UFC 280: Oliveira Vs. Makhachev Prelim And Undercard Live Results, Recaps, And Highlights: O’Malley Secures Decision Over Yan

Live this Saturday from the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, the stage is set for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to the UAE, with UFC 280: Oliveira versus Makhachev.

Following a seven-fight preliminary card, the five-fight Pay-Per-View show will feature some of today’s biggest stars in the sport. Additionally, the main card will culminate with two championship title matches. With all this in store, it is not hard to see why many feel this is the most exciting Mixed Martial Arts event of 2022.

While looking to add to his eleven-fight win streak, Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (33-8) also has his eyes set on regaining the lightweight title in UFC 280’s main event. The former champion was stripped of the 155-pound belt after missing weight prior to his last showing in the octagon versus Justin Gaethje, a showing in which he was victorious by way of a first-round submission. Since the birth of his daughter in 2017, Oliveira has been tearing through the lightweight division like loose leaf paper, earning wins over dominant competitors such as Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler, and Dustin Poirier. Moreover, Oliveira currently holds the record for most submission victories and most finishes in UFC history.

Islam Makhachev (22-1), childhood friend and training partner of former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has had a healthy run in the UFC so far, only having lost one time in his career back in 2015. Makhachev holds recent wins over the likes of Thiago Moises, Dan Hooker, and Bobby Green, all of whom he finished after showcasing his phenomenal wrestling prowess. Aside from the knockout loss he suffered in his second UFC match, the Dagestani has shown very little weakness in his ten fights since, but he has yet to test his wrestling against a competitor with the level of grappling that Oliveira possesses.

Prior to the main attraction that will crown the lightweight champion, Aljamain Sterling (21-3) will put his bantamweight title on the line versus TJ Dillashaw (17-4), the former two-time division titleholder.

 

Follow the Live Results and Highlights below, provided by FIGHT SPORTS

 

Main Card (3 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT on PPV) Live Results

Co-Main Event: Aljamain Sterling vs. TJ Dillashaw – UFC Bantamweight Title

Following the first takedown of this 135-pound title match, it was clear that there was something wrong with Dillashaw’s shoulder. Dillashaw managed to battle through the pain and survive the ground strikes and choke attempts from Sterling, and eventually made it back to his feet. Once on his feet, it was obvious to everyone that his left shoulder was dislocated.

Dillashaw’s corner managed to work the shoulder back in place in between rounds, but during a takedown in the second round the should dislocated once again. The two competitors scrambled to their feet, but Sterling would bring things to the ground for a final time and finish Dillashaw with relentless strikes from the top.

Official Result: Aljamain Sterling def. TJ Dillashaw via TKO (Ground and Pound) – Round 2, 3:44

 

Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley – Bantamweight

The beginning of this high profile 135-pound contest was extremely competitive, and that wound up being the case for the extent of the bout. Both athletes displayed supreme striking ability, and otherworldly power. Massive punches were landed from both corners, and Yan controlled the grappling exchanges by scoring takedowns on 6 separate occasions.

Round 3 proved to be the deciding factor as things really opened in the striking department. O’Malley was able to land a flush knee that opened up a cut near Yan’s right eye. From there, O’Malley went on to land multiple hard punches and followed with a well-placed roundhouse kick to the head.

Despite the fact that Yan was able to weather the storm, and despite his 6 takedowns and powerful check hooks, O’Malley would go on to win the decision by a narrow margin.

Official Result: Sean O’Malley def. Petr Yan via Decision (Split) – 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

 

Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot – Lightweight

Right from the start of this 155-pound matchup, both fighters were getting after it at an extreme pace. The grappling exchanges and scrambling displayed throughout the first round made for some electrifying entertainment for the crowd in Abu Dhabi.

In the second round, Dariush turned things up in the striking department. On multiple occasions, he would bait Gamrot into striking range and encourage him to shoot for a takedown. Dariush answered by having no problem reading the takedowns, defending well, and landing counterstrikes in return.

During the third round, Dariush even landed a bomb of a left hook that sent Gamrot to the canvas.

In the end, it was the takedown defense and striking of Dariush that was the difference maker in this fight, as he fought his way to a unanimous decision victory.

Official Result: Beneil Dariush def. Mateusz Gamrot via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 30-27, 29-28

 

Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot – Flyweight

Despite hard fought efforts and skilled striking from both competitors in this 125-pound matchup, Fiorot was able to achieve the victory after three competitive rounds. As a result of this win, Fiorot increased her win streak to 10 straight, while Chookagian recorded her fifth loss in 23 professional bouts.

Official Result: Manon Fiorot def. Katlyn Chookagian via Decision (Unanimous) – 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

 

Preliminary Card (12 p.m. ET on ESPN+) Live Results

Belal Muhammad def Sean Brady via TKO (Punches) – Round 2, 4:47

Caio Borralho def Makhmud Muradov via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 30-27, 29-28

Nikita Krylov def Volkan Oezdemir via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 29-28, 29-28

Abubakar Nurmagomedov def Gadzhi Omargadzhiev via Decision (Unanimous) – 29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Early Prelims (10:30 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass) Live Results

Armen Petrosyan def AJ Dobson via Decision (Unanimous) – 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Muhammad Mokaev def Malcolm Gordon via Submission (Armbar) – Round 3, 4:26

Karol Rosa def Lina Länsberg via Decision (Majority) – 29-27, 29-27, 28-28

 

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