Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira -- Round 2: Makhache landed a few good strikes before Oliveira answered with a few of his own. Makhachev then pushed Oliveira into the cage. Makhachev had to back off after an Oliveira knee to the body. Oliveira flurried with a few punches but didn't land cleanly. Oliveira started to follow Makhachev before Makhachev landed a big right hand that dropped Oliveira. Makhachev followed him to the ground and locked in an arm triangle choke and Oliveira was forced to tap out! What a statement by Makhachev! Official result: Islam Makhachev def. Charles Oliveira via submission (arm-triangle choke), Round 2
UFC 280 results, highlights: Islam Makhachev submits Charles Oliveira to earn lightweight title
Makhachev dropped the former champion before locking in his submission to send the crowd in Abu Dhabi into a frenzy
Islam Makhachev scored one of the biggest statement wins in recent MMA history at UFC 280, submitting Charles Oliveira in the second round to claim the vacant lightweight championship.
Makhachev won every area of the fight from the opening bell, landing good shots on the feet and scoring an early takedown. Oliveira, the UFC's all-time leader in submission victories, threatened with a few submission attempts but did not manage to lock anything in due to Makhachev's superior positioning.
Makhachev also landed a few punches in the opening frame that seemed to rock Oliveira. The same thing would happen in the second round, but this time Makhachev did not allow Oliveira to survive.
After a right hand sent Oliveira to the canvas, Makhachev followed and quickly locked in an arm-triangle choke that forced Oliveira to tap out at the 3:16 mark of Round 2.
"I just want to say, this is my belt for coach Abdulmanap," Makhachev said. "Many years ago, he told me to train hard and you're going to be champion. I always ask God why he always gives me more than what I ask. I knew this wouldn't be an easy fight. This guy always pushes."
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Makhachev did what every recent Oliveira opponent could not manage. Oliveira had been rocked in several of his recent fights but always managed to find a way to turn things around and score the victory. This ability to survive in bad spots led to Oliveira winning the lightweight belt in December 2021 with a TKO win over Michael Chandler and a successful defense against Dustin Poirier.
In his most recent outing, Oliveira had again turned the tables after an early scare, submitting Justin Gaethje. However, Oliveira lost the title before that fight, having missed weight for the fight, leaving the belt vacant for the fight with Makhachev.
The threat of Makhachev's takedowns led to Oliveira throwing fewer strikes than normal and allowing Makhachev to win the punching exchanges before submitting one of the most dangerous ground fighters in UFC history.
After the fight, Makhachev, along with coach and mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov, called featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski to the ring to make an official challenge to face him for the lightweight belt in Australia. Volkanovski accepted the challenge before the two champions shook hands.
Makhachev has now won 11 consecutive bouts since his lone career loss, a 2015 TKO loss to Adriano Martins. The title win fulfilled a guarantee by Nurmagomedov's late father, Abdulmanap, who once said that after his son retired, it would be Makhachev who would go forward as the sport's best 155-pound fighter.
In the other title fight on the night, Aljamain Sterling took advantage of a vulnerable TJ Dillashaw to score the TKO victory and retain his title. Dillashaw told reporters after the fight that he blew out his shoulder in April and it continued to be an issue throughout training camp. The injury again came up in Round 1 when it appeared that Dillashaw's shoulder popped out before his corner was able to get it back into place. Sterling continued to push forward, however, and punish the former champ with ground and pound before the fight was called off.
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UFC 280 card and results
- Islam Makhachev def. Charles Oliveira via second-round submission (head and arm choke)
- via second-round TKO (punches)
- via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Beneil Dariush def. Matuesz Gamrot via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Manon Fiorot def. Katlyn Chookagian via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Caio Borralho def. Makhmud Muradov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nikita Krylov def. Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Armen Petrosyan def. A.J. Dobson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Muhammad Mokaev def. Malcolm Gordon via third-round submission (armbar)
- Karol Rosa def. Lina Lansberg via majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira -- Round 1: Oliveira threw a few kicks to start and Makhachev landed a good right hand in return. Makhachev then scored a takedown. Oliveira immediately started to work for submissions but Makhachev powered free. Oliveira threatened a sweep and the fight went back to standing. Makhachev used a hip throw for another takedown. Back on top, Makhachev worked short punches until posturing and landing a few solid elbows. Oliveira landed a big up-kick before the end of the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Makhachev
It's main event time! Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight championship!
Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. TJ Dillashaw -- Round 2: Dillashaw's shoulder was popped back in by his corner. Sterling focused his strikes at the injured side as Dillashaw was throwing strikes from only one arm. Sterling scored another takedown. Dillashaw's shoulder popped out again after a scramble in which he was nearly caught in a choke. Back on the ground, Sterling let loose with ground and pound for the finish. Official result: Aljamain Sterling def. TJ Dillashaw via TKO, Round 2.
Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. TJ Dillashaw -- Round 1: Both men threw leg kicks early and Sterling caught one of the kicks, scoring the quick takedown. Dillashaw immediately appeared to be in pain. Sterling moved to mount and started pounding away with clean strikes Sterling took the back and started trying to lock in the rear-naked choke. Sterling just continued to land strikes from the back. Dillashaw's shoulder is clearly out, the injury is visible to the naked eye. Sterling scored another takedown after the fight went back to the feet. Dillashaw survived the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-8 Sterling
Up next, the first of two championship bouts! Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. TJ Dillashaw, bantamweight title