The Saturday Setup: UFC 280

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Opponents Charles Oliveira of Brazil and Islam Makhachev of Russia face off during the UFC 280 ceremonial weigh-in at Etihad Arena on October 21, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Welcome to The Saturday Setup!

Every Saturday morning prior to a UFC fight card, this is where you want to come in order to get your fix of all the vital information you need to know before the fists start flying inside the Octagon.

In addition to the video series I produce for the YouTube page, you can also find things like Fighter to Watch, the staff picks, and the weekly preview show hosted by Ian O’Neill and featuring Sean Sheehan, Harry Powell and I breaking down all the fights that catch are attention and carry significance later in the evening.

Life is hectic, keeping up with everything as it comes out can be difficult, so we’ve go you covered with The Saturday Setup.

Fighter to Watch

Unbeaten welterweight Sean Brady is front and center heading into his critical clash against Belal Muhammad in the night’s final preliminary card bout.

Find out why he’s the emerging talent I think you need to be paying close attention to this evening.

One Question for Every Fight

As the vocal advocate that there is something interesting about every fight, no matter the card and no matter the combatants, I launched this series in order to go from the main event to the opening bout, detailing the most pressing question on my mind about each pairing set to step into the Octagon.

10 Things I Like

Who doesn’t love a good numbered list? And when it comes to getting people excited for UFC events, listing off the 10 elements that pique my interest or capture my attention has always been a great way to stoke the fires of fight fans.

Severe Selections

Formerly known as the Punch Drunk Predictions, this weekly series offers a detailed explanation of my picks for the weekend. From the headlining tandem to the duo opening the show, I’ll tell you who I like, why I like them, and how I think they get it done.

So You Wanna Make a Bet?

Interested in putting a couple quid down on the fights? Tune in each Friday as I go through the selections I like for the following evening, with a look back at my results from the week before and consistent updates about the state of my bankroll.

One Man Booth

Harry Powell gives a detailed analysis of the fight between Petr Yan and Sean O’Malley, combing through their past performances and tendencies in order to forecast how tonight’s pivotal bantamweight pairing will play out.

UFC 280 Preview Show

Ian, Sean, Harry, and I discuss Saturday’s stellar pay-per-view, going in-depth on the main card before turning their attention to a few key fights on the prelims.

Staff Picks

Who will win? Find out how everyone on staff thinks the main card fights will go!

E. Spencer Kyte is a veteran MMA content creator based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He's written for numerous outlets, including FOX Sports and The Province, British Columbia's leading newspaper, and has been a freelance contributor to the UFC website for more than a decade. Follow him on Twitter: @spencerkyte.