Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev fight for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship on Saturday, October 22, at the Etihad Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The five-round encounter is the main event of the star-studded fight card that has two championship fights. The main card will begin at 2:00 PM ET and ESPN+ will broadcast the bout on live television. UFC Fight Pass will deliver livestream content of the match that will crown a new champion in the 155-pound division. Oliveira aims to reclaim the title he lost in May due to weight issues. On the other hand, Makhachev seeks to overcome Oliveira and become the new king of lightweights in the UFC. MMA fight odds are already updated and both fighters are ready to pull off an exciting clash.
UFC 280: Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev Betting Information
Oliveira (33-8, 1 No Contest, 21-8, 1 NC UFC) returns to the octagon after missing weight in his supposed UFC lightweight title defense against Justin Gaethje in May. The weight issue forced UFC to strip the Brazilian of his title but it did not bother him during the match. He eventually defeated Gaethje in one round via a rear-naked choke submission. Not only did Oliveira take home the win, he also extended the UFC record for most finishes (19) and submissions (18). In 33 wins, the fighter known as “do Bronx” has stopped 30 opponents (21 via submissions and nine by knockout) and the top contender in the division looks to add a new victim in Makhachev on Saturday and reclaim the crown.
Makhachev (22-1, 11-1 UFC) is on a 10-fight winning streak since losing to Adriano Martins in October 2015. The winning run has propelled him to the top of the 155-pound division, thus gaining a shot of the world title against Oliveira. In his last bout, the Russian sambo specialist made quick work of Bobby Green, winning the bout in 3:23 of the first round via technical knockout. In 22 wins, Makhachev has 10 victories via submission and four by knockout. The Russian will have his hands full against Oliveira, as it will be the first time that he is fighting for the world title and what a way to kick off his world title bid by facing the Brazilian great.
Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev Betting Numbers
|Record||33-8-0 (1 NC)||22-1-0|
|Height||5′ 10″||5′ 10″|
|Weight||155 lbs.||155 lbs.|
|Win by KO/TKO||27%||18%|
|Strikes Landed Per Minute||3.53||2.27|
|Striking Absorbed Per Minute||3.18||0.84|
Oliveira vs Makhachev Summary
Despite being the number one contender for the UFC lightweight title, opening UFC picks and parlays have Oliveira as an underdog over Makhachev. The Russian has a mastery of fighting on the mat as his takedown accuracy and defense are top of the charts. However, Oliveira is also world-class in terms of ground fighting as he has a ton of submissions under his belt. The fighters might start measuring each other, with both of them respecting each other’s ground game. Oliveira might use his championship experience in a bid to outclass Makhachev while the Russian will use his hunger to move forward and beat his Brazilian foe to become the new world champion.
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