Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev are finally set to battle with the vacant lightweight title at UFC 280, which is scheduled for October 22 in Abu Dhabi.
The matchup was officially announced during the UFC Long Island card on Saturday.
Undefeated in his last 11 bouts, Oliveira has been a force of nature in the lightweight division, having faced every single opponent he has faced since 2018. Oliveira has eliminated 10 of his last 11 opponents, which is just an astonishing rate, especially when he is considering. Achieved three consecutive wins over Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler.
Unfortunately, Oliveira's rear-neck choke submission win against Gaethje was marred by a weight miss before the fight, which cost him the UFC lightweight title. That's why he'll be competing for a vacant belt when Oliveira returns to action for his next challenge against one of the world's most highly-coveted fighters.
At 22-1, Makhachev has earned a reputation as one of the toughest outsiders in the entire UFC as he carries on the legacy started by his friend and coach Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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