“UFC 280” is one of the most anticipated events of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2022. Both of the main event and the co-main event are title bouts.
Featuring 12 mixed martial arts bouts, “UFC 280” will take place at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on October 22, 2022 in the UAE or October 23, 2022 in the United States. One of the 24 fighters on the card holds an undefeated professional MMA record.
Before fight night, several bouts originally included on the “UFC 280” card were cancelled. Still, it remains one of the best cards of the UFC in 2022 so far.
Represented in the event are 11 countries namely Brazil, Canada, France, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uzbekistan. Interestingly, there is no match between a Russian fighter and a Ukrainian fighter on the card.
What are the 2 championship bouts on the “UFC 280” card?
Given that “UFC 280” will take place in Abu Dhabi, it is perhaps far from a surprise to learn that the event has a stacked card and is one that will feature some of the biggest fighters in the sport. Add in the fact that we have two championship bouts and there is certainly plenty to look forward to.
The main event is the UFC Lightweight Championship bout between Charles Oliveira, 33, of Brazil and Islam Makhachev, 31, of Russia. The Brazilian contender won the title on May 15, 2021 and successfully defended it on December 11, 2021.
However, Oliveira was stripped of the title on May 7, 2022. The title has been vacant since.
In the co-main event of “UFC 280”, TJ Dillashaw, 36, of the U.S. will challenge UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling, 33, of the U.S. Here is the complete fight card:
- UFC Lightweight Championship: Charles Oliveira (Brazil) vs. Islam Makhachev (Russia)
- UFC Bantamweight Championship: Aljamain Sterling (USA) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (USA)
- Bantamweight: Petr Yan (Russia) vs Sean O’Malley (USA)
- Lightweight: Beneil Dariush (USA) vs. Mateusz Gamrot (Poland)
- Catchweight (127.5lbs): Katlyn Chookagian (USA) vs. Manon Fiorot (France)
- Welterweight: Belal Muhammad (USA) vs Sean Brady (USA)
- Middleweight: Makhmud Muradov (Uzbekistan) vs Caio Borralho (Brazil)
- Light Heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir (Switzerland) vs Nikita Krylov (Ukraine)
- Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov (Russia) vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (Russia)
- Middleweight: Armen Petrosyan (Russia) vs AJ Dobson (USA)
- Flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev (UK) vs Malcolm Gordon (Canada)
- Women’s Bantamweight: Lina Länsberg (Brazil) vs. Karol Rosa (Sweden)
Will Ohio’s AJ Dobson earn his first UFC win?
Aside from the two title bouts, there are plenty of other fights that can be considered to have the potential of providing some of the best action at “UFC 280” in Abu Dhabi. MMA fans in Ohio, USA are likely to consider the upcoming bout featuring AJ Dobson, 30, one that they will want to watch with anticipation.
Fighting out of Powell, Ohio, Dobson is looking forward to earning his first UFC win. We have already seen that there are odds for his fight in BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio as well as a range of bonuses available to place on him and he has been in good form ahead of the contest.
Dobson was an undefeated MMA fighter from 2015 to 2021. When he made his UFC debut on February 12, 2022, he lost via unanimous decision to Jacob Malkoun, 27, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The only undefeated fighter on the “UFC 280” card is Muhammad Mokaev, 22, of England, who currently has 8 wins, 0 loss and 1 No Contest. He competed in BRAVE Combat Federation from 2020 to 2021 and made his UFC debut on March 19, 2022.
Will Charles Oliveira and Aljamain Sterling win?
As a former UFC Lightweight Champion, Oliveira is considered the overwhelming favorite when he takes on Makhachev for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. Currently, he is ranked the number 1 contender in the UFC’s lightweight division.
On the other hand, Makhachev is ranked number 4. He is the underdog but his supporters are expecting him to follow the footsteps of his mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov, who held the UFC Lightweight Championship from April 7, 2018 to March 19, 2021.
When it comes to the title bout between Dillashaw and Sterling, more MMA fans are expecting the defending champion to win. The challenger is currently ranked the number 2 contender in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
“UFC 280” marks Sterling’s second defense as the UFC Bantamweight Champion. He successfully defended the title on April 9, 2022 from Petr Yan, 29, of Russia.