

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Fight Predictions

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UFC 280 Wiki

UFC 280 was a pay per view event put on by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on October 22, 2022. The event took place at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 280 was the first and only UFC event held at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, which hosted the first UFC event in the UAE in 2010 and became a popular destination during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The main event was a Lightweight title fight between #1 ranked Lightweight contender and former Lightweight Champion Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira and #4 Lightweight contender and Nurmagomedov disciple Islam Makhachev. The co-main event was a Bantamweight title fight between reigning Champion Aljamain Sterling and former two-time Bantamweight Champion and #2 Bantamweight contender T.J. Dillashaw. At various points leading up to the event, as many as sixteen fights were scheduled to take place, but only twelve occured on the day of the event. Notable cancellations include a bout between Strawweight contenders Marina Rodriguez and Amanda Lemos (rescheduled to the November 5 Fight Night and made the main event), Heavyweight bouts with Parker Porter, first against Egyptian wrestler Hamdy Abdelwahab (withdrew due to injury) and Tunisian-French prospect Slim Trabelsi (Trabelsi forced out due to a contract dispute with manager Fenand Lopez), and a Featherweight bout between Zubaira Tukhugov and Lucas Almeida (Tukhugov forced out due to a bad weight cut). 

The prelims opened at 10:30 EST with a Women's Bantamweight fight between Lina Lansberg and Karol Rosa. The first round was fairly close, with the most notable action being a knockdown of Rosa from a Lansberg punch. Rosa dominated the second and third rounds with her grappling, but she lost a point in the second for throwing an illegal knee to a grounded Lansberg's head. Ben Cartlidge and Darryl Ransom scored the fight 29-27 for Rosa, while David Lethaby scored it as a 28-28 draw (giving R1 to Lansberg).

The second fight was a Flyweight contest between surging prospect Muhammad Mokaev and Malcolm Gordon. Gordon had decent moments on the feet and twice threatened Mokaev with a rear naked choke, but Muhammad spent most of the fight attacking on the ground from top position and against the fence. Mokaev submitted Gordon via armbar at 4:26 of the third round.

The third fight was a Middleweight contest between two Dana White Contender Series alumni; kickboxing stud Armen Petrosyan and AJ Dobson. Petrosyan spent most of the fight scoring points on Dobson from range. Dobson showed excellent defense with his head movement, guard, and footwork, but struggled to let loose and generate offense. Dobson's three takedowns were ineffective, netting him only 49 seconds of control time and never putting Petrosyan in danger during their limited grappling exchanges. Junichiro Kamijo, David Lethaby, and Darryl Ransom all scored the fight 30-27 for Petrosyan.

The fourth fight was a Welterweight contest between fellow Russian grapplers Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Gadzhi Omargadzhiev. Omargadzhiev threatened Nurmagomedov earlier with a couple guillotine attempts, but most of the fight was spent with Nurmagomedov riding on top. Both fighters were gassed and sluggish late in the fight and little meaningful offense was generated at times. Nurmagomedov won via unanimous decision, with Anders Ohlsson giving him all three rounds while Ben Cartlidge and Vito Paolillo give Omargadzhiev the first to make it 29-28.

The fifth fight was a Lightweight contest between longtime contenders Nikita Krylov and Volkan Oezdemir. Oezdemir started strong early, dropping Krylov in the first minute and hurting him on the feet while a wobblling Krylov struggled to land on Oezdemir. Krylov would recover and use his power and his takedowns to take control of the fight. Krylov had Oezdemir badly hurt with straight punches more than once, and his seven takedowns and 9 minutes, 17 seconds of control time negated Oezdemir's offense. Krylov won via unanimous decision, with David Lethaby giving him all three rounds while Anders Ohlsson and Vito Paolillo give Oezdemir the first to make it 29-28.

The sixth fight was a Middleweight contest between Contender Series product Caio Borralho and Makhmud Muradov. Borralho and Muradov threw a combined 33 significant strikes and the fight was mostly contested on the mat. Borralho underperformed relative to expectations but got the nod via unanimous decision. Clemens Werner gave Muradov the second round, scoring the fight 29-28. Junichiro Kamijo and Vito Paolillo gave all three rounds to Borralho. Druing the fight, referee Daniel Movahedi warned Muradov multiple times about his fingers being near Borralho's eyes as Muradov was attempting to put his hands on Borralho's mouth and push his opponent's head up to create separation during grappling exchanges.

The prelims ended with a Welterweight between two top ten contenders; UFC veteran and #5 Welterweight Belal Muhammad and grappling virtuoso and #8 contender Sean Brady. The first round began with both mean feeling each other out before settling in and trading strikes in the last minute and a half. Both fighters landed hard on each other's, but Brady was more visibly affected by Muhammad's strikes. The striking match continued in the second, with Brady unable to bait Muhammad using his level changes and both men trading shots. Both men threw heat at each others' heads and continued to land clean. Muhammad was able to keep the fight standing by stuffing Brady's takedowns and continued to pressure Brady and attack the head. Muhammad landed a powerful right hand with 50 seconds left in the round that hurt Brady, and Brady appeared gassed and wobbly as the fight progressed and Muhammad stepped up his attack. After Brady ate several more big shots, referee Lukasz Bosacki stopped the fight at 4:47 of the round and Muhammad won via TKO. This victory gave Muhammad his third UFC finish and his second UFC TKO victory, as well as a Performance of the Night honors.

The main card opened with a Women's Flyweight fight between #1 contender Katlyn Chookagian and #6 contender Manon Fiorot. The fight was back and forth throughout, with both fighters struggling to find their range against an opposite stance fighter. Fiorot's power and sidekicks made the difference in the fight. David Lethaby, Anders Ohlsson, and Vito Paolillo all gave Chookagian the first round and Fiorot the second and third, giving Fiorot the 29-28 unanimous decision victory.

The next fight on the card was a Lightweight contest between #6 contender Beneil Darriush and #9 contender and former KSW Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Mateusz Gamrot. Darriush entered the fight as a +225 underdog despite being on a seven fight win streak and having previously been scheduled to face title challenger Islam Makhachev in early 2022 before being forced out due to injury. Both men are accomplished grapplers and Gamrot forced the fight to the mat early, constantly hunting takedowns and submissions. Darriush was unfazed, using his own transitions and submission attempts to hold off Gamrot, and he confidently outstruck Gamrot on the feet. Gamrot went 4/19 on his takedown attempts and ate a powerful counter left in the third round that dropped him. Junichiro Kamijo and Darryl Ransom scored the fight 30-27 Darriush, while Clemens Werner gave Gamrot the first round and scored it 29-28. Darriush used his post-fight interview to send a message of solidarity to Assyrian Christians living under persecution in Iran and to profess his faith in Jesus Christ.

#1 Bantamweight Contender and former Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan faced #13 Bantamweight Sean O'Malley in the next fight. The first round was back and forth with the fighters throwing nearly equal amounts of significant strikes and do similar damage. The biggest moment of the round was a slam takedown by Yan which lead to modest ground and pound. Yan dominated the second round with his takedowns and hard shots. Suga Sean came alive in the third, out-striking Yan with both volume and power and opening up a cut on Yan's right eyebrow that bled profusely and forced Yan to wipe the blood from his face. Overall, the men were evenly matched in their striking exchanges, wherea Yan scored six takedowns and had 5 minutes and 44 seconds of control time. The fight ended in a split decision victory for O'Malley; Ben Cartlidge and David Lethaby scored it 29-28 O'Malley and Vito Paolillo scored it 29-28 Yan. All three judges gave Yan the second round and O'Malley the third, making the first the deciding round. Of 2067 viewer, scorecards submitted on MMA Decisions, 75.5% gave the fight to Yan. This fight won Fight of the Night Honors.

The co-main event commenced afterwards. Sterling scored a takedown early and stopped on top for nearly the entire round, throwing ground and pound on a seemingly injured Dillashaw who posed little resistance. Despite clear signs that Dillashaw was hurt and unable to properly defend himself, referee Marc Goddard did not intervene. In between the rounds Dillashaw's corner had to pop his left shoulder back into it's socket. Nevertheless, the shoulder popped back out and Sterling's domination continued, leading to a TKO victory at 3:44 in the second round. Dillashaw would reveal in his post-fight interview that his shoulder popped out multiple times during his camp and he elected to fight anyway. Sterling's victory gave him his second successful title defense.

The much anticipated main event title fight closed out the event. Oliveira opened the fight with a headkick attempt and pressured Makhachev early, but Makhachev took him down against the cage and maintained top control for most of the round. Oliveira's patented submission attempts off the back were ineffective against Makhachev, and Do Bronx was forced to defend multiple ground strikes. The second round proceeded in similar fashion, with Oliveira seeming unusually determined to stay off the mat. Makhachev would eventually catch Oliveira with a powerful left hand that dropped him before pouncing on a wounded Oliveira and putting him in an arm triangle choke. The former champion's eleven fight win streak ended when he was forced to tap at 3:16 in the round, and Makhachev earned the Lightweight title and a Performance of the Night Bonus.

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