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Front and center in the event is a lightweight bout between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev for the vacant title, and a co-main bantamweight championship fight between Aljamain Sterling and T.J. Dillashaw.
‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira previously nabbed the lightweight belt at UFC 262 when he beat Michael Chandler by TKO. The São Paulo fighter went on to defend his belt against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269, but he subsequently missed weight at UFC 274 against Justin Gaethje. Oliveira won that fight as well, extending his records for most finishes (19) and submissions (16) while growing his winning streak to 11, but wasn’t allowed to retain the belt.
Islam Makhachev, meantime, has been on a tear with a ten-fight winning streak, most recently beating Bobby Green in a UFC Fight Night event. Currently ranked number four in the UFC lightweight division, Makhachev has built a near-perfect record of 22-1 with 10 submissions and four knockouts.
The Russian fighter is also the closest fans will likely ever get to seeing Oliveira take on Khabib Nurmagomedov, who coaches and corners for Makhachev. Nurmagomedov retired in 2021 with the lightweight championship and an undefeated record. Speaking to UFC Russia, Nurmagomedov predicted that Makhachev will “roll over” Oliveira.
But UFC 280’s co-main, Sterling vs. Dillashaw, promises just as much excitement as Oliveira vs. Makhachev. Sterling and Dillashaw are ranked number one and number three in the UFC’s bantamweight division, respectively, with “Funk Master” Sterling holding the belt and Dillashaw looking to become a three-time champion.
And the buzz for UFC 280 doesn’t stop at these two title fights, as the main card also delivers Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley, Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot, and Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot.
In short, UFC 280 promises a seriously good night of MMA fights. Read on for key details about the event, including how to watch UFC 280 online.
When Is UFC 280? Date, Time, Location
UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev is happening tonight, Saturday, October 22 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The action starts with prelims at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT, followed by the main card at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. The main event between Oliveira and Makhachev is expected to get underway around 5:15 p.m. ET / 2:15 p.m. PT.
How to Watch Oliveira vs. Makhachev Online: Live Stream UFC 280
As a numbered event, UFC 280 will be available exclusively as a pay-per-view live stream through ESPN+. To watch Oliveira vs. Makhachev online, you’ll first need to get a subscription to ESPN+ (if you’re not already a subscriber) and then purchase the PPV live stream on ESPN+.
If you don’t have an ESPN+ subscription, head here to sign up. The streaming service, which includes live sports and on-demand content, costs $9.99 per month or $99 a year for an annual subscription.
Once you’re logged into your ESPN+ account, purchase the Oliveira vs. Makhachev PPV live stream separately for $74.99 and you’re ready to live stream UFC 280 online. For new subscribers, this brings the grand total to $84.98 to watch Oliveira vs. Makhachev online.
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UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev Fight Card, Odds
Both of UFC 280’s title fights are expected to be very close matchups. In the main event, Makhachev enters the ring as the (very slight) favorite with moneyline odds of -170 against Oliveira’s +132. And Sterling vs. Dillashaw is just as close: oddsmakers give Sterling the edge with -174 and Dillashaw the underdog odds of +136 (FanDuel).
Here’s the full main card for UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev:
Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev — UFC lightweight title
Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw — UFC bantamweight title
Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley — bantamweights
Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot — lightweights
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot — flyweights