The main event of UFC 280 brought about the long awaited showdown between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev, with lightweight gold on the line.
To a certain extent, the match-up was a stand-in for Oliveira vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, a fantasy fight for many MMA fans. With Khabib’s retirement in 2020,
Early on a UFC 280, Makhachev landed a left hand that appeared to stun Oliveira. “Do Bronx,” however, pressed forward,
Makhachev then settled in and went to work inside the closed guard of Charles Oliveira. A scramble would soon ensue,