UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev main card staff predictions

Can Charles Oliveira pull off the improbable upset? Will TJ Dillashaw become the bantamweight champion once again? The predictions from the MMA Empire team, along with our guest picker, can be found below for the five-fight main card.

Our guest picker for this event is Canadian lightweight veteran Tim Smith (16-12). In his most recent outing, Smith came out on top in a fight of the year candidate with Curtis Demarce at Unified MMA 44, taking the unanimous decision. He returns to action on Dec. 2 in a rematch with Matt Krayco at Unified MMA 47.

2022 standings thru UFC Fight Night 212

1. Kylan Knowler (116-64) 128-93-3 in 2021

2. Jason Hagholm (115-65) N/A in 2021

3. Cole Shelton (114-66) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T4. Joel Griffith (113-67) 135-86-3 in 2021

T4. Joe McDonagh (113-67) 122-99-3 in 2021

6. Cooper Riehl (111-69) 136-85-3 in 2021

7. Cody Rempel (109-71) 134-87-3 in 2021

8. Dylan Bowker (105-75) 113-108-3 in 2021

9. Guest picker (96-84) 115-106-3 in 2021

Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev

Kylan Knowler: Charles Oliveira via submission.

Jason Hagholm: Charles Oliveira via submission.

Cole Shelton: Islam Makhachev via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Islam Makhachev via submission.

Joe McDonagh: Charles Oliveira via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Islam Makhachev via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Islam Makhachev via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Charles Oliveira via TKO.

Tim Smith: Charles Oliveira via knockout.

Picks – Charles Oliveira: 5, Islam Makhachev: 4

Aljamain Sterling vs. TJ Dillashaw

Kylan Knowler: Aljamain Sterling via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Aljamain Sterling via decision.

Cole Shelton: TJ Dillashaw via decision.

Joel Griffith: Aljamain Sterling via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Aljamain Sterling via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Aljamain Sterling via decision.

Cody Rempel: Aljamain Sterling via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Aljamain Sterling via decision.

Tim Smith: TJ Dillashaw via decision.

Picks – Aljamain Sterling: 7, TJ Dillashaw: 2

Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley

Kylan Knowler: Petr Yan via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Petr Yan via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Petr Yan via decision.

Joel Griffith: Petr Yan via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Petr Yan via knockout.

Cooper Riehl: Petr Yan via decision.

Cody Rempel: Petr Yan via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Petr Yan via TKO.

Tim Smith: Petr Yan via knockout.

Picks – Petr Yan: 9, Sean O’Malley: 0

Beneil Dariush vs. Mateusz Gamrot

Kylan Knowler: Mateusz Gamrot via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Beneil Dariush via decision.

Cole Shelton: Mateusz Gamrot via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Mateusz Gamrot via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Beneil Dariush via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Mateusz Gamrot via decision.

Cody Rempel: Mateusz Gamrot via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Beneil Dariush via decision.

Tim Smith: Beneil Dariush via submission.

Picks – Beneil Dariush: 5, Mateusz Gamrot: 4

Katlyn Chookagian vs. Manon Fiorot

Kylan Knowler: Manon Fiorot via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Cole Shelton: Manon Fiorot via decision.

Joel Griffith: Manon Fiorot via decision.

Joe McDonagh: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Manon Fiorot via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Manon Fiorot via TKO.

Dylan Bowker: Katlyn Chookagian via decision.

Tim Smith: Manon Fiorot via TKO.

Picks – Katlyn Chookagian: 3, Manon Fiorot: 6