Charles Oliveira-Islam Makhachev lightweight title bout to headline UFC 280 on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi

The UFC has booked a Lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev to Headline UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


The UFC 280 pay-per-view event takes place on Oct. 22 at Etihad Arena. Officials announced the Lightweight contest Saturday.

Officially, the fight will be for the UFC’s vacant 155-pound title, although the majority of the sport essentially views Oliveira (33-8) as the defending champion.

Oliveira, of Brazil, won the title in 2021 with a knockout over Michael Chandler. He successfully defended the belt against Dustin Poirier in December but then surrendered it in May when he was unable to make weight for a scheduled defense against Justin Gaethje.

Oliveira went on to submit Gaethje in the first round at UFC 274. Officially, that result went down as a non-title fight for Oliveira. He has won 11 consecutive bouts, a streak that includes 10 finishes.

Makhachev (22-1) is widely viewed as the biggest threat to Oliveira’s dominance. A longtime teammate of Retired former Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Makhachev has won 10 in a row in the UFC. He has finished his past four opponents, including back-to-back finishes in the first round.



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