On Saturday at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, Islam Makhachev won the lightweight title by submitting Charles Oliveira with a second-round head-and-arm choke. The Dagestani fighter, who battles with MMA icon Khabib Nurmagomedov, has now won 11 consecutive fights.
Islam Makhachev has great Grappling Skills
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Makhachev debuted in the UFC in 2015 and has since been successful, relying on his excellent grappling abilities to dominate opponents on the ground with submissions and ground-and-pound. That’s precisely what transpired in the main event, as he dominated Oliveira throughout the two rounds. He grabbed the top position and sank the submission after hitting a right hook midway through the second. It was Oliveira’s first loss in his last 12 bouts.
Islam Makhachev all over Charles Oliveira
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UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is set to jump up to 155 pounds to compete for two titles against Makachev.
Aljamain Sterling maintained the UFC bantamweight championship with a second-round TKO over former champion T.J. Dillashaw in the co-main event. Sterling dominated from the start, repeatedly bringing his opponent down and unleashing strong ground-and-pound until the referee had had enough.
Dillashaw appeared to have a shoulder ailment, which contributed significantly to his defeat. Following the bout, he stated that he “totally blew his shoulder out” in April and frequently dislocated it throughout his training camp for the fight. It appeared early in the contest, and he was clearly in discomfort throughout.
Sterling’s record now stands at 22-3. On a four-fight winning streak, Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera might be next.