Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira are the strongest fighters in their weight class right now and very soon they will play for the lightweight title. Many see Makhachev as the favorite in this fight. And not in vain. Islam is a slightly improved version of Khabib, under whose guidance he trains. Charles Oliveira before the fight with Justin Gaethje failed the weigh-in and, alas, lost the belt even despite the victory. Like Islam, the Brazilian bears similarities to another legendary lightweight, Tony Ferguson ., which makes this fight even more interesting, because the fighters are the counterparts of the legends. The failed Khabib vs Tony fight can now get a new look. Islam is a representative of the sambo and MMA school of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, while Charles is a skilled black belt in jiu-jitsu and the record holder for the number of submission victories. We are waiting for an interesting confrontation between the schools of wrestling and jiu-jitsu.
Aljamain Sterling , having defeated Petr Yan in a rematch, while being a huge underdog, became a real champion in the eyes of most. The embarrassment of a year and a half ago has already been forgotten by the fans, and now he is waiting for another test in the face of an age-old, but technical and versatile T.J. Dillashaw. Serpent has excellent wrestling and non-standard striking technique. Sterling will have youth, size and strength on Sterling's side, however, on the stand everything will lean towards TJ .
Petr Yan himself, insultingly losing the opportunity to take the title in a rematch with the Funk Master, got a young and hype fighter Sean O'Malley as rivals . A great fight for Peter to get back on the winning track and challenge the winner of the bantamweight championship fight. For O'Malley, a victory over the Russian is likely to bring a title shot, but even if defeated, Sakharok has little to lose. The American approaches the fight in the status of an underdog, but it will obviously not be so easy for Peter to cope with the size and striking power of the American.
The undefeated Dagestani with a British passport, Mohammed Mokaev, will return to the octagon on October 22 against Malcolm Gordon. Young Mokaev has excellent wrestling skills and excellent cardio. In the future, he is the future dominant champion of the UFC. Khabib's brother Abubakar will also perform at the tournament. He will meet with a compatriot. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev suffered a humiliating defeat in the last fight, the first in his career. Abubakar has not competed since March last year. At UFC 260, the Russian defeated Jared Gourden. Both athletes will try to give their best. Gadzhi will try to close the offensive defeat with a victory over a big name, and Abubakar will return after a long break. A Zubairawill return to the cage almost a year after his fight at UFC 267. The Russian will face Lucas Almeida. An oversized Brazilian with a powerful punch. 8 out of 10 victories Lucas won by knockout. Let's see if Zubaira's fight against the Brazilian helps.
Nikita Krylov received Volkan Ozdemir as an opponent . Not a little-known fighter, a former title contender. In the last fight, the Swiss defeated the master of jiu-jitsu Paul Craig and in case of a victory over him, Nikita will be able to attract the attention of the MMA community. Nikita himself lost to Craig, but in the last fight he defeated Alexander Gustafsson, adding a lot of fanbase to himself.
The first representative of Uzbekistan in the UFC Mahmud Muradov returns to the octagon. This time he will face the dangerous Brazilian Caio Barallo, who is going on a series of 10 fights without defeat. Baraglio has excellent striking skills and good cardio. Muradov after a year of inactivity will not be easy.
UFC 280 card and participants
MAIN CARD:Lightweight Title Fight: Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev
Bantamweight Title Fight: Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Bantamweight: Petr Yan - Sean O'Malley
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs Mateusz Gamroth
Women's Flyweight: Kathleen Chookagian vs. Manon Fioro
PRELIMINARY CARD:Welterweight: Belal Muhammad vs Sean Brady
Middleweight: Mahmud Muradov - Cayo Borrallo
Light Heavyweight: Volkan Ozdemir vs. Nikita Krylov
Featherweight: Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas Almeida
Lightweight: Magomed Mustafaev vs. Yamato Nishikawa
Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
Middleweight: Armen Petrosyan - AJ Dobson
Flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev - Malcolm Gordon
Women's Bantamweight: Lina Lansberg vs. Karol Rosa
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