UFC 280 results, highlights: Islam Makhachev submits Charles Oliveira to win lightweight title – CBS Sports

UFC 280 results, highlights: Islam Makhachev submits Charles Oliveira to win lightweight title - CBS Sports

Islam Makhachev scored one of the biggest statement wins in recent MMA history at UFC 280, submitting Charles Oliveira in the second round to claim the vacant lightweight championship.

Makhachev won every area of ​​the fight from the opening bell, landing good shots on the feet and scoring an early takedown. Oliveira, the UFC’s all-time leader in submission wins, threatened with a few submission attempts but was unable to lock anything in due to Makhachev’s superior positioning.

Makhachev also landed some punches in the opening frame that seemed to shake Oliveira. The same thing would happen in the second round, but this time Makhachev did not allow Oliveira to survive.

After a right hand sent Oliveira to the canvas, Makhachev followed and quickly locked in an arm-triangle choke that forced Oliveira to tap out at the 3:16 mark of Round 2.

Makhachev did what every recent Oliveira opponent has failed to manage. Oliveira has been rocked in several of his recent fights but has always managed to find a way to turn things around and earn the win. This ability to survive in bad places led to Oliveira winning the lightweight belt in December 2021 with a TKO victory over Michael Chandler and a successful defense against Dustin Poirier.

In his most recent outing, Oliveira turned the tables again after an early scare, submitting Justin Gaethje. However, Oliveira lost the title before that fight, missing weight for the fight, leaving the belt vacant for the fight with Makhachev.

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The threat of Makhachev’s takedowns led to Oliveira throwing fewer strikes than normal and allowing Makhachev to win the fistfights before submitting one of the most dangerous ground fighters in UFC history.

After the fight, Makhachev, along with trainer and mentor Khabib Nurmagomedov, called featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski to the ring to make an official challenge to face him for the lightweight belt in Australia. Volkanovski accepted the challenge before the two champions shook hands.

Makhachev has now won 11 consecutive bouts since his only career loss, a 2015 TKO loss to Adriano Martins. The title win fulfilled a promise by Nurmagomedov’s late father, Abdulmanap, who once said that after his son retired, it would be Makhachev who would go forward as the best 155-pound fighter in the sport.

CBS Sports was with you all the way on Saturday bringing you all the results and highlights from UFC 280 below.

UFC 280 card and results

  • Islam Makhachev def. Charles Oliveira by second round submission (head and arm choke)
  • Aljamain Sterling (c) def. TJ Dillashaw by second-round TKO (punches)
  • Sean O’Malley won. Peter Yan by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Beneil Dariush def. Matuesz Gamrot by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Manon Fiorot def. Katlyn Chookagian by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Belal Muhammad def. Sean Brady by second-round TKO (punches)
  • Caio Borralho def. Makhmud Muradov by decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Nikita Krylov def. Volkan Oezdemir by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Armen Petrosyan def. AJ Dobson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Muhammad Mokaev def. Malcolm Gordon by third-round submission (armbar)
  • Karol Rosa def. Lina Lansberg by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)

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