The UFC is in Abu Dhabi this week with a card featuring a handful of intriguing matchups. Chief among them is the main event pitting former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (whose reign ended on a technicality) against the ruthless Islam Makhachev, who will have former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in his corner.
The co-main event is another title fight. For this UFC bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling (who has lost a lot of fans thanks to the company he keeps lately) holding his own against former champion TJ Dillashaw (who seems to be gaining fans thanks to his handling of his past indiscretions).
Before the title fights there are two near-title eliminators with Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley in the bantamweight division and Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot in the lightweight division. Rounding out the pay-per-view card is exciting prospect Manon Fiorot, who will be tested by Katlyn Chookagian.
The preliminaries pick is Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady in the welterweight division. There is also Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir, which should not disappoint.
However, before any of this can happen, the fighters must make it through the weigh-ins unscathed. The last time Oliveira faced this situation he lost his lightweight title. So today there could be some drama in the balance again. Remember, all four fighters in the championship bouts must hit their marks without receiving a pound of compensation in order to compete for gold.
You can watch this all unfold in the live stream below, provided by our friends at MMA Fighting. The broadcast is broadcast live on 1 a.m. Eastern Time.
UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev Media Day Live Streaming | mixed martial arts fights
The ceremonial weigh-ins will air at 8 am ET. You can see them below:
Main Card (4 p.m. on ESPN)
Lightweight Championship: Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev
Bantamweight Championship: Aljamain Sterling vs. T. J. Dillashaw
Bantamweight: Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot
Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot
Preliminary card (11 a.m. on ESPN+)
Welterweight: Belal Muhammad vs. Sean Brady
Middleweight: Makhmud Muradov vs. Borralho Key
Light heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Nikita Krylov
Featherweight: Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Lucas Almeida
Welterweight: Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev
Middleweight: Armen Petrosyan vs. A. J. Dobson
Flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev vs. Malcolm Gordon
Bantamweight: Lina Lansberg vs. Karol Rosa