By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Lightweight challenger Islam Makhachev picked up his first UFC Championship at UFC 280 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Makhachev defeated champion Charles Oliveira to win the belt.
The Russian got Oliveira to submit in the second round. He tapped out due to an arm-triangle choke submission at 3:16 in the second round.
Makhachev is the new UFC Lightweight Championship. He also received a Performance of the Night bonus for the win.
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Following the win, he dedicated the win to Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who passed away in 2020.
“I just want to say, this is my belt for coach Abdulmanap,” Makhachev said. “Many years ago, he told me to train hard and you’re going to be champion.”
With the win, Makhachev improved to 23-1 in his MMA career. This was his 11th submission win in his career.
Makhachev has now won 10 straight bouts following his loss to Adriano Martins at UFC 192. He has not lost a bout since September 2016 when he defeated Chris Wade by a unanimous decision.
Oliveira suffered its first loss since December 2nd, 2017. He had won 11 straight bouts following his TKO (elbows) loss to Paul Felder at UFC 218.
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The Brazilian suffered his ninth career loss in his MMA career. He is now 33-9.
This was his fourth submission loss.
“I always ask God why he always gives me more than what I ask,” Makhachev said. “I knew this wouldn’t be an easy fight. This guy always pushes.”
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