The vacant lightweight title is on the line in the main event of UFC 262 and Cageside Press has its picks set.
|Ryan Fortune (55-29)|
|Justin Gibbons (54-30)|
|Alex Behunin (41-24)|
|Dan Doherty (50-34)|
|Doug Murray (46-33)|
|Josh Evanoff (35-26)|
|Gabriel Gonzalez (45-39)|
|Joe McDonagh (39-37)|
|Dylan Bowker (38-37)|
|Jay Anderson (38-42)|
The main event of UFC 262 pits UFC veteran Charles Oliveira against relative newcomer Michael Chandler with the lightweight title on the line. Oliveira is on an eight-fight win streak with seven stoppages and the lone decision being a dominant five-round performance against Tony Ferguson. Chandler recently made his promotional debut, knocking out Dan Hooker in one round, giving the former Bellator champion a quick title shot. Chandler was picked by seven of 10 writers.
The co-main event features the red hot Beneil Dariush against the formerly red hot Tony Ferguson. Dariush is on the best run of his career, defeating his last six opponents and stopping four of them, including Carlos Diego Ferreira. Ferguson had his 12-fight win streak come to an end against Justin Gaethje in a title fight, then fell to Charles Oliveira last time out. Ferguson was slightly favored receiving six of 10 picks.
Flyweights Katlyn Chookagian and Viviane Araujo face off on the main card. Chookagian has won two of her last three, defeating Cynthia Calvillo last time out. Araujo is 4-1 in the Octagon, winning two fights since her loss to Jessica Eye. All but one writer picked Chookagian.
Fiery lightweights Edson Barboza and Shane Burgos will battle. Burgos will be looking to rebound from a loss to Josh Emmett that stopped a three-fight win streak. Barboza snapped a three-fight losing streak with a win over Makwan Amirkhani in his last fight. Cageside Press was split at five picks apiece.
Opening up the UFC 262 main card is a flyweight match between Matt Schnell and Rogerio Bontorin. Schnell has won five of his last six, getting back in the win column by defeating Tyson Nam. Bontorin is looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. Schnell was unanimously picked.