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UFC 280 Predictions - Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev

20 Oct 2022
Chris Horton 20 Oct 2022
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  • UFC 280 takes place this weekend
  • Get best betting tips for Saturday's card
  • Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev prediction and more!
UFC 280 is finally here and this weekend’s card is set to go down as one of the promotion's most memorable nights.

There will be two belts on the line and two potential top contender fights, along with other competitive matchups. is the best sportsbook in the game and has lots of UFC 280 promotions as well as great odds on every fight, with live betting as well!

We look ahead to the card and have UFC 280 predictions on this page!

Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev Preview

The most anticipated UFC fight of the year is finally here and now fight fans will finally know who the true champion of this Lightweight division is.

Charles Oliveira has become a fan favourite as a result of his phenomenal win streak and title run.

Oliveira switched off the quit button in 2017 and has emerged as a killer who cannot be defeated.

The uncrowned champion of the lightweights is now on a lethal 11-fight streak which has seen him capture UFC gold and defend it.

He has taken out former world champions like Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson.

Oliveira holds prestigious records like the most finishes, most submissions, and most bonuses in the promotion's history.

He has been a tough hill to climb for many but this week he will face a willing challenger in Khabib Nurmagomedov's prodigy, Islam Makhachev.

Islam is riding a 10-fight win streak of his own which has seen him defeat tough contenders like Dan Hooker, Arman Tsarukyan and Drew Dober.

Both men are in their prime and are very well-rounded which makes this fight one of the most intriguing in a while.

We think Oliveira's pathway to victory involves using his boxing combinations, setting up his kicks, and locking submissions when Islam engages in takedown attempts.

Islam's plan is clear, he is here to wrestle and grind out a late finish or decision by controlling Charles.

UFC 280 Best Bets

An intriguing Flyweight bout between Muhammad Mokaev and Malcolm Gordon on the early prelims has caught our eye for the first pick this week.

Mokaev is the rightful heavy favourite in this bout and given that he is explosive and pushes for the finish, there is great value for him to get it done inside the distance.

Gordon's five career losses have all come inside the distance.

Our second pick this week comes on a Lightweight main-card bout between Beneil Dariush and Mateusz Gamrot.

We think Gamrot is better in every department given his superior striking, wrestling and cardio.

Dariush has been knocked out a few times so we think Gamrot can get this done by either KO or on the scorecards.

Our final pick comes on the main event between Oliveira and Makhachev.

This is a close fight to call, but we think Oliveira has fought the much better competition and has more pathways to win regardless of where this fight plays out.

We are getting a great price for a former champion who has always proven the doubters wrong, we believe he will do so again.

UFC 280 Betting Picks

  • Muhammad Mokaev KO or submission (Win method, double chance) @1.60
  • Mateusz Gamrot KO or points (Win method, double chance) @1.85
  • Charles Oliveira (Win market) @2.55
  • Parlay all Selections @7.50