Islam Makhachev was undoubtedly the star at one of UFC’s most important shows.
Not only did Makhachev defeat Charles Oliveira in Saturday’s UFC 280 main event to become the UFC lightweight champion, he also earned an extra $50,000 by picking up his first Performance of the Night bonus. After scoring an August 2019. Fight of the Night with Arman Tsarukyan, it’s Makhachev’s second UFC bonus.
Belal Muhammad won the evening’s Other Performance of the Night. He stopped Sean Brady by way of a standing TKO, extending his streak of unbeaten fights to nine. Muhammad’s past four wins have all come against ranked opponents, Brady, Vicente Luque, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, and Demian Maia.
The UFC 280 Fight of the Night Award went to Petr Yan and Sean O’Malley. O’Malley won a split decision over Yan, the bantamweight champion. However, there is no doubt about the fight’s entertainment value as the fighters fought for three rounds.