The octagon returns to the Big Apple as the iconic Madison Square Garden plays host to UFC 281, with two title fights at the top of a packed fight card in New York City.
Muhammad Mokaev continued his rise up the UFC's flyweight division with a third-round armbar finish of Malcolm Gordon at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, and said he's still on track to reach his goal of becoming the UFC's youngest ever champion.
For some fighters, defeating a former champion and number one contender would be cause to shout from the rooftops that they are now ready for a shot at the title. But Sean O'Malley isn't "some fighters."
Islam Makhachev doesn't want to rest on his laurels, and he and his mentor have a grand plan for pound-for-pound supremacy.
Islam Makhachev captured the undisputed UFC lightweight title with a second-round submission of former champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi.
Sean O’Malley, champ Aljamain Sterling and Charles Oliveira wrap up their weight cuts. They hit the scales, then face off one final time against their UFC 280 opponents at ceremonial weigh-ins.
UFC 280 stars Charles Oliveira, Islam Makhachev, Aljamain Sterling, TJ Dillashaw, Petr Yan and Sean O’Malley play to fans at open workouts. Caio Borralho embraces the big event. Fighters trade barbs, then face off at the press conference.
The UFC's pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi will go ahead with a full slate of main card matchups after the official early-morning weigh-ins on Friday.
Champ Aljamain Sterling, Charles Oliveira, TJ Dillashaw, Petr Yan, and Islam Makhachev get in the zone. Champ Alexander Volkanovski trains for any opponent. Sean O’Malley makes an entrance at media day, and Oliveira rolls deep
Beneil Dariush sees a path to UFC gold. Katlyn Chookagian and Sean Brady arrive. Charles Oliveira trains to win; Islam Makhachev greets his Hall of Famer coach Khabib Nurmagomedov. Sean O’Malley, Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling dive into fight week.