An intriguing bantamweight title struggle will play chief assist at a stacked UFC 280 this weekend, as Aljamain Sterling defends the gold towards former champion TJ Dillashaw.
Sterling (21-3) turned champion in March 2021, when then-title holder Petr Yan was disqualified within the pair’s first assembly. This April, Sterling defied his doubters by outgrappling the Russian and retaining the gold to arrange his subsequent defence, towards Dillashaw this Saturday.
Dillashaw (17-4) vacated the belt in early 2019 after testing constructive for a banned substance, an incident that led to a two-year ban for the American. “Killashaw” returned final July and scored a controversial choice win towards Cory Sandhagen, and now he has a shot on the belt that he by no means misplaced within the ring.
Sterling vs Dillashaw follows one other bantamweight conflict, between Yan and rising star Sean O’Malley, earlier than the primary occasion pits Charles Oliveira towards Islam Makhachev with the vacant light-weight title on the road.
Right here’s all it is advisable to know.
When is it?
UFC 280 will happen on Saturday 22 October on the Etihad Area in Abu Dhabi.
The prelims will begin at 3pm BST (8am PT, 9am CT, 10am ET), with the primary card following at 7pm BST (11am PT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET).
How can I watch it?
The cardboard will air dwell on BT Sport Field Workplace within the UK – at a price of £19.95 – with the broadcaster’s app and web site additionally streaming the fights.
Within the US, ESPN+ will stream the motion dwell, as will the UFC’s Battle Cross.
Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev (vacant light-weight title)
Aljamain Sterling (C) vs TJ Dillashaw (bantamweight title)
Petr Yan vs Sean O’Malley (bantamweight)
Beneil Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot (light-weight)
Katlyn Chookagian vs Manon Fiorot (girls’s flyweight)
Belal Muhammad vs Sean Brady (welterweight)
Makhmud Muradov vs Caio Borralho (middleweight)
Volkan Oezdemir vs Nikita Krylov (gentle heavyweight)
Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lucas Almeida (featherweight)
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (welterweight)
Armen Petrosyan vs AJ Dobson (middleweight)
Muhammad Mokaev vs Malcolm Gordon (flyweight)
Karol Rosa vs Lina Lansberg (girls’s bantamweight)
Oliveira – 11/8; Makhachev – 4/7
Sterling – 4/7; Dillashaw – 7/5
Yan – 4/11; O’Malley – 2/1