The UFC Lightweight Division has had some of the sport’s elite fighters as champion and while Khabib Nurmagomedov retired with his 29-0 record intact, the show must go on. What better way to crown a new champion then by having UFC 262 under the roof of a jam-packed arena in Houston Texas?
Michael Chandler had a massive debut at UFC 257 with his knockout victory against Dan Hooker, the man that many thought would spoil Chandler’s first fight under contract with the UFC. Michael Chandler’s career has led him to a shot at UFC gold, after years of being at the top and in the discussion as one of the greats in the lightweight division that wasn’t in the UFC.
Charles Oliveira paved his way to UFC gold the hard way, gaining records along the way. After his dominant performance over Tony Ferguson, there was no more denying that Oliveira is ready for a shot at a championship within the UFC. In his 28th fight inside the octagon, “Do Bronx” had finally arrived.
After a back-and-forth first round, Oliveira came out in the second with power of his own, rocking Michael Chandler with a left hook which dropped him and got Oliveira the finish early in the frame. With that, the UFC finally had a new lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira!
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Check out the pros’ reactions to Charles Oliveira becoming the new UFC Lightweight Champion at UFC 262.
Congrats to Olivera on becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion.
Wonder who Twelve is…
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 16, 2021
— Patricio Pitbull (@PatricioPitbull) May 16, 2021
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) May 16, 2021
How awesome is this. Congrats to Charles Oliviera. What a fight, what a performance. What a champ!
— michael (@bisping) May 16, 2021
Things can change so fast in MMA ! Phewww #UFC262
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) May 16, 2021
UNREAL!!! So good you gotta get blood on Dana’s beautiful bald head! What a turn around on what looked like the end for Oliveira! #UFC262
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 16, 2021
— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) May 16, 2021
It’s absolutely insane how quick things change in the @ufc @MikeChandlerMMA was cruising and :19 secs later @CharlesDoBronxs is the champion!!! What a fight! Congrats to the new king. 🇧🇷 You got another champion!!! #ufc262
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 16, 2021
Ohhh my gosh that was insane so fast wow #UFC262
— Mallory Martin (@MalloryyMartin) May 16, 2021
Ole Charlie olives gets it done 🫒 wild fight #UFC262
— Billy Q (@BillyQMMA) May 16, 2021
Oh my goddess I love this
— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) May 16, 2021
Great job Champion! @CharlesDoBronxs
— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) May 16, 2021
Wow gotta be happy for Olivera! What a career he has had. Been fighting on cards with him since @ringofcombat! Amazing to watch it
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) May 16, 2021
Oliviera is the champ !
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) May 16, 2021
MMA is the most exciting sport in the world. Period. #UFC262
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) May 16, 2021
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) May 16, 2021
Incredible heart by @CharlesDoBronxs
— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) May 16, 2021
— Jairzinho 'BIGI BOY' Rozenstruik (@JairRozenstruik) May 16, 2021
What a comeback and what a journey to get to the belt for Charles Oliveira! That was amazing. And Chandler is a monster as well as classy in defeat. Great event. #UFC262
— Tanner Boser (@BulldozerBoser) May 16, 2021