UFC 280 event will see UFC returning to UAE after a year. The event is scheduled to take place on October 22, 2022 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and will be part of Showdown Week.
Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev will clash over the Lightweight title in the main event. Aljamain Sterling will defend Bantamweight title against TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event.
Check below for the complete details on UFC 280: Oliveira vs Makhachev event.
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Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev (Lightweight title fight)
Aljamain Sterling(c) vs TJ Dillashaw (Bantamweight title fight)
Sean O’Malley vs Petr Yan
Baniel Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot
Katlyn Chookagian vs Manon Fiorot
(Women’s Catchweight 128 lbs fight)
Belal Muhammad vs Sean Brady (Welterweight fight)
Makhmud Muradov vs Caio Borralho
Nikita Krylov vs Volkan Oezdemir
(Light Heavyweight fight)
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
Armen Petrosyan vs AJ Dobson
Muhuammad Mokaev vs Malcolm Gordon
Karol Rosa vs Lina Lansberg (Women’s bantamweight fight)
Canceled or Moved bout
- Hamdy Abdelwahab vs Parker Porter
- Slim Trabelsi vs Parker Porter
- Amanda Lemos vs Marina Rodriguez
- Magomed Mustafaev vs Jamie Mullarkey
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Jailton Almedia
- Magomed Mustafaev vs. Yamato Nishikawa
- Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lucas Almeida
News & Updates
October 21, 2022: Both Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev made weight successfully to make the main event official. Katlyn Chookagian missed weight for her flyweight bout by 1.5 lbs. Her bout will proceed at catchweight. Check the complete weigh-in results here.
October 21, 2022: Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lucas Almeida was removed from the card due to weight management issues for Tukhogov.
October 20, 2022: Beniel Dariush said on Media Day that he won’t be bothered much if does not get a title shot after a win at UFC 280.
“I’ve done everything I needed to do, and if I win this fight – Lord willing, I do – I’ve got nothing left to prove. So if they want to give me the title shot, great. If they don’t want to give it to me, great. I know who I am and I know what I want, and I know what I’m going to do – and that’s fighting.Beniel Dariush on Lightweight title shot, ht – MMA Junkie
October 20, 2022: Charles Oliveira claimed on Media Day that he will knockout Islam Makhachev in the first round itself.
“I am going to knock him[Makhachev] out in the first round.”Charles Oliveira on his UFC 280 fight, ht – MMA Media
October 20, 2022: Islam Makhachev said on Media Day that he is looking to get a finish against Charles Oliveira.
“I’m still looking for the finish. I know I’m going to finish him[Oliveira], because he always gives up, it will still be the case.”Islam Makhachev on UFC 280 fight, ht – MMA Media
October 19, 2022: Islam Makhachev said in the press conference that he believes it is his moment.
“Right now, he[Charles Oliveira] is the champion. Right now, he’s the best lightweight but I don’t think he’s the best. Right now, I know this is my moment. I believe even right now I am the best lightweight in the world.”Islam Makhachev on UFC 280, ht – MMAFighting
October 19, 2022: Charles Oliveira revealed that he will get PPV points for this event despite not entering the event as the champion.
October 18, 2022: Magomed Mustafaev vs Yamato Nishikawa bout was removed from the early prelims due to Nishikawa’s contract issue with his previous promotion.
October 17, 2022: The broadcast team was revealed for the event. Paul Fedler, Jon Anik and Daniel Cormier are on the commentary with Megan Olivi working as the roving reporter and Bruce Buffer working as the ring announcer.
October 16, 2022: Islam Makhachev’s manager Ali Abdelaziz said they are recognizing Charles Oliveira as the Lightweight Champion and will try to take the title away from him.
“Charles Oliveira is the UFC lightweight champion. We are the contender, we just go there to try to challenge the champion to take something very very heavy from him.”Ali Abdelaziz on Olieveira vs Makhachev, ht – Sportskeeda
October 15, 2022: Charles Oliveira said that he will shock the world in his fight against Islam Makhachev.
“I am going to shock the world yet again. Well, opinions are subjective and some people believe that I would be a potential winner, he would be a potential winner. But I am gonna show that my history, my background, the number of fights I have had, my contenders, these will come to show on that very night. In this sense, I will shock the world because people will change their opinion about this.”Charles Oliveira on UFC 280, ht – Low Kick MMA
October 14, 2022: Sean O’Malley joked about confusion on UFC 280 main event backup fighter and tweeted that he is also a backup fighter for Oliveira vs Makhachev fight.
October 12, 2022: Khabib Nurmagomedov told UFC Russia that Islam Makhachev will defeat Charles Oliviera at UFC 280 as he is a more skilled fighter.
“I think Islam is more skilled than Oliveira. Also, he’s at his peak. Islam is at his peak. A week after the fight, he’ll be 31. It’s the best time for any athlete.”Khabib Nurmagomedov on Oliveira vs Makhachev, ht – MMA Junkie
October 11, 2022: Aljamain Sterling claimed that TJ Dillashaw might have found a way to cheat in preparation for their fight.
“I already made peace with that, there’s a chance that I’m going to be fighting a guy that’s already souped up. If there were odds I would say about 90 percent this guy is finding another way to cheat, even if it’s some type of microdosing or however that stuff work.”Aljmain Sterling on TJ Dillashaw, ht- MMA Fighting
October 10, 2022: Alexander Volkanowski revealed that he will be the backup for the main event at UFC 280. More details here.
October 9, 2022: Sean O’Malley said on DC & RC show that he wants to be Conor McGregor levels, and a win over Petr Yan could take him there.
“There’s really no one in the UFC right now that is that Conor level. Me, I go out there and beat Petr in spectacular fashion, I’m climbing. I’m not going to be there yet and I know that, but I’m climbing to become that guy. I want to be the Conor.”Sean O’Malley on wanting to be a star like Conor McGregor, ht – MMA Fighting
October 8, 2022: Islam Makhachev’s manager Ali Abdelaziz confirmed via Twitter that Hasbulla will be in Makhachev’s corner at UFC 280 in his fight against Charles Oliviera.
October 8, 2022: Islam Makhachev pointed out on Twitter that Charles Oliviera has not reached Abu Dhabi event two weeks before UFC 280 when he was planning to come 20 days in advance. Oliviera responded with an Instagram post saying, “Calm down, Dad is coming!”
October 7, 2022: Adriano Martins, the only man to defeat Islam Makhachev until now, predicted Charles Oliviera to win against Makhachev.
“I see Charles as the favourite because he’s on a roll as champion. He fought a lot of tough people recently and completely ran through them. Oliveira is unpredictable and can knock him out and can submit him.”Adriano Martins on Oliveira vs Makhachev, ht – MMA Fighting
October 5, 2022: Conor McGregor predicted on Twitter that Oliviera will beat Makhachev easily.
October 3, 2022: Aljamain Sterling said in an interview with Submission Radio that he TJ Dillashaw is still using some kind of drugs to get an edge in his fights.
“If I had to make a prediction, I would say there’s definitely no doubt in my mind that that guy’s finding some type of doctor or little micro-dosing or whatever, however that s**t works. I guarantee you he’s finding some type of way to get an edge once again, as he’s done his entire UFC career. So I already made peace with it.”Sterling on Dillashaw’s Drug Issues, ht- BJPenn.com
October 1, 2022: Belal Muhammad revealed in an interview that Khabib Nurmagomedov will be part of his corner team in his bout against Sean Brady.
Sept 24, 2022: Sean O’Malley tweeted that he will be surprised if he gets hit by Petr Yan even once during their bout.
Sept 23, 2022: UFC shared a clip where Aljamain Sterling said that he is more than ready to “skin the snake[TJ Dillashaw].”
“We [have] got 30 days baby until UFC 280. We’re going to skin the snake, baby!HT- MMAMania
September 20, 2022: Jailton Almeida vs vs Shamil Abdurakhimov rescheduled from Fight Night to UFC 280, as per a report from AG.Fight.
September 18, 2022: Jamie Mullarkey pulled out from UFC 280 due to an injury. UFC was working to find another fighter for Magomed Mustafaev.
September 18, 2022: Hamdy Abdelwahab pulled out of this event for undisclosed reason from his fight against Parker Porter. Slim Trabelsi came in to replace Abdelwahab but he was removed from UFC roster due to contract issues with Ares FC. Parker Porter was pulled out of event after this, as per MMA Junkie.
September 17, 2022: Goerge St-Pierre said in an interview that Oliveira will have to stay in the center of the cage to win the fight.
“If the fight stays generally in the center of the octagon, that will give the advantage to Oliveira. However, if the fight goes mostly toward the fence, near the fence, that will give the advantage to Makhachev.”GSP on Oliviera vs Makhachev bout, ht- The Schmo via MMA Junkie
September 17, 2022: Cory Sandhagen said he is surprised that Sean O’Malley got a match against Petr Yan after a poor performance against Pedro Munhoz in his last bout.
“I think Sean’s last showing against Munhoz wasn’t good. Nothing really happened in the first round, and then he poked the guy in the eye in the second one.”Cory Sandhagen on Yan vs O’Malley, ht- MMA Junkie
September 15, 2022: Khabib Nurmagomedov tweeted and suggested that if Charles Oliviera does not show up for the fight, he can be replaced with Beniel Dariush at UFC 280.
“I just think Charles Oliveira will not show up in Abu Dhabi and the UFC will replace Charles with Beneil Dariush. Regardless of who the opponent will be, Makhachev is on his way to becoming the best in the world.”Khabib’s Tweet on Oliviera vs Makhachev
September 15, 2022: Beniel Dariush revealed to MMA Fighting that he is the backup for Oliveira vs Makhachev Lightweight title fight.
September 14, 2022: UFC released Official Trailer for UFC 280 event.
September 12, 2022: Sean Brady’s teammate Pat Sabatini said in an interview that Brady is going to show his best version against Belal Muhammad.
“I have never seen him more hungry, never seen him look better, so excited for him. I know he’s going to, you know? Own it… He’s hyper focused. I know it’s going to be the best Sean Brady you guys have ever seen.”Pat Sabatini on Sean Brady’s preparation for UFC 280, ht- Sportskeeda
September 11, 2022: Anthony Smith said in a press conference that Aljamain Sterling might finish TJ Dillashaw.
“I would definitely favor Aljo(Aljamain Sterling), I think it’s going to be close and competitive. If there’s a finish, though, I would say it’s probably Aljamain finishing Dillashaw.”Anthony Smith in Sterling vs Dillashaw, ht- Sportskeeda
September 6, 2022: Former Lightweight Champion Gilbert Burns chimed in on Oliveira vs Makhachev debate and said Oliveira will the bout as Makhachev is not like Khabib.
“I think Charles’s career is way better than Islam. Charles’s striking is way better than Islam. Charles is huge, he’s way bigger than me. Charles is on a very good momentum. I do think Charles is gonna win.”Gilbert Burns on UFC 280 main event, ht- MMA News
Aug 30, 2022: Islam Mkahachev said in an interview that he does not think Charles Oliviera believes he can win this fight.
“When he beat (Michael) Chandler, he never say my name, you know? He say Dustin Poirier, but he never say my name. Nate Diaz, he called (out) Nate Diaz. He called (out) Conor (McGregor) many times, but never said my name.”Islam Makachev on Charles Oliveira, ht – MMA News
Aug 28, 2022: Charles Oliviera guaranteed that his fight against Islam Makhachev will not go past first round.
“I’m not worried about what Makhachev can bring. I’m worried about what Charles can take there. You can be sure it won’t go past the first round.”Charles Oliveira on his fight against Islam Makhachev, ht – Ag.Fight via Bloody Elbow
Aug 24, 2022: Khabib Nurmagomedov remained confident that his teammate Islam Makhachev would defeat Charles Oliviera.
“We’re definitely not looking past him, but we are confident we will get through him. We just need to be careful, and patient, and stick to the game plan.”Khabib Nurmagaomedov on Oliveira vs Makhachev, ht – Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Youtube Channel
Aug 24, 2022: Magomed Mustafaev vs Jamie Mullarkey bout was officially added on UFC’s event page.
Aug 24, 2022: Sean O’Malley said in an interview that he is looking to do what he needs to do to get the job done against Petr Yan.
“Every time I get into a fight, the goal is put him face first, knock him out. I want to get the finish, that’s always the goal.”Sean O’Malley on his fight against Petr Yan, ht- Full Send MMA
Aug 21, 2022: Justin Gaethje predicted that Islam Makhachev will not be able to dominate Charles Oliveira.
“I am 100% confident that Islam will not dominate Charles, and that’s about it. I don’t know how to explain it, it’s just the way that I feel.”Justin Gaethje on Oliveira vs Makhachec, ht- MMA Fighting
Aug 18, 2022: TJ Dillashaw was surprised at Sean O’Malley getting a fight against Petr Yan.
“He[Sean O’Malley] is great for the sport. He’s great for our weight class and bringing a lot of attention. I don’t see him winning.”TJ Dillashaw on Sean o’Malley’s Fight against Petr Yan, [ht- MMA Junkie]
Aug 14, 2022: Paddy Pimblett predicted that Charles Oliveira will finish Islam Makhachev in their fight.
“I think Charles will finish him, in like 3, something like that. He’s through a much higher caliber of opponents, lot more dangerous fighters, and he’s come through the other side.”[ht – Bloody Elbow]
Aug 12, 2022: Islam Makhachev said in an interview at DC & RC show that Charles Oliveira has only finished older fighters who were only strikers and batch of younger fighters will give him a tough challenge.
“We have new blood – me, (Mateusz) Gamrot, Beneil Dariush. They’re really tough fights for him because Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje, they’re never grappling – they’re just striking. That’s why this is easy fight for him.[ht- MMA Junkie]
Aug 10, 2022: Armen Petrosyan vs AJ Dobson middleweight bout is announced for this event from Iridium Sports Agency and Dobson’s Instagram.
Aug 9, 2022: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs Gadzhi Omargadzhiev was reported for the event. More details here.
Aug 6, 2022: UFC confirmed that Aljamain Sterling will defend Bantamweight Championship against TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event of UFC 280.
Aug 5, 2022: UFC announced a Light Heavyweight bout between Nikita Krylov and Volkan Oezdemir.
Aug 1, 2022: ESPN reported that a flyweight bout between Muhuammad Mokaev and Malcolm Gordon is added to the card.
July 30, 2022: Makhmud Muradov announced on his Instagram that he will fight Caio Borralho at this event.
July 24, 2022: Katlyn Chookagian vs Manon Fiorot flyweight bout was moved from UFC Paris to UFC 280 event, as per RMC Sports.
July 21, 2022: Combate reported a bout between Amanda Lemos and Marina Rodriguez for this event.
July 21, 2022: Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lucas Almeida featherweight bout was reported by Red Fury MMA page on Instagram.
July 21, 2022: UFC confirmed Sean O’Malley vs Petr Yan bantamweight bout via DC & RC show.
July 20, 2022: ESPN’s Bret Okamoto reported Beniel Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot bout for this event.
July 19, 2022: As per Ariel Helwani, the bantamweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and TJ Dillashaw is moved to UFC 280 from UFC 279.
July 18, 2022: Islam Makhachev opened favorite in betting odds at -255 while Oliveira opened as the underdog at +215.
July 16, 2022: UFC Officially announced the Lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev, More details here.
July 13, 2022: UFC changed the name of UFC 281 PPV to UFC 280.
July 9, 2022: ESPN reported a Welterweight bout between Belal Muhammad and Sean Brady, More details here.
March 18, 2022: UFC announced Showdown Week and UFC 281 PPV to take place in UAE.