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.
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 Dillashaw — At 23:00, Odds 39:27, Picks, Both: Dillashaw
Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley — At 41:37, Odds 57:30, Picks, Both: Yan
Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot — At 59:00, Odds 1:13:27, Picks, Zane: Dariush, Connor: Gamrot
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot — At 1:14:26, Odds 1:24:33, Picks, Zane: Fiorot, Connor: Chookagian
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Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady — At 2:04, Odds 17:06, Picks, Both: Muhammad
Makhmud Muradov vs. Caio Borralho — At 17:27, Odds 25:12, Picks, Both: Borralho
Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir — At 26:29, Odds 37:59, Picks, Zane: Oezdemir, Connor: Krylov
Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas Almeida — At 39:39, Odds 49:01, Picks, Both: Tukhugov
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev — At 50:40, Odds 58:07, Picks, Both: Nurmagomedov
Armen Petrosyan vs. AJ Dobson — At 1:00:15, Odds 1:12:52, Picks, Both: Petrosyan
Muhammad Mokaev vs. Malcolm Gordon — At 1:13:13, Odds 1:14:50, Picks, Both: Mokaev
Karol Rosa vs. Lina Lansberg — At 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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