Khabib Nurmagomedov’s recent retirement left the UFC lightweight title vacant. That vacancy will be filled Saturday night at UFC 262 when Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler meet in Houston’s Toyota Center to determine the new king of the 155-pound division.
Oliveira is one of the longest-tenured UFC fighters, the Brazilian having spent over a decade with the promotion. Chandler signed with the UFC just eight months ago. It took 27 fights for Oliveira to get his first opportunity at UFC gold while Chandler, the former Bellator champion, needed only one fight to prove himself worthy for a seat at the table.
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Oliveira enters the fight riding an eight-fight winning streak. He recently dispatched former interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in dominant fashion at UFC 256. He finished seven of those last eight opponents inside the distance. Chandler made his promotional debut at UFC 257 and knocked out Dan Hooker in the first round.
With Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje all having had their opportunity at the championship, the UFC decided that two fresh faces would enter the title picture, with one leaving with gold around his waist Saturday.
Sporting News will provide live updates of the lightweight championship fight and the main card.
UFC 262 live updates, highlights from Oliveira vs. Chandler
10:44 p.m.: Up next is a women’s flyweight bout between Viviane Araujo and Katlyn Chookagian. Araujo is looking to climb the ladder while Chookagian is aiming to push back against anyone aiming to make a move into title contention.
Edson Barboza finishes Shane Burgos in the third round
10:33 p.m.: It turns out that we didn’t need the judges after all. Edson Barboza snuck in a right hand that Burgos seemed to take well. But, all of a sudden, Burgos’ body short-circuited after about 5 seconds for the extraordinary finish for an exceptional fight. Barboza absolutely needed the victory tonight and could still be a major player in the featherweight division.
10:30 p.m.: After two rounds, Barboza and Burgos is giving us everything we asked for and more. Barboza has been extremely sharp with leg kicks and combinations but Burgos is like a tank that continues to press forward and fire off heavy shots. Burgos is likely down heading into the final round but anything can happen with the way they have been throwing strikes.
10:10 p.m.: We’re live with a featherweight throwdown between human kicking highlight reel Edson Barboza facing Shane Burgos in a fight that few expect anything less than fireworks.
9:41 p.m.: We’re into the final prelim before the UFC 262 pay per view as Jacare Souza is facing Andre Muniz. Muniz suggested that he’s a better grappler than the world-class Jacare. It seemed to upset Souza but, surprisingly, Muniz managed to snare an arm and broke Jacare’s arm with a first-round submission. Unbelievable. In a career that has spanned nearly 18 years, Souza had never been submitted. However, Muniz pounced on Jacare’s back midway through the first round and rolled into an armbar that grotesquely broke the arm and forced the submission.
Five out of seven prelim fights ended inside of the distance. Is this a sign of things to come?
Oliveira vs. Chandler start time
- Date: Saturday, May 15
- Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
- Main card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET
- Main event: 12:15 a.m. ET
UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler takes place Saturday, with the early prelims at 6:30 p.m. ET and the pay-per-view main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Oliveira and Chandler should enter the Octagon around 12:15 a.m. ET, depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
How to watch UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler
- TV channels/live stream: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
The main card for UFC 262 is available in the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view cost. That portion of the event begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Earlier fights are viewable live on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 262 fight card
- Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler for the vacant UFC lightweight title
- Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush; lightweights
- Matt Schnell vs. Rogério Bontorin; bantamweights
- Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araújo; women’s flyweights
- Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos via 3rd round TKO (1:16)
- Andre Muniz def. Ronaldo Souza via 1st round submission (3:59)
- Lando Vannata def. Mike Grundy via split decision (29-28, 30-27 & 27-30)
- Andrea Lee def. Antonina Shevchenko via 2nd round submission (4:52)
- Jordan Wright def. Jamie Pickett via 1st round TKO (1:04)
- Priscila Cachoeira def. Gina Mazany via 2nd round TKO (4:51)
- Tucker Lutz def. Kevin Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Christos Giagos def. Sean Soriano via 2nd round submission (:59)