With UFC 280 just over one month away, the hype around the event is starting to grow.
The promotion’s next numbered card, which takes place Oct. 22 at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+, features two anticipated championship bouts at the top of the bill.
In the main event, Charles Oliveira (33-8 MMA, 21-8 UFC) will attempt to regain undisputed lightweight champion status when he takes on Islam Makhachev (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) for the vacant 155-pound belt. It’s a unique matchup, as it marks the first time in UFC history that two fights on streak of 10 or more consecutive wins inside the octagon will clash.
The co-headliner, meanwhile, will see bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) try for his second consecutive title defense when he meets ex-titleholder T.J. Dillashaw (17-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who has the chance at history by becoming a three-time divisional kingpin.
With the stacked fight card rapidly approaching, the betting odds for both title matchups remain quite tight.
According to Tipico, which is the betting partner of USA TODAY, Makhachev is currently a -165 favorite (bet $165 to win $100) against Oliveira, who sits at +135 (bet $100 to win $135).
The line is identical for the co-headliner, but it’s Sterling who is the -165 favorite against Dillashaw, who comes back as the underdog at +130.
The latest UFC 280 lineup includes:
Champion Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev – for lightweight title
Champion Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
Sean O’Malley vs. Petr Yan
Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot
Sean Brady vs. Belal Muhammad
Caio Borralho vs. Makhmud Muradov
Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Lucas Almeida vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Magomed Mustafaev vs. TBA
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
A.J. Dobson vs. Armen Petrosyan
Malcolm Gordon vs. Muhammad Mokaev
Lina Lansberg vs. Karol Rosa
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 280.