There is a lot of anticipation for the main event in Dubai this Saturday and Oliveira vs Makhachev odds have the challenger as the firm favorite to take the lightweight belt.
Islam Makhachev is 22-1 and he has been tearing through his opposition since arriving in the UFC 280. However, Charles Oliveira is a proven champion and the +155 underdog with UFC 280 betting odds shouldn’t be underrated.
Date: Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
Time: 06:00 PM ET
Venue: Etihad Arena, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Broadcasts: Pay-per-view, ESPN, ESPN+
Streaming: Live Stream Sports
Oliveira Keeps Delivering
Whenever the 33-year-old enters a fight as an underdog, he delivers in the Octagon. It happened against numerous opponents and he has been in devastating form, so the Oliveira vs Makhachev odds are generous.
The Brazilian defeated Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, and Michael Chandler in his last three fights. He hasn’t lost since Paul Felder knocked him out in 2017, which is a long time in MMA, especially at the top level.
Has he fought someone as talented as Makhachev? That’s yet to be seen, but we don’t think Oliveira should be the despised underdog when the belt is wrapped around his waist.
He believes he will end the fight in the first round, so the champion has come out swinging.
“Everyone wanted to see this fight over here, but I came in to ruin their expectations. Be sure, it will not pass the first round,” Oliveira said.
“I’m gonna show that my history, my background, the number of fights I’ve had, my contenders, these will come to show on that very night. In this sense, I’ll shock the world because people will change their opinion about this.”
The +155 is a lovely price for a fighter of his class and we expect late money to come for him. Oliveira vs Makhachev odds are likely to see an even split of action throughout the week, but come fight night, the champion will have his supporters.
Makhachev Making Mince Meat of Opposition
Most UFC fighters are scared to take on the 31-year-old Russian, which is why he hasn’t faced the top-level guys.
Not having experience against the very best could work against him, but there’s a reason why the opposition has been scared to fight him.
He made Bobby Green look second-rate in February and he could be the most dominant fighter since Khabib, which is a big statement given that he’s never before fought for the title.
He should be a fresh fighter and come out swinging as the -190 favorite.
The UFC schedule hasn’t favored Makhachev, but not having a tough fight could also work for him. He should be a fresh fighter and come out swinging as the -190 favorite.
“This means a lot, man, because how many years?” Makhachev said. “I don’t know — seven, eight years old I began in sports, and I’ve been training all my life. I’m very excited for this moment because I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life.”
Oliveira vs Makhachev odds expects the favorite to win in style. Makhachev is +110 to win with a stoppage, where bettors could find the best value. We don’t expect the fight to go the distance. They’re too powerful, so expect the fight to end before the fifth round.Follow us on Twitter