UFC is heading back to the United Arab Emirates in October. And they are pulling out all the stops.
The promotion returns to the Etihad Arena on Yas Island on Oct. 22 with a pair of title fights atop the marquee as well as three massive undercard bouts. In the main event, the vacant lightweight title is up for grabs when former titleholder Charles Oliveira takes on rising contender Islam Makhachev. Oliveira is riding an incredible 11-fight win streak, but was stripped of his title ahead of his most recent bout against Justin Gaethje after missing weight. Makhachev, meanwhile, is on a 10-fight win steak of his own.
The co-main event features another interesting title tilt when bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling takes on former titleholder TJ Dillashaw. Sterling retained his title in a rematch with Petr Yan last time out while Dillashaw returned from a two-year absence because of a failed drug test to outpoint Cory Sandhagen.
Speaking of Yan, the former bantamweight titleholder is set to take on one of the sport’s rising stars in Sean O’Malley. The two have beefed over social media in the months leading up to this fight being announced before finally signing on the dotted line. O’Malley is coming off a disappointing no contest after an inadvertent eye poke against Pedro Munhoz in July.
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The undercard also features some more massive matchups. Welterweight contenders Belal Muhammad and Sean Brady are set to battle it out. And rising lightweights Beneil Dariush and Matuez Gamrot are also set to throw down.
Below is the announced fight card for UFC 280 along with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook. This page will be updated as the rest of the undercard fills out.
UFC 280 fight card, oddsIslam Makhachev -170 vs. Charles Oliveira +145, vacant lightweight titleAljamain Sterling (c) -165 vs. TJ Dillashaw +140, bantamweight titlePetr Yan -400 vs. Sean O’Malley +310, bantamweightsSean Brady -135 vs. Belal Muhammad +115, welterweightsBeneil Dariush vs. Matuez Gamrot, lightweightsKatlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot, women’s flyweightsMakhmud Muradov vs. Caio Borralho, middleweightsNikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir, light heavyweightsZubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas Almeida, featherweightsAbubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev, welterweightsA.J. Dobson vs. Armen Petrosyan, middleweightsMuhammad Mokaev -650 vs. Malcolm Gordon +475, flyweightsLina Lansberg vs. Karol Rosa, women’s bantamweightsUFC 280 infoDate: Oct. 22Location: Etihad Arena — Abu Dhabi Start time: 2 p.m. ET (Main card) How to watch: ESPN+ PPV