UFC 280: How To Watch Oliveira vs Makhachev In Australia

The monster MMA match-up takes place in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

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UFC 280 – one of the most anticipated UFC cards of the year – is taking place this Saturday at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.

It is being headlined by a spine-tingling matchup that has MMA fans giddy, between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev for the vacant UFC lightweight belt.

The rest of the card is also completely stacked: former-champion TJ Dillashaw looks to regain the UFC bantamweight championship against current 135lb king Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan and ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley square off for what is sure to be an amazing striking matchup.

Given the card is in Abu Dhabi, the event will actually be shown in Australia in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Here is everything you need to know about watching UFC 280: Olivera vs. Makhachev in Australia.

When is UFC 280?

UFC 280 takes place on Saturday 22 October in the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi.

What time does UFC 280 start in Australia?

  • Preliminary Card: Sunday 23 October – 1am AEDT
  • Main Card: Sunday 23 October – 5am AEDT

Because of the time difference, UFC 280 will be broadcast in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 23 October.

In Australia, the preliminary card starts at 1am AEDT. The main card is set to kick off at 5am AEDT.

For Aussie MMA fans keen to set their alarm and wake up to watch the main event, Oliveira and Makhachev’s cage walks are scheduled for 8am AEDT, but this could change depending on the length of the undercard fights.

How to watch UFC 280 in Australia?

In Australia, UFC 280 will be available to buy on Kayo Sports, for $59.99. Good news for fight fans, is that you do not require a separate Kayo subscription to purchase the event.

Who is fighting on the UFC 280 Main Card?

Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev are headlining UFC 280 for the vacant lightweight belt. Image: @MMAFighting.com

Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev is one of the most intriguing lightweight bouts of all time. Oliveira wants to cement his place as one of the greatest lightweight fighters in the history of the UFC, whilst Makhachev looks to follow in the footsteps of best-friend Khabib Nurmagomedov and regain the belt for the first time.

The main event is by no means the only reason to get up – or stay – up for the event. The main card is filled with interesting matchups top-to-bottom:

  • Charles Oliveira (BRA) v Islam Makhachev (RUS) – Men’s Lightweight title.
  • Aljamain Sterling (USA) v TJ Dillashaw (USA) – Men’s Bantamweight title.
  • Peter Yan (RUS) v Sean O’Malley (USA) – Men’s Bantamweight.
  • Beneil Dariush (USA) v Mateusz Gamrot (POL) – Men’s Lightweight.
  • Katlyn Chookagian (USA) v Manon Fiorot (FRA) – Women’s Flyweight.

Will Alexander Volkanovski be fighting at UFC 280?

The No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world and UFC Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is turning a lot of heads this weekend.

The Aussie badass is flying out to Abu Dhabi and will act as the back-up for the main event, should either Oliveira or Makhachev pull-out last minute.

He told MMA Junkie, “I’m just going through the week as if it’s a normal fight week and I’m fighting.”

Even if we do not see him in the Octagon on Sunday morning, UFC President Dana White has confirmed he will be receiving the next title shot with whoever wins this weekend.

Will Joe Rogan be commentating on UFC 280?

Joe Rogan will not be commentating at UFC 280 for Charles Olivera vs. Islam Makhachev. The long-time commentator and popular podcast host rarely travels outside of America for events anymore and has confirmed he will be in London for the upcoming card.

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