Emirates News Agency – Second blockbuster title fight added to UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi


ABU DHABI, 6th August, 2022 (WAM) — The UFC announced today that champion Aljamain Sterling will defend his bantamweight title against no. 2 ranked TJ Dillashaw in the UFC 280 co-main event: OLIVEIRA vs. MAKHACHEV – the latest UFC event in Abu Dhabi in partnership with the Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

Taking place at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, it will be Sterling’s second defense of the title he won in March last year.

Aljamain “The Funk Master” Sterling (21-3) has been in the UFC for eight years, patiently working his way to the top of the division. He will ride a seven-game winning streak when he arrives in Abu Dhabi, including back-to-back wins over former champion Yan in his last two outings. Sterling, 33, will fight outside the United States for the first time in his 24-fight professional career as he looks to cement his place atop the 135-pound division.

His opponent, Dillashaw, has been a leader in the bantamweight division for over a decade now. He’s a former two-time champion who first tasted title glory in 2014, before repeating the feat in 2017. The 36-year-old holds a number of UFC bantamweight records, most of them wins (13), most wins by KO/TKO (7), most title fight wins (5) and an impressive eight fight night bonuses along the way.

This is the latest blockbuster fight to be added to the Oct. 22 card, which will be headlined by Charles Oliveira taking on Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight title. Also on the card is another key bantamweight fight between former champion Petr Yan and talented prospect Sean O’Malley.

UFC 280: OLIVEIRA vs MAKHACHEV will be the final event held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates as part of a historic partnership between the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) which started in 2019.

October will also see the return of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week from October 17-23, anchored by UFC 280 and comprised of other sports and entertainment side events, powered by Flash Entertainment.

WAM/Amjad Saleh

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