The MMA Vivisection – UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev picks, odds, & analysis

The UFC is rolling back into Abu Dhabi with a top shelf PPV card. Charles Oliveira takes on Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight…

By: Zane Simon | 8 months ago
The MMA Vivisection – UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev picks, odds, & analysis
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The UFC is rolling back into Abu Dhabi with a top shelf PPV card. Charles Oliveira takes on Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight title in the main event. While TJ Dillashaw looks to reclaim bantamweight gold against Aljamain Sterling in the co-main. Fights between Petr Yan & Sean O’Malley, Beneil Dariush & Mateusz Gamrot, and Katlyn Chookagian & Manon Fiorot all look like possible title eliminators. Should be a great night of high-stakes action.

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For fans interested in diving deeper into a very stacked undercard, check out the Prelims Vivi below.

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Here’s a look at the UFC 280 fight card as it stood at the time of recording:

PPV MAIN CARD | 2pm/11am ET&PT
Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev — At 3:18, Odds 22:12, Picks, Both: Makhachev
Aljamain Sterling vs. TJ DillashawAt 23:00, Odds 39:27, Picks, Both: Dillashaw
Petr Yan vs. Sean O’MalleyAt 41:37, Odds 57:30, Picks, Both: Yan
Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz GamrotAt 59:00, Odds 1:13:27, Picks, Zane: Dariush, Connor: Gamrot
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon FiorotAt 1:14:26, Odds 1:24:33, Picks, Zane: Fiorot, Connor: Chookagian

Belal Muhammad vs. Sean BradyAt 2:04, Odds 17:06, Picks, Both: Muhammad
Makhmud Muradov vs. Caio BorralhoAt 17:27, Odds 25:12, Picks, Both: Borralho
Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan OezdemirAt 26:29, Odds 37:59, Picks, Zane: Oezdemir, Connor: Krylov
Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas AlmeidaAt 39:39, Odds 49:01, Picks, Both: Tukhugov
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi OmargadzhievAt 50:40, Odds 58:07, Picks, Both: Nurmagomedov
Armen Petrosyan vs. AJ DobsonAt 1:00:15, Odds 1:12:52, Picks, Both: Petrosyan
Muhammad Mokaev vs. Malcolm GordonAt 1:13:13, Odds 1:14:50, Picks, Both: Mokaev
Karol Rosa vs. Lina LansbergAt 1:16:30, Odds 1:19:48, Picks, Both: Rosa

For those of you following the picks made on the show, we started tracking them with the July 13th, 2020 Vivisection shows for UFC Fight Island 1: ‘Kattar vs. Ige’. So far, here are the overall standings:

  • For our last event, UFC Vegas 62: Grasso vs. Araujo: Zane went 9/11 for 82%, while Connor went 7/11 for 64% as well
  • Overall from UFC Fight Island 1 through UFC Vegas 62: Zane is now at 743/1146 for 65% and Connor is now at 690/1135 for 61%
  • So far, in 2022: Zane is at 273/409 for 66.7% and Connor is at 255/409 for 62.3%
  • 2021: Zane went 305/493 for 62% and Connor went 285/493 for 58%
  • July-Dec 2020: Zane went 164/244 for 67% and Connor went 157/244 for 64%
  • Reference: Vivi Picks Stats_10.20.22.pdf

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BLOCKBUSTER TWO TITLE-FIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Sat. OCT. 22, 20222, with a must-see thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira (33-8), battle No.4 division ranked contender, Islam Makhachev (22-1), for the UFC Vacant Lightweight Championship. Meanwhile, in UFC 280’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we get the current UFC Bantamweight Champion, Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling, defending his title opposite TJ Dillashaw. These bouts will be preceded by an additional exciting Bantamweight contest between, Petr ‘No Mercy’ Yan and ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley, in a must see barnburner.

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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