UFC 262 results, highlights: Charles Oliveira rallies to stop Michael Chandler and claim lightweight title
Oliveira was rocked and bloodied in Round 1, but survived to stop Chandler and claim the lightweight title in Round 2
Round 1 of the UFC 262 main event between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight championship ended with the feeling that Chandler was in full control and Oliveira couldn't hang on the feet. Just moments after the start of the second round, Oliveira flipped the script and finished Chandler with strikes after landing a huge left hook.
With the wild comeback win, Oliveira is now the UFC lightweight champion of the world, earning the honor to step into the spotlight after Khabib Nurmagomedov's decision to retire from the sport this past October.
Oliveira took the early momentum, managing to react to getting hit with a left hand by taking the fight to the ground. Chandler made the mistake of giving up his back after nearly locking in a guillotine choke. Chandler tried to slam himself backward to get out of the position, but Oliveira managed to hold on.
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Chandler eventually exploded out of the position to get back to his feet and badly hurt Oliveira with a left hand. Chandler flurried with more punches before deciding to remain on the ground with Oliveira, trying to work ground and pound but also allowing Oliveira to survive the round.
While it looked like Oliveira was all but finished after the first round, he won the first exchange of the second round, blasting Chandler with a left hook that immediately wobbled him. Oliveira never took his foot off the gas, unleashing a flurry of clean punches that forced the stoppage just 19 seconds into Round 2.
The win came in Oliveira's first shot at the title after more than a decade fighting in the UFC. Despite being the UFC's all-time leader in submission victories, Oliveira had vowed to knock out Chandler and he made good on his word.
"I told you I was going to knock him out and I came and knocked him out," Oliveira said after his victory. "I'm proving to everybody I'm the lion of lions. Michael, you're a great champion, but today was my day."
Chandler, a three-time Bellator lightweight champion who was fighting in the UFC for only the second time in his career, complimented Oliveira after the fight, vowing to eventually earn another opportunity to fight the new champion.
"I think we saw one of the toughest dudes on the planet come back from adversity," Chandler said. "Charles Oliveira showed how he's a consummate professional. He showed up for the past 10 or 11 years in the UFC Octagon. We'll get this one back. We're going to run this one back eventually."
Elsewhere on the card, Beneil Dariush handled Tony Ferguson with relative ease to get the decision over the former interim champion. Dariush locked in a heel hook in Round 2 that caused Ferguson's to visibly wince in pain, but he refused to tap. Dariush said after the fight that he heard a pop, but Ferguson continued to fight. He couldn't put any weight on the leg the rest of the fight and Dariush coasted to his seventh straight win in the lightweight division.
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UFC 262 card and results
- Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler via second-round TKO (punches)
- Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Matt Schnell def. Rogerio Bontorin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos via third-round knockout (punch)
- Andre Muniz def. Ronaldo Souza via first-round submission (armbar)
- Lando Vannata def. Mike Grundy via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
- Jordan Wright def. Jamie Pickett via first-round TKO (punches, elbows)
- Andrea Lee def. Antonina Shevchenko via second-round submission (armbar)
- Priscila Cachoeira def. Gina Mazany via second-round TKO (punches)
- Tucker Lutz def. Kevin Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Christos Giagos def. Sean Soriano via second-round submission (D'Arce choke)
Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira -- Round 2: Oliveira dropped Chandler early with a abig right and he followed up with big shots and Chandler was done! What a turnaround for Oliveira! Official result: Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler via knockout, Round 2
Chandler connected with some big elbows from inside Oliveira's guard. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Chandler
Chandler landed a big left and Oliveira was hurt, shooting for a desperation takedown, but Chandler poured on huge punches that had Oliveira badly rocked.
Chandler managed to spin out of back control and get back to his feet. Chandler then chose to try to get off some ground and pound, playing in Oliveira's world momentarily.
Oliveira was cut by the left hook earlier but dropped an elbow to Chandler's face from the back.
Chandler stood up with Oliveira on his back and tried to jump backward for a slam but just found himself deeper in Oliveira's body triangle.
Oliveira responded to the hook with a takedown and was nearly caught in a guillotine choke. In an attempt to get up, Chandler gave up his back and Oliveira got his hooks in.
Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira -- Round 1: Oliveira briefly dropped Chandler with a leg kick and Chandler came back trying to work his jab and rowk to the body, missing a big left hook but landing one moments later.
Both fighters are in the Octagon, fighter introductions are happening and the lightweight title fight is just moments away!
There was a time where we thought we'd never see Michael Chandler inside a UFC Octagon as the prized fighter for Bellator MMA. Now, he's one win away from laying claim to a second promotional title in his career.
We are now moving along to the main event. Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira. One man will leave as the new UFC lightweight champion, taking over the division after the title was vacated when Khabib Nurmagomedov decided to retire from the sport.
Official result: Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ferguson tried to threaten with a choke and Dariush pushed through into dominant position once again. A dominant performance for Dariush and this may be the moment where it has to fully be accepted that Ferguson is fully done as a high-level fighter. Unofficial score: 10-9 Dariush (30-27 Dariush)
Dariush continued to ride Ferguson in north-south position, keeping Ferguson on the defensive. Ferguson held on to Dariush around the waist but there was simply no offensive openings as Dariush continued dominating the positional game.
Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush -- Round 3: Ferguson appeared to be having trouble with his leg from the heel hook the round prior. Dariush scored another takedown, slamming Ferguson to avoid a guillotine.
Dariush continued with the smothering attack from the top, just giving Ferguson no space with which to work any offense. Unofficial score: 10-9 Dariush (20-18)
Dariush managed to move to half guard and Ferguson got up before landing on top in a scramble. Dariush immediately went to a leg lock and put Ferguson in a heel hook. Ferguson refused to tap and kicked Dariush's arms to break the hold.
Dariush again threw a flurry of punches from the top, through Ferguson blocked or moved out of the way of most of the incoming strikes.
Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush -- Round 2: Dariush landed an early leg kick and a body kick before Dariush scored a takedown, but Ferguson locked up a d'arce choke. Dariush stayed calm until he was able to free his head to escape the choke.
Ferguson gave up on the triangle attempt and locked up full guard as Dariush tried to flurry with heavy ground and pound before passing to half guard. Ferguson kept moving and making Dariush adjust to keep him from getting off with much offense. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Dariush
Dariush used a few punches to get inside and score an early takedown. Ferguson landed an upkick and then tried to start setting up a triangle choke.
Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush -- Round 1: Dariush threw and landed an early right hand as Ferguson dipped around and used his trademark awkward offense. Dariush hit a good leg kick and Ferguson landed a body kick but Dariush landed a good left hand and a pair of leg kicks.
Some big fight feels here for Ferguson vs. Dariush. Ferguson has legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach in his corner and the majority support of this Houston crowd.