The UFC 261 successfully put on a show for a sold-out crowd last April 24, and it might be just the same with the upcoming UFC 262 scheduled in mid-May. The main event headlining this pay-per-view is a match between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler with a vacant lightweight title at stake, waiting to be claimed.
UFC 262 guarantees to bring its fans all the action and more than what is anticipated to be a packed house at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. With a series of fights already lining up for the upcoming event, fans are only weeks away from getting the ultimate fight experience of the year. Check the fight card and odds for the UFC 262 here:
What You Can Expect at the UFC 262
Fanduel UFC News features UFC 262’s headlining match for the lightweight division title between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler. After his highly successful debut performance at the UFC 257, Chandler instantly achieved superstardom status overnight with his overwhelming knockout win against the no. 6-ranked lightweight opponent Dan Hooker.
The Iron quickly pounced on the given opportunity to call the division’s top dogs out. However, the impressive debut record that brought him great popularity was tainted by a title shot after being only a fight old in the organization.
Fans can also expect another lightweight bout that made it to the main card at the UFC 262: a match between Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush. Ferguson is coming with a two-fight losing trajectory that seems slightly out of the fighter’s element. Meanwhile, Dariush boasts his remarkable six-fight win streak.
Following Ferguson’s recent setback against Charles Oliveira, the no. 1 lightweight contender, he is looking forward to reclaiming his old winning streak. Another match to anticipate in the UFC 262’s final card is Nate Diaz’s comeback with a match against the British martial artist Leon Edwards. Listed below are the UFC 262 main card matches and betting odds:
⦁ Lightweight Championship: Michael Chandler (+105) vs. Charles Oliveira (-125)
⦁ Welterweight: Leon Edwards (-450) vs. Nate Diaz (+350)
⦁ Lightweight: Tony Ferguson (+125) vs. Beneil Dariush (-145)
⦁ Women’s Flyweight: Viviane Araujo (+125) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (-145)
⦁ Featherweight: Edson Barboza (+105) vs. Shane Burgos (-125)
UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler Odds and Prediction
Where to Watch: PPV, ESPN, ESPN+
Arena: Toyota Center
Location: Houston, Texas
Date and Time: May 15, 6 PM, ET
Do Bronx waited for several years to achieve his first-ever title shot in his 28th entrance to the octagon. By doing so, Oliveira’s eight-fight winning streak is put at stake. For Michael “Iron” Chandler, the fighter only needs one fight in the octagon to prove that he is worthy of a title shot. Below are the things you should know about the two competing fighters:
Oliveira holds a 30-8 record, with 27 wins resulting in a finish (19 submissions, eight knockouts), and seven of his eight losses are all stoppages (three submissions, four knockouts). Do Bronx is a well-rounded fighter with powerful strikes and elite-level submission skills.
His most recent performance shows the evolution of his wrestling game, taking down Tony Ferguson three times with much ease. In the octagon, Oliveira walks straight forward to his opponent, letting all of his strikes go as he attempts to land a shot.
After this, he will decide if he’ll fight standing or on the ground. He might not have enough footwork action, but Oliveira won’t hesitate to throw his most powerful strikes if one enters his range. His last three fights include Kevin Lee (win-submission), Tony Ferguson (win-unanimous decision), and Jared Gordon (win-knockout).
After Chandler debuted with Bellator, 23 of his 27 pro fights came in that organization where he once held the lightweight division title. Altogether, the Iron has a record of 22-5, 17 of his wins resulted in stoppages (seven submissions, ten knockouts), and three of his five losses resulted in a knockout.
Chandler is known among fans for his elite-level wrestling skills, but his heavy hands were to blame for landing in this title fight. He was once a Big 12 wrestler and was qualified for four years for the Div-1 NCAA tournament. In the octagon, Chandler has an aggressive ground and pound that brought him several knockout victories.
His striking skills represent a widely accepted approach in the UFC. What Chandler does is he pressures his contenders using his ferocious forward movement. He never throws the first punch, hoping this will force his opponent to throw-in instead.
This allows him to counter a strike heavily. But in rare cases, when he gets to throw first, Chandler tends to storm in, landing big hooks. Chandler’s most recent fights include Dan Hooker (win-knockout), Ben Henderson (win-knockout), and Sidney Outlaw (win-knockout).
There is a lot to anticipate in the upcoming UFC 262. Fans couldn’t wait for May 15; that is why from this point on, several odds and predictions have been circulating across UFC news outlets. The information provided above is a great reference to use when placing bets.