Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler go head-to-head for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 262 on Saturday: Everything to know ahead of a huge night of action in the octagon
- Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler square off on Saturday night in Texas
- The pair will be battling it out for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 262
- It became available following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s official retirement
- Oliveira is the marginal favourite among the bookies in what is an even contest
Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will go to war when they meet on Saturday night in their eagerly-anticipated title fight at UFC 262.
Headlining a jam-packed card, the pair will fight for the vacant lightweight title, which was made available following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s official retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje.
Despite Khabib’s absence, the lightweight division is still thriving, with Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier set to complete a trilogy bout in July 10 in Las Vegas.
But it’s the action on Saturday night that now takes centre stage, with Oliveira looking to extend his eight-fight winning run, having last defeated Tony Ferguson – who fights on the undercard – via unanimous decision last year.
The Brazilian comes up against former three-time Bellator lightweight champion Chandler, who defeated Dan Hooker in a stunning first-round TKO in his UFC debut in January.
With the intriguing clash swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Charles Oliveira gets his shot at the lightweight strap after eight successive UFC victories
American Michael Chandler is looking to claim the lightweight title in just his second UFC fight
The fight between Oliveira and Chandler is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
For fans in the United Kingdom, the main card action won’t get underway until around 3am on Sunday, with the main event expected for around 4.30am, depending on the outcome of the prior fights.
Fight fans won’t have to stay up too late to catch the first glance of action, however, with the early preliminaries getting underway at 11pm, before the preliminaries get underway at around 1am.
There are also a number of intriguing match-ups on the undercard, with Tony Ferguson and Viviane Araujo in action.
After a whopping 73,000 fans crammed into the AT&T stadium in Texas last weekend to witness Canelo Alvarez emphatically stop Billy Joe Saunders, we once again will see another combat event with a full-capacity crowd in the 19,000-seat arena.
How to watch Oliveira vs Chandler
In what will come as music to the ears of fight fans in the United Kingdom, the clash between Oliveira and Chandler is not a pay-per-view event.
The action will be shown live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting at 1am.
Existing customers able to watch the fights either on television or by streaming it on the BT app or website, while non-subscribers can also watch it by purchasing a monthly pass for £25 with no contract involved.
Additionally, EE customers can watch the event FOR FREE by including BT Sport to their existing deal at no additional cost.
To do so, you’ll have to log in to EE and select the BT Sport app, which can also be shown on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150, after which a three-month trial will start.
Meanwhile, those in the United States can watch the action on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass, the latter of which will also be showing the early prelims.
Oliveira vs Chandler: The records
Oliveira earned an impressive unanimous decision win over Tony Ferguson last December
Chandler stopped Dan Hooker in the first round in his previous fight in January of this year
Height: 5ft 10in
Total fights: 39
Record: 30W, 8L, 0D (1 no contest)
Height: 5ft 8in
Total fights: 27
Record: 22W, 5L, 0D (inc. Bellator)
- Carles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler (UFC lightweight title)
- Tony Ferguson vs Beneil Dariush
- Katlyn Chookagian vs Viviane Araujo
- Shane Burgos vs Edson Barboza
- Matt Schnell vs Rogerio Bontorin
- Ronaldo Souza vs Andre Muniz
- Lando Vannata vs Mike Grundy
- Andrea Lee vs Antonina Shevchenko
- Jordan Wright vs Jamie Pickett
- Gina Mazany vs Priscila Cachoeira
- Kevin Aguilar vs Tucker Lutz
- Christos Giagos vs Sean Soriano
What has been said?
Oliveira and Chandler squared off at the final UFC 262 press conference earlier in the week
Speaking at the pre-fight press conference, Chandler admitted he is coming into the most dangerous fight of his career, though insisting he will come out victorious.
He said: ‘I think you’ve got to put him up there as probably the most dangerous opponent.
‘Not just that though, I don’t look at the skills Charles brings to the table, I don’t look at the record, I don’t look at the submissions.
‘I look at the fact that he’s had some loss streaks, I look at the fact that he’s been in the UFC almost as long as I’ve been fighting.
‘Charles is the most dangerous guy I will have faced in terms of grappling competition, however I have faced some very dangerous black belts.
‘My style is more, pressure, position, damage. My wrestling is more of an anti jiu-jitsu than actual wrestling offence style.
‘You’re going to feel my presence, my pressure and my power. I think I’m going to thwart every attack, make him second guess himself in every single exchange and I’ll be getting my hand raised on Saturday night.’
Meanwhile, Oliveira, who insisted he never gave up hope on gaining a championship fight, came out with some fighting talk of his own at the press conference.
‘Michael is a super tough guy,’ he said. ‘He deserves all the respect in the world.
‘He was a champion in Bellator and has a great history. He hits hard on the feet, and he’s got wrestling, so for sure he’s coming in ready for the fight.
‘But like I said, I also enter 100 percent ready to fight and go to war.’
In what is set to be an evenly contested affair, it’s Oliveira who comes into the bout as the marginal favourite among the bookies.
The Brazilian is favoured at 8/11 to come out victorious, while Chandler is the 11/10 underdog.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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