Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will headline UFC 262 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on May 16 with the vacant lightweight title up for grabs.
Charles Oliveira v Michael Chandler UFC 262 Predictions & Tips
Brazilian Charles Oliveira has the opportunity to win his first UFC title on May 16 when he trades blows with American Michael Chandler with the vacant lightweight title on the line.
Oliveira has been fighting in the UFC for 11 years and this is his first shot at UFC gold, while some people will feel that Chandler is very lucky to be handed that chance considering he has only ever had one fight in the UFC.
The Brazilian is an Octagon veteran, he has won his last eight bouts. His last defeat was back in 2017 when he was defeated by TKO by Paul Felder, while he won a points decision victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 256 last December.
Chandler made his name in Bellator and is a three-time Bellator lightweight world champion. He made his UFC debut in January when he recorded a round one TKOP victory over Dan Hooker.
To get a round one success over someone like Hooker is quite impressive as he took his professional fighting record 10 22 wins from 27 fights, but to step up and face Oliveira is a massive ask and I don’t just think he is ready for this type of fight.
It will be an emotional night if Oliveira manages to capture the gold, and I am backing the tears to flow when he submits Chandler inside three rounds.
Oliveira has won 19 of his 30 wins by way of submission, and I am backing him to make it 20. I am not saying that Chandler will not become a UFC champion, I just cannot see it happening in Texas on May 15.
Charles Oliveira v Michael Chandler: Fighter’s Predictions
Michael Chandler: “From the first couple exchanges, don’t let him set the pace, get in his face and quite frankly, I love when a guy comes at me because it puts me in range to land big shots, to land takedowns, get submissions, and do what I need to do because the guy gets overzealous. I’m just as dangerous in all the positions as Charles Oliveira is. It’s not a knock on him. He’s a fast starter. He does tend to fade every now and then, so the good thing is I can keep a good pace for 25 minutes, and that’s the plan: Hope for him to break, hope for him to tuck his tail between his legs, hope for him to give up, but always be prepared for us to see the toughest 25 minutes that Charles Oliveira has ever put together. The stakes are higher. It’s a championship fight. This is a young kid who had a glimmer in his eye 20 years ago from Brazil who thought, ‘Hey, maybe I want to be a UFC champion some day.’ Now he gets his opportunity. It just so happens he’s going to run into a buzzsaw.”