UFC 280 takes place on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with the feature bout a fight between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira. Makhachev is 22-1 in his career, while Oliveira is 33-8 in his career. There are a total of 14 fights on the card with five
Makhachev has been very good in the UFC with 11 wins and just one loss. He is unbeaten in his last six fights with wins over Arman Tsarukyan by unanimous decision, Davi Ramos by unanimous decision, Drew Dober by submission, Thiago Moisés by submission, Dan Hooker by submission, and Bobby Green by TKO. Makhachev has four wins by TKO/KO and 10 by submission. He has a total of eight first round finishes.
Oliveira is 21-8 in the UFC and he is unbeaten in his last six fights. He defeated Jared Gordon by KO, Kevin Lee by submission, Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision, Michael Chandler by TKO, Dustin Poirier by submission, and Justin Gaethje by submission. Oliveira has nine wins by TKO/KO and 21 by submission. He has a total of 15 first round finishes.
UFC 280 Picks
This fight should be full of action for as long as it lasts. Both fighters are finishers so it is unlikely this fight goes the distance. I lean toward Makhachev but I am never thrilled about laying 2-1. If Oliveira is to win this fight it seems likely it would be by submission and Makhachev has gone on record saying that he wants to win this fight by submission. I think betting some of the props for the fight to end in a finish could be worth a look at
Sterling vs. Dillashaw
Sterling is 13-3 in the UFC and he is unbeaten in his last six fights. He defeated Cody Stamann by submission, Jimmie Rivera by unanimous decision, Pedro Munhoz by unanimous decision, Cory Sandhagen by submission, and Sterling beaten Petr Yan twice, once by disqualification and once by split decision. Sterling has two wins by TKO/KO and eight by submission. He has a total of four first round finishes.
Dillashaw is 13-4 in the UFC and in his last five fights he is 5-1. He defeated Raphael Assunção by unanimous decision, John Lineker by unanimous decision, Cody Garbrandt by TKO, Cody Garbrandt by KO, and Cory Sandhagen by split decision, while losing to Henry Cejudo by TKO. Dillashaw has eight wins by TKO/KO and three by submission. He has a total of five first round finishes.
UFC 280 Picks
This fight may actually be a better matchup than the main event. Both of these fighters are extremely tough and this fight should be very competitive. The rounds option on this fight is 4.5 and the over is about a 2-1 favorite. It would be a surprise to see either of these two getting a finish so taking the rounds to go over the total should be the best bet.
UFC 280 Fight Card
Main Card (Pay-Per-View)
Lightweight Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Bantamweight Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley
Lightweight Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot
Women's Flyweight Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot
Preliminary Card (ESPN News / ESPN+)
Welterweight Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady
Middleweight Makhmud Muradov vs. Caio Borralho
Light Heavyweight Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas Almeida
Welterweight Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
Middleweight Armen Petrosyan vs. A.J. Dobson
Flyweight Muhammad Mokaev vs. Malcolm Gordon
Women's Bantamweight Karol Rosa vs. Lina Länsberg