The UFC 280 lineup is stacked from top to bottom, but it’s a little less lengthy than it was seven days ago.
Three fighters are off the card for different reasons, MMA Junkie has learned. All three combatants were expected to compete on the prelims of the Oct. 22 pay-per-view event at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
UFC 280 is headlined by two title fights. In the main event, Charles Oliveira faces Islam Makhachev for the vacant UFC lightweight championship. In the co-main event, bantamweight champ Aljamain Sterling defends his title against former champion T.J. Dillashaw.
Scroll below to see which fighters have recently dropped off the card.
In one of the quickest stints in UFC history, [autotag]Slim Trablesi[/autotag] was onboarded and off-boarded from the UFC roster in the span of little over a day due to contractual issues with ARES FC, cited by manager Ali Abdelaziz, of Dominance MMA. Trablesi (5-0) was expected to step in for the withdrawn Hamdy Abdelwahab against Parker Porter.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 21: (R-L) Parker Porter punches Chase Sherman in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
With Hamdy Abdelwahab and Slim Trabelsi out, [autotag]Parker Porter[/autotag] was left without an opponent. A little over one month out from the event, sources say the parties involved have elected to pursue a later fighter, rather than a replacement barring unforeseen circumstances.
Mar 5, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, UNITED STATES; Jamie Mullarkey waits to fight Jalin Turner (not pictured) during UFC 272 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
[autotag]Jamie Mullarkey[/autotag] has withdrawn from his lightweight bout against Magomed Mustafaev due to injury, multiple sources Saturday told MMA Junkie. Neither the extent of the injury nor Musatafaev’s replacement opponent status is known at this time.
With the changes, the 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.