The UFC will be back in Texas for the first time since the pandemic started as the city of Houston plays host to UFC 262, which includes two lightweight bouts in the main and co-main event.
Ranked No. 3 and No. 4 respectively in the weight class, the two veteran fighters will square off in a title match to fill the vacant spot left by Khabib Numagomedov’s March retirement. The winner of the bout will likely defend the title this calendar year against the winner of the class’ top-ranked Dustin Poirier or current No. 6 Conor McGregor fight at UFC 264 this July. Second-ranked Justin Gaethje already had a recent crack at the title last November against Numagomedov.
Entering the Octagon in Houston on Saturday, Oliveira (30-8-0) is riding an eight-fight win streak, with his last loss back in 2017. In that stretch, five of his victories came via submission, of which four came before the third round. His last two bouts have gone into the third round, including a win by decision over Tony Ferguson last December.
UFC 262 Streaming Information
Saturday, May 15
Main card begins at 9:00 p.m. CST
Toyota Center, Houston, TX
How to watch: PPV on ESPN+
Live Streaming: FightPass (Worldwide)
Oliveira enters the match with an eight-fight win streak, including seven successful finishes by submission and knockout. Oliveira holds UFC’s all-time record for most submission wins with 14. Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler made his UFC debut in January with a first-round knockout win over Dan Hooker.
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Here’s the fight card for UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler
Early Prelims — 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass
- Christos Giagos versus Sean Soriano [Lightweight]
- Kevin Aguilar versus Tucker Lutz [Featherweight]
- Gina Mazany versus Priscila Cachoeira [Women’s flyweight]
Prelims — 8 p.m. ET
- Jordan Wright versus Jamie Pickett [Middleweight]
- Andrea Lee versus Antonina Shevchenko [Women’s Flyweight]
- Lando Vannata versus Mike Grundy [Featherweight]
- Jacare Souza versus Andre Muniz [Middleweight]
Main Card — 10 p.m. ET
- Matt Schnell versus Rogerio Bontorin [Bantamweight]
- Shane Burgos versus Edson Barboza [Featherweight]
- Katlyn Chookagian versus Viviane Araujo [Women’s flyweight]
- Tony Ferguson versus Beneil Dariush [Lightweight]
- Charles Oliveira versus Michael Chandler [Lightweight title]
UFC 262 Preview
In the headliner, the lightweight throne is up for grabs as the number three and four-ranked fighters, Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (30-8) faces off against “Iron” Michael Chandler (22-5). Chandler is getting this title shot in just his second UFC fight, but after he knocked out top 10-ranked Dan Hooker in the first round of his debut, Chandler shot up the rankings list.
It should be noted that neither of the top two ranked lightweights are in contention for the vacant belt left by Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dustin Poirier has opted for a third fight against Conor McGregor, and Justin Gaethje lost to Khabib before he chose to retire.
As noted by All Access MMA, Oliveira is on an eight-fight win streak, including his impressive, dominating win over Tony Ferguson, who is in the co-main. “Do Bronx” is a talented grappler, while Chandler is likely the more talented striker of the two.
Ferguson, nicknamed “El Cucuy” is number five in the lightweight division after a tough 2020, which included a TKO loss to Gaethje and a decision loss to Oliveira. Before that, Ferguson had not lost a single fight since his 2012 matchup with Michael Johnson.
Ferguson is known for his cardio and his pressure. Along with his ability to strike, he has strong submissions, especially his darce choke.
He’ll take on the ninth-ranked Beneil Dariush (20-4-1), who has been on an impressive run, picking up six consecutive wins since his 2018 loss to Alexander Hernandez.
Rounding out the main card are women’s flyweights Katlyn Chookagian, who will be facing off against Viviane Araujo. In a match that could steal the show, featherweights Shane Burgos and Edson Barboza will clash, and bantamweight Matt Schnell will be back in action against Rogerio Bantorin.
While the five-fight main card is sure to entertain, the prelims will give you plenty of reason to tune in early.
Brazilians Jacare Souza and Andre Muniz are sure to produce an action-packed fight, and you can also catch Lando Vannata against Mike Grundy, Antonina Shevchenko vs. Andrea Lee and Jordan Wright taking on Jamie Pickett in a middleweight bought.