UFC 280: Islam Makhachev Leads Bonus Charts After Finishing Charles Oliveira
Islam Makhachev stood up when it mattered the most as the Dagestani native took the lightweight strap.
Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement, there were questions asked about whether there would be anyone capable of achieving the same feat as the former champ did. It was answered by Nurmagomedov’s teammate, Makhachev, who dominated Charles Oliveira to win the lightweight title at UFC 280.
Makhachev was in for the toughest challenge of his MMA career as he battled the Brazilian submission artist.
Makhachev not only got his hands on the lightweight belt, but he also earned an extra $50,000 by picking up his first Performance of the Night bonus. It’s his second UFC bonus overall after scoring a Fight of the Night alongside Arman Tsarukyan in August 2019.
The evening’s Performance of The Night went to Belal Muhammad who cruised past Sean Brady with a standing TKO to run his unbeaten streak to nine straight fights. The win has also put Muhammad in line for the title shot.
The fight of the night award went to Sean O’Malley and Petr Yan.
The pair put on a show for the fans in attendance as both fighters showcased exceptional striking and ground game to amuse the audience. But it was O’Malley who walked away with a close split decision victory in the end.