Taking main event status in a vacant UFC lightweight championship tilt, the #3 ranked, Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira meets with the #4 rated, ‘Iron’ Michael Chandler as the promotion crowns it’s first lightweight champion since the official vacating of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s crown earlier this year.
Entering the championship fight off the back of a division best, eight fight winning streak, Oliveira, the promotion’s most prolific submission artist earned his place in a vacant title fight with a unanimous decision win over former interim champion, Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson at UFC 256 in December.
Debuting in the UFC in January of this year in the co-headliner of UFC 257 on ‘Fight Island’ — Missouri veteran, Chandler stopped City Kickboxing striker, Dan Hooker with a brutal first round knockout following his move to the organization last year. Chandler is a former three-time Bellator MMA lightweight champion.
In tonight’s co-main event, the above-mentioned former interim lightweight best, Ferguson looks to snap a two-fight losing skid as he meets with Kings MMA staple, Beneil Dariush who has won his last six consecutively.
Prior to his December defeat to Oliveira, Ferguson suffered the snapping of his division-tying twelve fight undefeated streak in the form of a short-notice interim title loss to Justin Gaethje in April at UFC 249. Last featuring at UFC Vegas 18 in February, Dariush took home a second career win over Diego Ferreira via a close split decision success.
UFC 262 Results: Oliveira vs. Chandler
Main Card: (ESPN+/Pay-Per-View 10 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler via second round (0:19) TKO (strikes)
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Catchweight (137lbs): Rogerio Bontorin def. Matt Schnell via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 29-28)
Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, and 30-27)
Featherweight: Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos via third round (1:15) TKO (punches)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN/ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Andre Muniz def. Ronaldo Souza via first round (3:59) submission (armbar)
Featherweight: Lando Vannata def. Mike Grundy via split decision (29-28, 27-30, and 30-27)
Middleweight: Jordan Wright def. Jamie Pickett via first round (1:04) TKO (knees and strikes)
Flyweight: Andrea Lee def. Antonina Shevchenko via second round (4:52) submission (armbar)
Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass 6:30 p.m. ET)
Flyweight: Priscila Cachoeira def. Gina Mazany via second round (4:51) TKO (strikes)
Featherweight: Tucker Lutz def. Kevin Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27, and 29-28 x2)
Lightweight: Christos Giagos def. Sean Soriano via second round (3:59) submission (D’Arce choke)
(*) for the vacant UFC lightweight championship