UFC 262 was the dawn of a new era in the lightweight division.
For the first time in the last few years, it was not Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, or even Tony Ferguson in the title mix. Instead, former Bellator champ Michael Chandler was up against Charles Oliveira, to lay claim to Khabib’s vacant title.
The path the pair had taken to Saturday’s title fight could not have been more different. Chandler was in just his second UFC fight, after signing on as one of the UFC’s biggest free agent pickups in years. Oliveira, meanwhile, was in his 28th fight inside the octagon — the longest path to a title shot for any fighter in the promotion.
And since Tony Ferguson is never really too far from the title, “El Cucuy” featured in the evening’s co-main event. Ferguson, on a two-fight skid for the first time in his career, went up against the surging Beneil Dariush. Ever so quietly, Dariush had put together a six fight win streak over the past few years.
Following Saturday’s PPV card, tune in for the UFC 262 post-fight press conference. A live stream of all the proceeding can be viewed above. For full results from the event, check out our UFC 262 coverage.