Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the UFC fight night 280.
In the main event at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Charles Oliveira (33-8) will tangle with Islam Makhachev (22-1) to fill the vacant UFC lightweight title.
Petr Yan takes on 11th ranked ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley in the men’s bantamweight category. O’malley has a record five wins by knockouts in this category.
Round 1: O’malley has the height advantage over Yan and he’s making it count as he has better reach too. O’Malley puts in a couple of leg kicks. That is followed by a body hold from Yan and O’Malley breaks it after a short struggle. Yan with an amazing set of moves to pin O’Malley down. End of round 1
Round 2: The Etihad erupts as both Yan and O’Malley exchange powerful jabs to their faces
Sixth ranked Beneil Dariush will lock horns with ninth ranked Mateusz Gamrot. Dariush holds the record of fourth most wins in lightweight division – 15, while Gamrot comes in to this match on a four match win streak.
Round 1: Dariush puts in a strong leg hold, Gamrot struggles but gets out of the deadlock after a good 20-25 seconds. A competitive round comes to an end with a powerful kick from Gamrot
Round 2: Gamrot is getting dominated here by a crafty Dariush. The latter tried a couple of foot grapples but failed on both occasions. Dariush in the driver’s seat as we near round 2’s end. Gamrot finally gets his leg hold on Dariush but it is cut short as the round comes to an end
Round 3: Third and final round. Dariush attempts a takedown straightaway but Gamrot counters it without any trouble. WOW! Dariush dishes out a thundering kick on Gamrot and the latter falls down but he’s back immediately. This is followed by a good hold from Gamrot. And that is the end of third round
Beneil Dariush wins the tie!! 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 is the final score. He is now third on the list of most wins in lightweight category – 16
Women’s fly weight
Katlyn Chookagian will take on Manon Fiorot in the first match of the main card. Ranked number 1 in women’s flyweight, Chookagian is on a four match winning streak coming into the fight.
Manon Fiorot is the winner via unanimous decision!! 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
Welterweight: Belal Muhammad def. Sean Brady – Knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4.47
Middleweight: Caio Borralho def. Makhmud Muradov – Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28), Round: 3, 5:00
Light Heavyweight: Nikita Krylov def. Volkan Oezdemir – Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28), Round: 3, 5:00
Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev – Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27), Round: 3, 5:00
Middleweight: Armen Petrosyan def. A.J. Dobson – Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27), Round: 3, 5:00
Flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev def. Malcolm Gordon – Submission (armbar), Round: 3, 4:26
Women’s Bantamweight: Karol Rosa def. Lina Länsberg – Decision (majority) (29–27, 29–27, 28–28), Round: 3, 4:26
A pair of title matches top today’s loaded UFC 280 card.
In the main event at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Charles Oliveira (33-8) will tangle with Islam Makhachev (22-1) to fill the vacant UFC lightweight title. The co-feature sees Aljamain Sterling (21-3) defend his bantamweight crown against T.J. Dillashaw (18-4).
Brazil’s Oliveira was set to make his first defense of the lightweight title at UFC 274 in May. However, he became the first fighter in UFC history to be stripped of a belt for missing weight when he came in a half-pound overweight for his bout with Justin Gaethje. Several fighters complained about the accuracy of the scale used by Arizona’s athletic commission.
The fight went on, and Oliveira submitted Gaethje in the first round, extending his UFC-record total of submissions to 16 while logging his 11th straight win. The victory meant the title stayed vacant. (Gaethje would have become champion with a victory.)
Makhachev, meanwhile, has gone on a tear. The Dagestan native is the top protege of UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov and competes in a similar style. He has used dogged grappling to set up ruthless ground strikes en route to compiling a 10-fight win streak.
The bantamweight title bout will see Dillashaw attempt to become just the second fighter ever to hold the same UFC weight-class title thrice, after former heavyweight champion Randy Couture. The Denver resident twice held the 135-pound title. He also sat out a two-year suspension after testing positive for EPO in 2019.
Dillashaw returned in July 2021 and earned a split decision over top contender Cory Sandhagen, but he hasn’t fought since.
Sterling, from Massapequa, N.Y., is looking to assert himself as champion. After being handed the title via disqualification against Petr Yan at UFC 259 in March 2021, he barely quieted his critics in eking out a split-decision win over Yan in the rematch at UFC 273 in April 2022. Still, he takes a seven-fight win streak, dating back to 2018, into the bout and can boost his credentials with a win over the former two-time champ.
Lightweight bout (Title): Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhchev
Bantamweight bout (Title): Aljamain Sterling vs TJ Dillashaw
Bantamweight bout: Petr Yan vs Sean O’Malley
Lightweight bout: Beneil Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot
Women’s flyweight bout: Katlyn Chookagian vs Manon Fiorot
When and where to watch UFC 280?
The UFC 280’s matches will start at 11.30pm IST and will be telecast live SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 3 (Hindi) & SONY TEN 4 (Tamil & Telugu) channels.