Islam Makhachev is favored against Charles Oliveira at UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev on Saturday, October 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is one of five fights on the main pay-per-view card. Oliveira is 33-8 in his career, while Makhachev is 22-1 in his career. There are a total of 14 fights with five on Pay-Per-View and nine on ESPNews/ ESPN+ at UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev. Let’s look at the bout between Oliveira and Makhachev and UFC predictions.
UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev takes place at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, October 22 with 14 fights with five on Pay-Per-View and nine on ESPNews/ ESPN+.
UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev Betting
Charles Oliveira (33-8, 21-8 UFC)
Oliveira came into the UFC with a record of 12-0 and he has 21 wins and eight losses in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has six wins and no losses. He defeated Jared Gordon by KO, Kevin Lee by guillotine choke submission, Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision, Michael Chandler by TKO, Dustin Poirier by rear-naked choke submission, and Justin Gaethje by rear-naked choke submission. Oliveira’s last loss in his career was against Paul Felder by TKO in December of 2017. Oliveira has been a pro since 2008 and he has nine wins by TKO/KO and 21 by submission. He has 15 first round finishes.
Oliveira said this to bloodyelbow.com about his upcoming fight against Makhachev, “I’m going to shock the world yet again… Well, opinions are subjective and some people believe that I would be a potential winner, he would be a potential winner. But I’m going to show that my history, my background, the number of fights I’ve had, my contenders, these will come to show on that very night. In this sense, I’ll shock the world because people will change their opinion about this.”
Islam Makhachev (22-1, 11-1 UFC)
Makhachev came into the UFC with a record of 11-0 and he has 11 wins and one loss in the UFC. In his last six fights, he has six wins and no losses. He defeated Arman Tsarukyan by unanimous decision, Davi Ramos by unanimous decision, Drew Dober by arm-triangle choke submission, Thiago Moisés by rear-naked choke submission, Dan Hooker by kimura submission, and Bobby Green by TKO. Makhachev’s only loss in his career was against Adriano Martins by TKO in October of 2015. Makhachev has been a pro since 2010 and he has four wins by TKO/KO and 10 by submission. He has eight first round finishes.
Makhachev said this to mmajunkie.usatoday.com about his upcoming fight against Oliveira, “This is my goal, finish him on the ground because I have to show all people my grappling level. This is an MMA fight. We’re going to begin in the standup; I’m going to check his skills there. All my opponents are good, for example Drew Dober, all these guys. If I’m going to stand with them, they can make me some trouble, but I just have to do where I’m good. Close the distance, hold him, and take him down. I’m going to do the same thing always, take them down, hold them, make them tired and finish him.”
Strikes landed per minute: Oliveira 3.53 / Makhachev 2.27
Striking Accuracy: Oliveira 53% / Makhachev 57%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Oliveira 3.18 / Makhachev 0.84
Defense: Oliveira 52% / Makhachev 68%
Takedown average: Oliveira 2.46 / Makhachev 3.41
Takedown Accuracy: Oliveira 40% / Makhachev 65%
Takedowns defended: Oliveira 57% / Makhachev 88%
Submission average: Oliveira 2.9 / Makhachev 1.2
Is Oliveira really good enough to beat Makhachev? I don’t really think so, as I don’t see a path to victory for Oliveira. It would seem that he would have the edge on the ground but Makhachev is talking like he really wants to prove he is the best on the mat as well as standing and he just may be able to do that. I will lay the price and take Makhachev to get the win. I also think there is value in taking him to do exactly what he said and get a finish, so I’ll play that prop as well.
|DATE ||FIGHTERS ||MONEY LINE |
|10/22 ||Charles Oliveira ||+154 |
|Islam Makhachev ||-195 |
|10/22 ||TJ Dillashaw ||+143 |
|Aljamain Sterling ||-180 |
|10/22 ||Sean O’Malley ||+204 |
|Petr Yan ||-265 |
|10/22 ||Beneil Dariush ||+150 |
|Mateusz Gamrot ||-190 |
|10/22 ||Katlyn Chookagian ||+165 |
|Manon Fiorot ||-210 |
|10/22 ||Belal Muhammad ||+110 |
|Sean Brady ||-140 |
|10/22 ||Volkan Oezdemir ||+140 |
|Nikita Krylov ||-176 |
|10/22 ||Lina Lansberg ||+241 |
|Karol Rosa ||-320 |
|10/22 ||Lucas Almeida ||+133 |
|Zubaira Tukhugov ||-167 |
|10/22 ||Makhmud Muradov ||+158 |
|Caio Borralho ||-200 |
|10/22 ||Malcolm Gordon ||+691 |
|Muhammad Mokaev ||-1300 |
|10/22 ||Gadzhi Omargadzhiev ||+135 |
|Abubakar Nurmagomedov ||-170 |
|10/22 ||AJ Dobson ||+165 |
|Armen Petrosyan ||-210 |
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