UFC 280 card: Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev and Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw in a loaded line-up


Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev top one of the deepest UFC cards of the year.

During Saturday’s UFC Vegas 61 broadcast, the promotion announced the official lineup for UFC 280, which takes place Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi and airs live on ESPN+ pay-per-view. Oliveira & Makhachev are the card’s headliner — No. 1, and No. 3 respectively in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings — battling for the lightweight title that “Do Bronx” lost on the scale this past May.

In the co-main, Aljamain sterling defends his bantamweight title against T.J. Dillashaw.

Also on the main card: Former bantamweight champion Petr Yang faces Sean O’Malley. Beneil Dariush takes on Mateusz Gamrot in an exciting battle of top 10 lightweights. Katlyn Chookagian, a perennial flyweight competitor, looks to end Manon Fiorot’s championship challenge.

The preliminary section of the Oct. 22 Card has plenty of star power with ranked fighters Belal Muhammad and Volkan Oezdemir in action. Also, Muhammad Mokaev, Jailton Almeida, a fast-rising heavyweight, will be there.

See the UFC 280 roster below.

Main Card (ESPN+ PPV, 2 p.m. ET)

Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev

Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Petr Ya vs. Sean O’Malley

Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot

Katlyn Cookagian vs. Manon Fiorot

Preliminary card (ESPN+, ESPNews 10 at.m. ET)

Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady

Makhmud Muradov vs. Caio Borralho

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Nikita Krylov

Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas Almeida

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Jailton Almeida

Magomed Mustafaev vs. Yamato Nishikawa

Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev

Armen Petrosyan vs. AJ Dobson

Muhammad Mokaev vs. Malcolm Gordon