‘Former’ Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Charles Oliveira – who lost his 155-pound title on the ladder in his previous bout – is set to reclaim what he thinks is still his this afternoon in the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 280, which takes place today (Saturday October 22, 2022) inside the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Standing in his way is Islam Makhachev – Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege – who, like his mentor, rarely loses rounds. In fact, Makhachev is the betting favorite thanks in large part to his current 10-fight unbeaten streak, which includes six finishes.
But make no mistake: Oliveira is a killer who excels as an underdog, finishing off animals like Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler in back-to-back bouts. Indeed, it is one of the greatest winning streaks in UFC history.
LET’S MAKE IT YOURS!
Live updates will begin streaming below as both fighters head to the Octagon…
Makhachev, the No. 4 ranked lightweight, was the first to walk to the cage:
Then it was time for “Do Bronx”:
First round :
Oliveira came out of his corner aggressively and, shockingly, Islam stung him with a hard kick early. Moments later he took the fight to the ground and Islam got to work, but Oliveira was already on the offensive, throwing triangles and hitting him with short kicks from the bottom. Islam tried to work the soil and the land, but Oliveira made it very difficult. He then used a leg lock to get out from under Islam and the two got back to their feet along the fence…but not for long. Islam threw him to the canvas with a smooth trip and he was back on top in front of his corner no less. Islam piled him against the fence, smashing his elbow into Oliveira’s face. Oliveira grabbed the back of the neck and tried to keep him close, but Islam landed some solid punches. And that’s how the round ended – a strong round for Islam.
Oliveira’s front kick misses and Islam with another nice counter shot early. Less than 30 seconds into the round and they were already tied along the fence, with Islam fishing to take him down and Oliveira locking knees and short punches in his midsection. Islam eventually let him go, with Oliveira sinking another knee into his stomach on the exit. Back to the center of the Octagon and they both trade some nice shots, nothing spectacular, but Islam is holding on tighter than his feet. Oliveira started chasing, sending hard shots that all missed. Then, out of nowhere, Islam dropped Oliveira with a hard blow, jumped on top of him and sank into a tight arm triangle moments later. And that’s all it took.
Final result: Makhachev defeated. Oliveira via submission (arm-triangle choke) in the second round – WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS!
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