WE ARE LIVE! You can now watch the UFC 280 live stream online, but don't adjust your clocks, we're early because this show is in the UAE. And at the top of the card, we've got a title fight that's sure to end with shouts of "AND NEW!"
Date and Time: UFC 280 is today (Saturday, October 22)
UFC 280 main card: The main card began at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT / 7 p.m. BST / 5 a.m. AEDT
The prelims began at 10:30 a.m. ET.
UFC 280 main event time: Ring-walks are estimated for 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. BST / 8 a.m. AEDT — but they could always go on earlier.
The event is live from the UAE's Yas Island at the Etihad Arena.
Watch in the US — ESPN Plus
Watch in the UK — BT Sport Box Office
Both Oliveira (11-fight winning streak) and Makhachev (10-fight winning streak) come into the match hot. Each is a ground-based grappler, so this isn't a "styles makes fights" situation, but one where the style is the fight.
In the co-main, UFC Bantamweight champ Aljamain Sterling looks to grapple his way to a title defense against the defends his title against T.J. Dillashaw, who gets most of his W's via KO or TKO.
Yamato Nishikawa was supposed to be on the card, but he's been released for undisclosed reasons. He was scheduled to fight Magomed Mustafaev. Also taken off the card for "weight management issues" was Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lucas Almeida.
And for the odds: Makhachev (-195 — wager $195 to win $100) is the slight favorite over Oliveira (+165 — wager $100 to win $165) according to DraftKings. Sterling (-175) is expected to beat Dillashaw (+150).
Here's everything you need to know about UFC 280 live streams, including the recent changes to the main card and prelims.
UFC 280 live streams: Get the PPV and a whole year of ESPN Plus
You're going to need ESPN Plus to watch UFC 280 live streams — and all the upcoming numbered UFC PPVS — so let's talk about the best deal to make this happen.
You can get UFC 280 plus a year of ESPN Plus for $124.98, which is savings of $50 (ESPN Plus costs $99.99 per year and UFC 280 costs $74.99).
The main prelim fights are on ESPNEWS, so those who haven't subscribed to the latter yet can get a taste of it all for themselves, before forking out the cash.
UFC 280 Early Prelim fights start at 6 p.m. ET on UFC FightPass, which is $9.99 per month. Then, the higher-up set of prelim fights that start at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPNEWS.
You're gonna need ESPN Plus for UFC 280. While UFC 280 live streams cost $74.99 (on top of ESPN Plus), new subscribers and those on current monthly plans can save $50 by getting UFC 280 and the annual ESPN Plus subscription for $124.98. That subscription will renew at $99.99 for your second year.
Sling TV: ESPNEWS is available with the Sling TV Orange + Sports Extra combo package. This also gets you the MLB Network, ESPN U and much more.
How to watch UFC 280 in the UK and Australia
UFC 280 is at an actually decent time in the U.K., but a terrible time down under.
In the U.K., you'll likely Ferguson vs Diaz start at approximately 10 p.m. BST . It's live on BT Sport Box Office, where it costs £19.95. Prelims are on UFC Fight Pass.
Just a heads up, though, the UFC 280 live stream is not available via a web browser, but through apps on Now TV devices, PlayStations, Xbox, Apple TV and some Smart TVs.
In Australia, UFC 280 is live on Sunday at 5 a.m. AEDT on Kayo, where it costs AU$54.95.
How to watch UFC 280 live streams in Canada
Our neighbors in the great white north will watch the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, while the prelims are on TSN and RDS. UFC 280's main card is available on various providers, including BELL and Rogers.
UFC 280 fight card and results
Prelims (10:30 a.m. ET) on ESPNEWS
- Belal Muhammad defeats Sean Brady by TKO (strikes) at 4:47 of Round 2
- Caio Borralho defeats Makhmud Muradov by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Nikita Krylov defeats Volkan Oezdemir by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov defeats Gadzhi Omargadzhiev via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
- Armen Petrosyan defeats AJ Dobson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Muhammad Mokaev defeats Malcolm Gordon by submission (armbar) at 4:26 of Round 3
- Karol Rosa defeats Lina Lansberg by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
Main Card (2 p.m. ET on ESPN Plus)
- Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev for the vacant UFC Lightweight championship
- Aljamain Sterlin (c) vs TJ Dillahsaw for the UFC Bantamweight championshp
- Petr Yan vs Sean O'Malley (bantamweights)
- Beneil Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot (lightweights)
- Manon Fiorot defeats Katlyn Chookagian by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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