UFC 280 HIGHLIGHTS, results: Makhachev defeats Oliveira to clinch lightweight title; Aljamain Sterling retains his bantamweight belt

Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s highlights from UFC 280 fight night.

Hot on the heels of UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, India will get their shot at the UFC as Anshul Jubli aims to become the first Indian-born fighter to win in the Octagon in the Road semi-final to UFC.

Battle for the Men’s Lightweight Title

Islam Makhachev has made his way into the octagon. Next comes former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and we’re all set for the fight of the night!

Round 1: And we’re on our way! Oliveira attacks right away with a jump kick. Makhachev gives one of his own. The Russian pins Oliveira with a few quick moves but Oliveira puts him on the defensive with a counter grab. Oliveira pushes Makhachev against the fence but the Russian reacts quickly and pulls his opponent down. Oliveira is once again holding Makhachev with his legs and the Russian is in an awkward position as he can’t move. Oliveira lets her guard down for a few seconds and Makhachev leaps up with powerful punches to the face. The first round ends with this

Round 2: Oliveira lands a good kick to the face of Makhachev to start things off. Makhachev counters with a double under the hook and holds the Brazilian back for a good 20-30 seconds. Makhachev knocks Oliveira down with a powerful blow, pinning him to the ground and choking his arm. OLIVEIRA SUBMITS TO MAKHACHEV TO AWARD HIM THE LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE!!! WHAT WAY TO REALIZE THIS ASSET. Islam Makhachev is the new undisputed UFC men’s lightweight champion. What a fighter!

Islam Makhachev won. Charles Oliveira by submission (arm-triangle choke), time – 3.17, round – 2

Charles Oliveira – Key Stats

On an 11-game winning streak

Most submissions in UFC history – 16

Most finishes in UFC history – 19

Holds wins over Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler

Islam Makhachev – Key stats

10 consecutive wins

Eight finishes in the first round

Holds wins over Bobby Green, Dan Hooker and Drew Dober

Battle for the men’s bantamweight title

This match will see Aljamain Sterling (21-3) defend his bantamweight crown against TJ Dillashaw (18-4).

Round 1: Here we go! Sterling on the attack right away as Dillashaw is pinned down and visibly in pain. Looks like he injured his collarbone, but Sterling doesn’t mind continuing the fight as he lands a series of punches. This is followed by a body lock from Sterling, Dillashaw recovers after a long struggle. But Sterling is on top again, lock after lock and Dillashaw stumbles hard. The injury Dillashaw suffered was a dislocated shoulder, clear signs of a struggle, but it was rectified at the break. What a dramatic first round!

Round 2: Dillashaw is basically a one-handed fighter now as he struggles to use his left hand. Sterling takes advantage of this and has pinned Dillashaw quite frequently. Oh, that’s bad for Dillashaw because his shoulder is still dislocated. No mercy from Sterling and DILLASHAW TAPS OUT!! STERLING SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS ITS TITLE!

Aljamain Sterling wins this title tie by TKO (punches), time – 3:44

Next up is the blockbuster title clash between Aljamain Sterling and TJ Dillashaw in the men’s bantamweight division. Stay tuned for more news!

Male Bantamweight

Petr Yan takes on 11th-ranked Sean O’Malley in the men’s bantamweight division. O’malley has a record five wins by knockout in this category.

Round 1: O’malley has the height advantage over Yan and he makes it count because he has better reach too. O’Malley kicks the legs a few times. This is followed by a body grab from Yan and O’Malley breaks it up after a short struggle. Yan with an incredible set of moves to pin O’Malley. End of round 1

Round 2: The Etihad erupts as Yan and O’Malley exchange powerful blows to their faces. Yan pinned O’Malley again and topped it all off with a combination of punches to the face, O’Malley is finally back on his feet. Electric round ends as Yan pins O’Malley with tricky takedown

Round 3: The final round is underway. The crowd is behind Yan now as he lands a series of short but sure shots to O’Malley’s face. Yan’s face is bloodied as O’Malley put in two power punches and Yan comes right back with a running thrust to knock his opponent down. Absolutely nothing to separate the two as we enter the final 10 seconds of the final round

Sean O’Malley wins the contest with 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 via split decision!!

lightweight man

Beneil Dariush, sixth, will face Mateusz Gamrot, ninth. Dariush holds the record for the fourth most wins in the lightweight division – 15, while Gamrot comes into this match on a four-fight winning streak.

Round 1: Dariush puts in a strong leg hold, Gamrot struggles but breaks the deadlock after a good 20-25 seconds. A competitive round ends with a powerful kick from Gamrot

Round 2: Gamrot is dominated here by a shrewd Dariush. The latter tried a few grapples on foot but failed each time. Dariush in the driver’s seat as we approach the end of lap two. Gamrot finally gets his leg on Dariush but he’s cut short at the end of the round

Round 3: Third and final round. Dariush immediately tries a takedown but Gamrot counters him without any problem. WOW! Dariush thunderously kicks Gamrot and Gamrot falls but he immediately comes back. A good catch from Gamrot follows. And it’s the end of the 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 the most wins in the lightweight category – 16

Women’s Flyweight

Katlyn Chookagian will face Manon Fiorot in the first match of the main card. Ranked number 1 in women’s flyweight, Chookagian is on a four-fight winning streak heading into the fight.

Manon Fiorot is the winner by unanimous decision!! 29-28, 29-28, 29-28


Welterweight: Belal Muhammad won. Sean Brady – Knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4.47

Average weight : Caio Borralho defeated. Makhmud Muradov – Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28), Round: 3, 5:00

Mid-heavyweight: Nikita Krylov defeated. Volkan Oezdemir – Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28), Round: 3, 5:00

Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov defeated. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev – Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27), Round: 3, 5:00

Average weight : Armen Petrosyan defeats. AJ Dobson – Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round: 3, 5:00

Flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev defeats. Malcolm Gordon – Submission (arm), Round: 3, 4:26

Female bantamweight: Karol Rosa beats. Lina Länsberg – Decision (Majority) (29-27, 29-27, 28-28), Round: 3, 4:26


A pair of titles matches today’s loaded UFC 280 card.

In the main event in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Charles Oliveira (33-8) will face Islam Makhachev (22-1) to fill the vacant UFC lightweight title. The co-feature sees Aljamain Sterling (21-3) defend his bantamweight crown against TJ Dillashaw (18-4).

Brazilian Oliveira was scheduled 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 being underweight when he arrived half a pound overweight for his fight with Justin Gaethje. Several fighters have complained about the accuracy of the scale used by the Arizona Athletic Commission.

The fight continued and Oliveira submitted Gaethje in the first round, bringing his record total submissions to 16 while recording his 11th consecutive victory. Victory meant the title remained vacant. (Gaethje would have become champion with a win.)

Makhachev, meanwhile, left in tears. The Dagestan native is UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov’s top protege and competes in a similar style. He used hard grabs to set up ruthless ground strikes en route to compiling a 10-game winning streak.

The bantamweight title fight will see Dillashaw attempt to become the second fighter to hold the same UFC weight class title three times, after former heavyweight champion Randy Couture. The Denver resident has twice held the 135-pound title. He also handed down 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, of Massapequa, NY, is looking to assert himself as a champion. After being awarded the title via disqualification against Petr Yan at UFC 259 in March 2021, he barely quieted his critics by earning a split decision victory over Yan in the rematch at UFC 273 in April 2022. Still, he takes seven fights winning streak, dating back to 2018, into the fight and can bolster his credentials with a victory over the former two-time champion.

Full schedule

  • ⦿
    Light Combat (Headline): Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhchev
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    Bantamweight Fight (Headline): Aljamain Sterling vs. TJ Dillashaw
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    Bantamweight Fight: Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley
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    Light Weight Fight: Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot
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    Women’s Flyweight Fight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot

When and where to watch UFC 280?

UFC 280 matches will begin at 11:30 p.m. IST and will be broadcast live on SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 3 (Hindi) and SONY TEN 4 (Tamil and Telugu) channels.

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