Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler have both reacted to the news that they will be fighting for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 262 — this and much more on Friday's social media roundup.
Charles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler officially booked for UFC 262
After news broke on Thursday night that Khabib Nurmagomedov has officially retired from MMA and will relinquish his UFC lightweight title, it was also made official that Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will now fight for the vacant belt at UFC 262 in May.
Oliveira is finally awarded a much-deserved title shot after getting a dominant win over Tony Ferguson back at UFC 256 which extended his winning streak to eight fights in a row.
For Chandler, the story is very different. Chandler has only had one fight in the UFC and has already been awarded a title shot. Chandler announced his arrival to the UFC at UFC 257 where he scored an extremely impressive knockout win over Dan Hooker.
Both Oliveira and Chandler have taken to social media to react to the news that they will both be receiving title shots next.
See you at the top! #ufc262— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) March 19, 2021
Chandler reacted with his trademark saying "see you at the top".
Let’s go! #ufc262— Charles Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) March 19, 2021
Then Oliveira reacted by saying "let's go!"
How do you think the fight between Oliveira and Chandler will go down?
Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling exchange words on social media yet again
Since the fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling came to a conclusion at UFC 259, the two have been going back and forth and it is clear that the rematch will definitely happen.
Yan and Sterling have again gone after each other on social media.
Just be grateful cowardly bitch https://t.co/LQODfh6AK8— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) March 17, 2021
Gregor Gillespie talks about his loss to Kevin Lee
Check out this clip of Gregor Gillespie talking very candidly about his loss to Kevin Lee.
Kevin Holland's awesome trash talk
Kevin Holland returns to the Octagon this upcoming weekend against UFC veteran Derek Brunson, if you are not aware of what Holland is like during his fights, check out this very entertaining clip.
Khabib Nurmagomedov officially retires
After months of trying to convince Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight one more time, UFC president Dana White has finally conceded defeat to Nurmagomedov as he officially announced his retirement.
Check out the post which White put on Twitter thanking Nurmagomedov for his years in the UFC.
In the tweet, White said, "It was incredible to watch you work @TeamKhabib thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend".
The UFC's official Twitter account then posted this touching video of Khabib and his father Abdulmanap who sadly passed away in 2020.
A father's son. A journey completed. pic.twitter.com/YEzNzy1vzh— UFC (@ufc) March 19, 2021
Chael Sonnen also has a past with Hans Molenkamp...
When Dominick Cruz defeated Casey Kenney at UFC 259, in his post-fight interview he called out Monster Energy's Hans Molenkamp. After Cruz did this, many other fighters came out and talked about their negative experiences with Molenkamp.
Since then, an image has surfaced of the "American Gangster" Chael Sonnen riding on the back of Molenkamp's motorcycle, something which Molenkamp probably wanted Sonnen to do.
Hans made Chael do this shit too Lmao pic.twitter.com/EY0HUjllCA— Pissed Off Twood (@pissedofftwood) March 19, 2021
Old school Michael Chiesa
Check out this old-school picture of UFC welterweight contender Michael Chiesa.
"I can't let you get close"
Ahead of the UFC's return to events with a full capacity, it has left fans weary of attending the event with only half of the vaccine in their system.
The scenes in the crowd may look a little like the situation between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva looked many years ago where Sonnen produced one of the most hilarious lines ever of "I can't let you get close" whilst in a fight with Silva.
me at ufc 261 with half the vaccine on board pic.twitter.com/dCXQ9QChiL— Hektic_One (@hektic_one) March 17, 2021
Alexander Volkanovski back in Vegas
UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has landed in Vegas ahead of his next title defence against Brian Ortega at UFC 260.
Khamzat Chimaev now walks around with a UFC belt
UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev has started walking around with a UFC belt even though he is yet to score a win over a ranked opponent in the UFC.
Chimaev is 3-0 in the UFC with 2 of those fighters being cut from the promotion since and he’s going around with a belt -- pic.twitter.com/hL9B2wnKDN— MMA Eejit ---- (@MMAEejit) March 18, 2021