UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev Prediction, Tips & Odds – Oct. 22, 2022

Ognjen
October 20, 2022
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Oliveira vs. Makhachev Prediction by Bet Experts

This weekend is one of the best UFC events in the history of this organization. Both in terms of the number of fights and the quality of the fighters.

The event is headlined by a fight for the lightweight champion between champion Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev.

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Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev

The match for the lightweight champion is one of the most anticipated matches this year. The Brazilian Oliveira and the challenger from Dagestan, Islam Makhachev, will compete.

Oliveira has been in the UFC for many years and has slowly risen quietly through the organization. Too much noise around Khabib, Conor, and Ferguson allowed Oliveira to reach the very top quietly.

After Khabib’s retirement, Oliveira surprised many fans when he dominated El Cucuy, ended his winning streak, and then fell Chandler, Poirier, Gaethje, all the cream of the lightweight division.

He finished them all! But also survived the impossible. A true example of a champion who does not give up. He is on a streak of 11 wins, 10 of which are by stoppage, and he has no plans to stop.

His opponent is Khabib’s heir, cousin, and student, Islam Makhachev, who is a prototype of Nurmagomedov with a better stand-up. He suffered the only defeat in his career at the beginning of his UFC career, and since then, he has won 10 victories.

Clash of top grapplers! Oliveira is one of the best BJJ fighters in the organization, while Makhachev is a dominant wrestler! Who will do better and take the defeat with them?

Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw

And the co-main event is a fight for the belt, only this time in the bantamweight division, where the champion Aljamain Sterling fights against the former champion T.J. Dillashaw.

After his last fight against the favored Petr Yan, Sterling showed that he is not, without reason, where he is on the throne. And now he wants to defend his title once again. His opponent is the ever-ready Dillashaw! Sterling is a top grappler, tall and strong for this division.

After three years out of the bantamweight division, Dillashaw returned to his natural division, defeated Sandhagen, and started his campaign to win the bantamweight belt again. He is a superb Muay Thai fighter who is strong, explosive, and always highly prepared.

We expect a collision of two styles, and whoever imposes their fighting style is close to the title!

Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley

Another great bantamweight match awaits us, where the winner will likely become the next challenger. After a somewhat shocking loss in the second match against Sterling, Petr Yan fights against the controversial Sean O’Malley.

Yan is one of the worst boxers in the organization, and many MMA experts claim it’s a wonder why he didn’t become a professional boxer. He perfected his stance and adapted it to MMA. He trains at the Tiger Team in Thailand, where he perfected Muay Thai techniques to the maximum.

O’Malley is a fighter with great talent, both standing and ground. But “Sugar” is a fighter who causes various controversies around his name, both with his statements and behavior in the octagon.

The last match against Munhoz was stopped due to an “eye poke” by O’Malley. Some would say it was intentional because he lost a round and a half convincingly. Against Yan, this is the match of his career, and it will be a fundamental question of how he will handle the pressure the Russian is making.

Benneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot

The potential fight of the evening awaits us in the lightweight category, and the Iranian Beneil Dariush and the Polish Mateusz Gamrot meet! Two fighters who are dominant wrestlers, and a match where we expect a lot of clinch and ground fighting.

Dariush is a guy who has progressed so much in the last few years that he went from an average lightweight fighter to the opportunity to get his hands on a title fight with one fight.

He had offered to be ready to step in as a substitute for Oliveira or Makhachev, as he was confident that one of the two would not appear in the match.

He is a top freestyle wrestler who worked a lot on his hand techniques and improved in every fight segment.

His opponent is a dangerous Pole, who, in the last match, won a split decision against the hazardous Tsarukyan in one of the best matches of the year.

Gamrot is a counterguard fighter, which can be a big problem for Dariush, as he has had a lot of trouble with southpaw fighters in the past.

Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir

We expect a match between two experienced and dangerous veterans in the light heavyweight category. And Nikita Krylov and Volkan Ozdemir meet.

This match is at the beginning of the prelims, which speaks volumes about the quality of the entire fight card!

Mauler Gustaffson dominated Krylov’s last match. And before that, he was defeated by the dangerous Paul Craig.

Krylov was also dominant against the Scot until he ran into a trap and was strangled. Krylov is a very experienced and versatile fighter, but in the match against Oezdemir, we expect him to look for clinch and grounder from the first minute.

Oezdemir defeated Craig, as mentioned earlier in the last match. And he did it very smoothly and efficiently. He dominated him, and the Scot failed to knock him down. Oezdemir is a top kickboxer and one of the best knockouts in the light heavyweight division.

We expect this match will not go into the hands of the referees.

Main card
Weight classMethodRoundTimeNotes
LightweightCharles Oliveiravs.Islam Makhachev[a]
BantamweightAljamain Sterling (c)vs.T.J. Dillashaw[b]
BantamweightPetr Yanvs.Sean O’Malley
LightweightBeneil Dariushvs.Mateusz Gamrot
Women’s FlyweightKatlyn Chookagianvs.Manon Fiorot
Preliminary card (ESPNews / ESPN+)
WelterweightBelal Muhammadvs.Sean Brady
MiddleweightMakhmud Muradovvs.Caio Borralho
Light HeavyweightNikita Krylovvs.Volkan Oezdemir
FeatherweightZubaira Tukhugovvs.Lucas Almeida
WelterweightAbubakar Nurmagomedovvs.Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
MiddleweightArmen Petrosyanvs.A.J. Dobson
FlyweightMuhammad Mokaevvs.Malcolm Gordon
Women’s BantamweightKarol Rosavs.Lina Länsberg
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