Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev, emanating from the Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
The Octagon is back in Abu Dhabi for the first time in a year with another big pay-per-view event, with two title fights and one of the best overall cards of the year.
The UFC Lightweight Championship is up for grabs in the main event, with former champion Charles Oliveira battling Islam Makhachev for the vacant title. Oliveira was the title holder until the day before UFC 274 in May, where he missed weight and was stripped of the title. He went on to defeat Justin Gaethje the next night, his 11th straight win. Makhachev extended his win streak to ten with a win over Bobby Green in February, setting up a battle for the championship here.
I the co-main event, UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling looks to hold onto the gold when he defends against former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw. Sterling became the undisputed champion with a decision win over Petr Yan at UFC 273 in April. Dillashaw fights for the first time in a year after being sidelined with a knee injury, and is coming off a win over Cory Sandhagen in his last fight.
Also on the main card is an exciting bantamweight match-up as former UFC Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan takes on the super popular Sean O'Malley in a big test for both men. Lightweight contenders Beneil Dariush and Mateusz Gamrot also square off in a fight that could play a role in the future title picture, plus a women's flyweight battle of contenders Katlyn Chookagian in the main card opener. A strong preliminary card is capped off with a big welterweight fight as Belal Muhammad puts his eight-fight unbeaten streak up against the undefeated Sean Brady.
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> Women's Bantamweights- #9 Karol Rosa (15-4, 4-1 UFC) vs. #12 Lina Lansberg (10-6, 4-5 UFC)
Lansberg lands a right hand that puts Rosa on her butt but Rosa gets up. Lansberg with a jab to the body and then lands another overhand right. They clinch against the fence. Rosa gets the takedown and is in the half-guard. Rosa with some punches from the top. Rosa is working from the top trying to set up a choke. Rosa trying to get the mount late but ends the round landing from the top. 10-9 Rosa.
Rosa gets an immediate takedown. She's in the half-guard and is landing from the top. Rosa with elbows and punches from the top to the head and body. Rosa stands and lands a leg kick as she looks to get back on top. Rosa with more leg kicks from the standing position. Lansberg tries to get up and Rosa lands a knee that might have been illegal as there is a timeout. Yes, the knee was still down and it was an illegal blow. Rosa gets a point taken away. They get back to action and Lansberg lands a right hand. Rosa gets the takedown. Rosa in the half-guard landing and looking to improve. Rosa stands at the end. 9-9 with the point deduction to Rosa, 19-18 Rosa.
Rosa lands a right hand. Rosa grabs the Thai clinch and lands a couple of knees. They tie up against the fence and Rosa has control. Lansberg lands some knees and Rosa is landing knees to Lansberg's legs. Rosa with a knee to the body. Rosa continues to land and they break. They trade shots before tying back up. They trade elbows and Rosa lands a ight hand as they break. Rosa with an elbow and then lands a combo before they tie up but they quickly break. Rosa misses a right but they tie up. They break and Lansberg with a back elbow. 10-9 Rosa, 29-27 Rosa.
Official Result- Karol Rosa def. Lina Lansberg by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
> Flyweights- Muhammad Mokaev (7-0 1 NC, 2-0 UFC) vs. Malcolm Gordon (14-5, 2-2 UFC)
Mokaev with a body kick as Gordon was pressing forward. Gordon lands a right hand. Mokaev with a right hand then a flying knee and a head kick. They clinch and Mokaev gets the takedown. Mokaev looks for the neck but they get up and Mokaev gets it back down but they stand. Mokaev gets it back to the mat. Mokaev working from the top and lands some body shots and has neck control. Mokaev gets in the full guard of Gordon. Mokaev ends the round dominant from the top. 10-9 Mokaev.
They both come forward throwing kicks. Mokaev kind of show boating here. Mokaev with a side kick. Gordon lands a right hand and Mokaev is able to get the takedown. Mokaev is in the guard of Gordon and lands. Mokaev rolls and they scramble but Mokaev is able to remain on the top. Mokaev looking for a D'Arce choke as Gordon rolls and Mokaev ends up in side control. Mokaev back into the half-guard. Gordon reverses to the top and is in the guard of Mokaev. Mokaev trying for the triangle but Gordon now landing punches. Gordon gets the back and looked for the rear-naked choke late. 10-9 Mokaev, 20-18 Mokaev.
Mokaev gets the immediate takedown and is in the guard of Gordon at the fence. Mokaev working from the top but they get to their feet. Gordon has the back and gets the takedown and looks to get the hooks in. Gordon working for a choke from the back. Mokaev scrambles out but Gordon ends up on top. Mokaev lands some punches from the bottom. They get to their feet and Mokaev is working for the takedown and gets it. Mokaev is on top but Gordon lands some elbows from the bottom. Mokaev with some body punches. Mokaev gets the back and locks in an armbar and gets Gordon to tap! Slick transition to get the finish for the talented prospect.
Official Result- Muhammad Mokaev def. Malcolm Gordon by submission (armbar) at 4:26 of Round 3
> Middleweights- Armen Petrosyan (6-2, 1-1 UFC) vs. AJ Dobson (6-1 1 NC, 0-1 UFC)
Petrosyan with a leg kick. Petrosyan lands a kick and Dobson grabs it and gets it down but they get up as Dobson lets go. They trade in close range. Dobson lands a right hand. Dobson with a leg kick. Petrosyan with a leg kick. They continue to trade on the feet and Petrosyan is mainly landing leg and body kicks. Petrosyan with some more leg kicks. Dobson gets a takedown but they quickly get to their feet and Dobson lands a knee. Petrosyan with an elbow. 10-9 Petrosyan.
Petrosyan landing combos to start as he continues to land the leg kicks. Petrosyan lands the jab and then lands a right hand. He lands another. Petrosyan with a leg kick. Petrosyan lands some counter lefts and is still working the leg kicks. They trade in close and in the clinch and Dobson gets a takedown but they scramble up to their feet. Dobson lands a right hand. Petrosyan with a body kick. They trade right hands. 10-9 Petrosyan, 20-18 Petrosyan.
Petrosyan with a leg kick as they trade jabs. Petrosyan with a left hook. Petrosyan with a body kick. They trade in close range and Dobson lands a nice left hand. Petrosyan with a body kick. Petrosyan lands a combo. They're just trading with Petrosyan landing more volume but not a ton is happening. Dobson lands a counter right hand. Petrosyan with a body kick. 10-9 Petrosyan, 30-27 Petrosyan.
Official Result- Armen Petrosyan def. AJ Dobson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Welterweights- Abubakar Nurmagomedov (16-3-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (13-1, 0-1 UFC)
They trade kicks. Nurmagomedov looks for the takedown but Omargadzhiev grabs the neck to stop it and is threatening with the guillotine. Omargadzhiev with some knees and they break. They trade and Omargadzhiev gets a takedown. Omargadzhiev grabs the neck and looks for a guillotine but Nurmagomedov ends up in the half-guard. Nurmagomedov in the full guard of Omargadzhiev as Omargadzhiev lets go of the neck. Nurmagomedov landing from the top and they get to their feet. They stay tied up at the end. 10-9 Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov with a body kick. He gets the takedown and has the back of Omargadzhiev against the fence. Nurmagomedov lands some knees and then lands an illegal knee. We have a timeout. They get back to action with no point taken away. Omargadzhiev throws a right hand and Nurmagomedov is able to get a takedown. He gets the back of Omargadzhiev. They scramble up but get back down then Nurmagomedov stands, but lands a right hand as he goes into the guard of Omargadzhiev. He ends the round on top landing. 10-9 Nurmagomedov, 20-18 Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov lands the jab. He lands again. Both looking for openings as they're being patient and not doing a lot. Nurmagomedov looks for the takedown but Omargadzhiev sprawls. They break and Omargadzhiev lands a knee and Nurmagomedov lands a counter right hand. Nurmagomedov with a right hand to the body and Omargadzhiev shoots for the takedown. He's still trying for it. Nurmagomedov escapes and they stand. Omargadzhiev with a body kick. Nurmagomedov clips Omargadzhiev with a right hand. 10-9 Nurmagomedov, 30-27 Nurmagomedov.
Official Result- Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Light Heavyweights- #8 Volkan Oezdemir (18-6, 6-5 UFC) vs. #10 Nikita Krylov (28-9, 9-7 UFC)
Oezdemir landing early as he's coming forward. Krylov with a body kick. Oezdemir with a right hand. Oezdemir rocking Krylov with punches and Krylov is trying for a takedown. They break. Oezdemir with a leg kick. Oezdemir with some short uppercuts. Krylov tries a takedown and is able to complete it. They quickly get up, though. They break. Krylov with a right hand. Oezdemir with a leg kick. Oezdemir with a left hook. Krylov lands a knee and rocks Oezdemir with a right hand. Krylov now swarms looking to land. Krylov drags it down and has the back. Krylov looking for the rear-naked choke. Oezdemir is out but Krylov is on top. They get up and Oezdemir gets a throw takedown and is standing. Oezdemir gets on top and is landing left hands. They get to their feet. Wild round. 10-9 Oezdemir.
They're trading big shots to start the second. Krylov lands a head kick and lands a flurry. Krylov gets the takedown. Krylov gets the back and they get to their feet. Krylov still has back control and lands punches and a high kick as they break. Krylov lands some knees. Krylov with an uppercut then lands a combination and scores a takedown. Krylov in the guard of Oezdemir. Krylov landing to the head and body from the top. He finishes the round on top. 10-9 Krylov, 19-19.
Krylov with a leg kick then lands a combo ending with a high kick. Krylov with a combo and some knees. Krylov gets a takedown. Krylov working from the top. He's landing. They get stood up by the referee. Krylov with a flurry against the fence and scores a takedown. He's working in the guard of Oezdemir. Krylov lands from the top. 10-9 Krylov, 29-28 Krylov.
Official Result- Nikita Krylov def. Volkan Oezdemir by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Middleweights- Makhmud Muradov (25-7, 3-1 UFC) vs. Caio Borralho (12-1 1 NC, 2-0 UFC)
Borralho lands a jab. Borralho misses a high kick. Muradov with a right hand. Borralho with a leg kick. Borralho with a jab as Muradov lands a body kick. Muradov with a right hand. Borralho gets the takedown and jumps on top. Borralho in the half-guard against the fence. Borralho landing from the top. Borralho in the mount against the fence. Borralho with right hands from the top. Borralho went for the armbar but Muradov escaped and they scramble. Muradov now on top but Borralho lands an upkick and Muradov is standing. Muradov gets into the guard of Borralho. Muradov is warned for fingers in the face. Muradov with a right hand at the end. 10-9 Borralho.
They trade and Muradov goes for a takedown and Borralho locks in a guillotine choke that is in tight but Muradov escapes. Muradov is now in the guard of Borralho and both are doing some shady things on the ground. Muradov landing punches from the top. Muradov with some more shots from the top. Borralho reverses late. 10-9 Muradov, 19-19.
Borralho lands a left hand. Borralho with a side kick. Borralho shoots for a takedown from long range and Muradov easily defends. Muradov gets the takedown and Borralho looks for the guillotine. Borralho is able to reverse to the mount position. Muradov tries to explode from the bottom but Borralho retains guard position. Muradov tries to push Borralho off but Borralho remains on top. Muradov with a right hand from the bottom. Borralho with shots from the top. 10-9 Borralho, 29-28 Borralho.
Official Result- Caio Borralho def. Makhmud Muradov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Welterweights- #5 Belal Muhammad (21-3 1 NC, 12-3 1 NC UFC) vs. #8 Sean Brady (15-0, 5-0 UFC)
Brady with some inside leg kicks. Muhammad with a right hand. Brady lands a right hand and is working the jab. Brady with a leg kick. Brady with a combo. Muhammad with a high kick. Brady with a leg kick. Brady with a body kick. Muhammad lands a body kick. Muhammad with a leg kick. Brady looks for a takedown but lets go. Muhammad with a combo. Brady lands a left hook. Muhammad with a right hand. Brady lands a counter shot. Brady with a right hand that hurts Muhammad, then Muhammad lands a right hand. Muhammad with another right hand. Brady with a right hand and they trade body kicks. Brady with a left hook. Muhammad with a right hand. Muhammad with a big flurry against the fence. Close round. 10-9 Brady.
Muhammad pressing forward and lands a left hook. Muhammad with a leg kick then a combo. Brady with a leg kick. Brady lands the jab. Muhammad with a right hand and Brady lands a body kick. Brady lands a hard right hand and Muhammad counters with a crisp combo. Muhammad with a right hand. Brady with a leg kick. Muhammad with a body kick. Brady with a left hook. Brady shoots for a takedown but Muhammad defends. Brady with a body kick. Brady with a flurry. Muhammad lands a combo. Muhammad is the one pressuring but both are landing. Brady tries a takedown but Muhammad defends and lands on the break. Brady with the jab. Muhammad with a big right hand and he's landing a big flurry against the fence. Muhammad with lots of punches and he's swarming on Brady. Muhammad with a massive right hand and then an uppercut. Muhammad lands a right hand and the referee steps in and stops it. Brady protested immediately but what a flurry from Muhammad to close it out.
Official Result- Belal Muhammad def. Sean Brady by TKO (punches) at 4:47 of Round 2
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> Women's Flyweights*- #1 Katlyn Chookagian (18-4, 11-4 UFC) vs. #6 Manon Fiorot (9-1, 4-0 UFC)
*Chookagian missed weight by 1.5 pounds
Chookagian tries a front kick to avoid the attack of Fiorot. Fiorot lands a right hand then a combo. Chookagian with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Chookagian with a leg kick. Fiorot with a right hook and they trade punches. Fiorot with a side kick and Chookagian lands a counter combo. Chookagian with a right hand. She lands another. Fiorot with a push kick. Chookagian lands a front kick. Fiorot with a right hand. Chookagian with a right hand. Chookagian with a body kick. Chookagian with a leg kick. 10-9 Chookagian.
Fiorot with a side kick then a combo. Fiorot with a right hand after they trade kicks. Fiorot with a combo. Chookagian with a right hand. Chookagian with a body kick. Fiorot with a right hook. Fiorot lands the jab. Chookagian is missing most of what she is throwing. Fiorot with a leg kick. Chookagian lands a right hand. They trade in close range. Fiorot lands a right hand. Fiorot with a left hand. Chookagian with a body kick. Fiorot with a combo. Chookagian with the jab. Fiorot with a combo. Fiorot lands some more left hands. 10-9 Fiorot, 19-19.
Fiorot with a combo. Chookagian lands a right hand. They trade inside the pocket. They both are landing and it's very close on the volume in the third. Fiorot mainly landing the right hand. They're both landing and Chookagian with a leg kick. Fiorot gets a takedown. They quickly get up and trade body kicks. They clinch late and Fiorot with a knee to the body. Close fight. 10-9 Fiorot, 29-28 Fiorot.
Official Result- Manon Fiorot def. Katlyn Chookagian by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Lightweights- #6 Beneil Dariush (21-4-1, 14-4-1 UFC) vs. #9 Mateusz Gamrot (21-1 1 NC, 4-1 UFC)
Dariush lands some body kicks. Dariush with a leg kick as Gamrot drops for a takedown and they scramble all over the mat. Dariush rolls to a leg lock. They get to their feet and Gamrot has the back but they break. Gamrot lands a left hand. Gamrot with a left hand and Dariush lands a leg kick. Dariush with a leg kick and Gamrot gets a takedown. Dariush looks for a leg and it allows them to scramble up. Gamrot has the back and lands an elbow as they break. Gamrot tries a takedown and they go to the mat. Gamrot trying to clear the arm of Dariush to secure the takedown. They get to their feet and break. Dariush with a body kick. Dariush with some body kicks. 10-9 Gamrot.
Dariush looks for a takedown but Gamrot defends and lands a knee to the body as they get up. Dariush with a body kick and Gamrot lands a combo. Dariush lands a knee. Gamrot tries a takedown but Dariush escapes. Dariush with a body kick. Gamrot lands a right hand and a knee to the body. Dariush with a body kick. Dariush with a leg kick and follows it with a left hand. Gamrot with a takedown attempt but Dariush defends. Dariush lands a left hand. They continue to trade and Gamrot lands a knee and gets a late takedown. 10-9 Dariush, 19-19.
Gamrot looks for a takedown but Dariush counters it and they scramble before getting to their feet. Dariush lands a head kick. Dariush with a body kick. Gamrot with a right hand. Gamrot tries a takedown and is working hard for it but Dariush is defending and they break. Gamrot with a body kick. Dariush drops Gamrot with a huge left hand and Gamrot scrambles to try and get a takedown but Dariush defends. Gamrot with a flying knee and tries a takedown but Dariush defends and gets the back, but Gamrot slips out and they end up scrambling up. They trade late. 10-9 Dariush, 29-28 Dariush.
Official Result- Beneil Dariush def. Mateusz Gamrot by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Bantamweights- #1 Petr Yan (16-3, 8-2 UFC) vs. #11 Sean O'Malley (15-1 1 NC, 7-1 1 NC UFC)
O'Malley throwing low kicks early. Yan with a leg kick. Yan with a low kick. O'Malley lands a left hand. Yan with a body kick. O'Malley with a leg kick. Yan with a leg kick and O'Malley lands a right hand then a leg kick and another right hand. Yan with a body kick. O'Malley with another right hand. O'Malley with the jab and Yan with a leg kick. O'Malley with a stiff jab. Yan shoots for a takedown and O'Malley is defending and it looked like he grabbed the fence. They break. They trade punches. Yan with a leg kick. O'Malley working the jab and Yan with a left hand. Yan lands and looks for a takedown and is able to get it. Yan lands from the top but they get to their feet and break. Yan with a leg kick. O'Malley gets a late takedown but they get up. 10-9 Yan.
O'Malley with a right hand. O'Malley lands a big right hand that hurts Yan and then Yan lands a left hand that hurts O'Malley and they go to the mat with Yan on top. Yan with some punches from the top. O'Malley tries to scramble up but Yan keeps him down. They get to their feet and Yan with a knee to the body. Yan working hard for the takedown but they break. O'Malley with a right hand. Yan trips O'Malley to the mat but he gets up. O'Malley with a right hand. Yan with the jab. O'Malley with a body kick. Yan with a body kick and O'Malley lands a right hand. Yan gets a takedown. Yan ends the round on top. 10-9 Yan, 20-18 Yan.
O'Malley with an early leg kick and looking to work the jab. Yan with a right hand. O'Malley with a leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Yan looks for a takedown but O'Malley defends. O'Malley lands a knee and lands some shots and Yan is cut open. O'Malley with a flurry. They trade inside the pocket and Yan lands a huge left hand. O'Malley with a big head kick. Yan shoots for the takedown but O'Malley defends. Yan still working for it against the fence. O'Malley with some elbows. Yan gets it down. They get to their feet and Yan is bleeding everywhere and they break the clinch. O'Malley with a right hand. They trade inside the pocket and Yan tries for a takedown and they scramble away. Yan with a leg kick and O'Malley tried to rush in and Yan got a takedown. Great fight. 10-9 O'Malley, 29-28 Yan.
Official Result- Sean O'Malley def. Petr Yan by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
> UFC Bantamweight Championship- C Aljamain Sterling (21-3, 13-3 UFC) vs. #2 TJ Dillashaw (17-4, 13-4 UFC)
Sterling gets a takedown right away and Dillashaw looks hurt. Sterling in the mount and is looking to set something up. Sterling with some punches from the top and Dillashaw is having trouble defending. Sterling with big right hands from the top. Big shots from Sterling and he takes the back. Sterling looking for the choke. Sterling with more big shots and an elbow and they scramble. Sterling gets the back again and is landing left hands. Sterling with big shots and he's keeping Dillashaw on the mat but they get to their feet. Dillashaw's shoulder is popped out. Sterling gets the takedown. Sterling with shots from the top and they stand late. 10-8 Sterling.
They popped Dillashaw's shoulder back in between rounds. Sterling with a body kick. Dillashaw looks to be fighting with one arm and Sterling gets the takedown. Sterling working from the top and landing punches and elbows. They get to their feet and Dillashaw's shoulder is back out and Sterling gets it back down. Sterling in the mount and is landing big punches and elbows and he finishes Dillashaw off. Big win for Sterling as he keeps the title.
Official Result- Aljamain Sterling def. TJ Dillashaw by TKO (punches) at 3:34 of Round 2 to retain the UFC Bantamweight Championship
> UFC Lightweight Championship- #1 Charles Oliveira (33-8 1 NC, 21-8 1 NC UFC) vs. #4 Islam Makhachev (22-1, 11-1 UFC)
Oliveira with a flying kick to start. Makhachev lands a left hand. They tie up and Oliveira pulls guard and Makhachev lands from the top. Oliveira is cut open. Both landing on the mat as Oliveira has an active guard. They get to their feet and are clinched against the fence. They trade knees and Makhachev gets a trip takedown. Makhachev working from the top but not doing a ton as he has Oliveira pressed against the fence. Makhachev gets to his feet and looks to improve as the round ends. 10-9 Makhachev.
They tie up right away against the fence and Makhachev lands some knees. They break after Oliveira lands a knee to the body. They trade punches. Makhachev with a combo. Makhachev with a head kick but Oliveira blocks it. Makhachev drops Oliveira with a right hand as Oliveira tried a flying knee. Makhachev gets on top and is looking for an arm-triangle and has it locked in and Oliveira taps! Makhachev wins the lightweight title with the finish.
Official Result- Islam Makhachev def. Charles Oliveira by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:16 of Round 2 to win the UFC Lightweight Championship