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Islam Makhachev, Aljamain Sterling betting favorites to leave UFC 280 as champions

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FROM UFC 280 a little more than a month left, the excitement around this event is starting to grow.

The promotion’s next numbered card, which takes place on October 22 at the Etihad Arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island and airs on pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN and ESPN+, features two anticipated championship bouts at the top of the bill.

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In the main event Charles Oliveira (33-8 MMA, 21-8 UFC) will try to regain his undisputed lightweight title when he takes on Islam Makhachev (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) for the vacant 155-pound belt. This is a unique fight as it will be the first time in UFC history that two fights will meet on a series of 10 or more wins in a row inside the octagon.

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Meanwhile, the co-headliner will face the bantamweight champion. Aljamain Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) will try to defend his title for the second time in a row, taking on the former title holder TJ Dillashaw (17-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who has a chance to make history by becoming a three-time division leader.

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With the fight map fast approaching, the odds for both title matches are pretty low.

According to Tipico, who is USA TODAY’s betting partner, Makhachev is currently -165 ($165 bet to win $100) against Oliveira, who is +135 ($100 bet to win $135).

The line is identical for the co-headliner, but it is Sterling who is the -165 favorite against Dillashaw, who comes back as a +130 underdog.

The latest UFC 280 roster includes:

  • Champion Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev – for the lightweight title

  • Champion Aljamain Sterling vs. TJ Dillashaw – for the bantamweight title

  • Sean O’Malley vs. Petr Yan

  • Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamroth

  • Kathleen Chookagian vs. Manon Fioro

  • Sean Brady vs. Belal Muhammad

  • Cayo Borrallo vs. Mahmud Muradov

  • Nikita Krylov vs. Volkan Oezdemir

  • Lucas Almeida vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

  • Magomed Mustafaev vs. to be specified

  • Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev

  • AJ Dobson vs. Armen Petrosyan

  • Malcolm Gordon vs Muhammad Mokaev

  • Lina Lansberg vs. Karol Rosa

To learn more about the card, visit the MMA Junkie event center to UFC 280.

The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie.


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