From Charles Oliveira knocking out Michael Chandler to Beneil Dariush's dominant performance over Tony Ferguson, plus bonuses and Twitter reactions — this is your UFC 262 fight night roundup.
UFC 262 fight highlights: Charles Oliveira scores huge comeback TKO and more
Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler via TKO (Punches) (Rd. 2 0:19)
Charles Oliveira is the new UFC lightweight champion after knocking out Michael Chandler in the second round. After a competitive first round where both men threatened finishes, Chandler with a deep guillotine choke, and Oliveira with extended back control. At the start of the second, Oliveira caught Chandler with a short left hook to knock him down, and after a short follow-up, we had a new champion.
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Beniel Dariush blew Tony Ferguson out of the water and announced his arrival as a contender in the UFC's lightweight division. He used a relentless pressure approach to secure takedowns, and push for submission finishes for most of the fight. Notably, in the second round, he locked Ferguson in a heel hook, and Ferguson's knee looked like it popped. Good performance by Dariush, but a very poor one by Ferguson.
Post-fight, Dariush cut a fairly entertaining if nonsensical promo, which is worth checking out.
Rogerio Bontorin def. Matt Schnell via Unaniamous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Rogerio Bontorin made up for missing weight by putting on a good performance in defeating Matt Schnell. Schnell was competitive for most of the fight, but the majority of the heavy blows were scored by Bontorin, especially in the third round, which Bontorin dominated.
Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araujo via Unaniamous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
In a fairly dull fight, with a controversial decision, Katlyn Chookagian won all three scorecards against Viviane Araujo. If you've seen one Chookagian fight, you've seen them all.
Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos via TKO (Punches) (Rd. 3 1:16)
In the easy fight of the night, Edson Barboza, and Shane Burgos went to war and ended with one of the oddest knockouts you'll ever see. Barboza hit Burgos with a 1-2 combination, which Burgos seemed to shake off, only for him to lose his equilibrium, and essentially shut down. After brief, and unnecessary follow-up punches, the fight was called. If you missed this fight, you should go out of your way to check it out.
André Muniz def. Jacare Souza via Technical Submission (Triangle Armbar) (Rd 1. 3:59)
For the second month in a row, the UFC PPV featured a legend having his arm broken. In this case, it was Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, whose arm was trapped in a triangle armbar, and then snapped with a gruesome audible snap which the UFC broadcast conveniently played a few times, in case you missed it. Can't be overstated how great a win this is for Muniz. Not only beating Jacare, but submitting an absolute legend of the jiu-jitsu world launches him into relevancy in the UFC middleweight division.
***Content Warning For This Clip, it's gross***
Lando Vannata def. Mike Grundy via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 27-30)
In his debut in the featherweight division, Lando Vannata stuffed a multitude of takedowns from England's Grundy, and used various simmering kickboxing approaches to edge the decision. Slightly shaky judging with 30-27s on each side of the docket.
Our prelims continue with a featherweight clash --— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021
---- @GroovyLando and -------------- @MGWrestling make their way to the Octagon.
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Jordan Wright def. Jamie Pickett via TKO (Strikes) (Rd. 1 1:04)
"The Beverly Hills Ninja" Jordan Wright blew Jamie Pickett out of the water in just over a minute, capitalizing on lethal "Travis Browne elbows" to rock Pickett, and pour on the offence to get the finish.
Andrea Lee def. Antonina Shevchenko via Submission (Triangle Armbar) (Rd. 2 4:52)
Andrea Lee kicked off the ESPN portion of the card with a very impressive performance. After a back and forth first round, Lee caught Shevchenko in a triangle position, and despite struggling to finish it for most of the round, finally caught the younger Shevchenko sister in an armbar to get the finish.
Priscilla Cachoeira def. Gina Mazany via TKO (Punches) (Rd. 2 4:51)
Priscilla Cachoeira utilized a strong counter-punching approach to win her second fight in a row, and continue her comeback trail after dropping her first three UFC fights.
Tucker Lutz def. Kevin Aguilar via Unaniamous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Tucker Lutz ran out to an early lead, and then held on while tiring down the stretch to beat Kevin Aguilar in a fight where each guy had their moments, but nothing really of note went down.
Christos Giagos def. Sean Soriano via Technical Submission (Brabo Choke) (Rd. 2 0:59)
In the opening fight of the night, Christos Giagos welcomed Sean Soriano back to the UFC after an extended hiatus by putting him completely to sleep with a rare brabo choke. Early bonus contender in the first fight of the night.
UFC 262 Bonuses:
Fight of the Night fairly obviously went to the barn burner between Shane Burgos, and Edson Barboza, with each man picking up 75K. The Performance of the Night bonuses went to Charles Oliveira for his main event knockout, and to Christos Giagos who opened the card up with a rare Brabo Choke.
Per @danawhite— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) May 16, 2021
Gate: $4.11 million
Attendance: Just over 16,000
FOTN: Burgos vs. Barboza ($75k each)
POTN: Giagos and Oliveira ($75k each)
Pros React To Oliveira Becoming Champion
UFC champions past and present react to Oliveira's incredible come-from-behind TKO victory over Chandler at UFC 262.
Buckle up folks!! “I’m here for a good time, not for a long time!” - Michael Chandler#UFC262— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 16, 2021
The jiu-Jitsu guy did the wrestling and the wrestler did jiu Jitsu ---- @UFC— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) May 16, 2021
How awesome is this. Congrats to Charles Oliviera. What a fight, what a performance. What a champ!— michael (@bisping) May 16, 2021
It’s absolutely insane how quick things change in the @ufc @MikeChandlerMMA was cruising and :19 secs later @CharlesDoBronxs is the champion!!! What a fight! Congrats to the new king. ---- You got another champion!!! #ufc262— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) May 16, 2021
Wow gotta be happy for Olivera! What a career he has had. Been fighting on cards with him since @ringofcombat! Amazing to watch it— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) May 16, 2021
Pros React To Dariush Dominating Ferguson
UFC fighters share their thoughts as Dariush cruises to a decision win over Ferguson.
Tony is a wild man!!!— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) May 16, 2021
Pros React To Jacare's Broken Arm
Chris Weidman, appropriately, and others react in horror to Souza's broken arm at UFC 262.
Oh man. I can’t watch this. Feel terrible for Jacare— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) May 16, 2021
Jacare didn’t even flinch...-- Thats next level insane. #ufc262— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) May 16, 2021
So Jacare broke a different arm last time.— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) May 16, 2021
If you've never seen this match, Jacare lets Roger Gracie break his arm without submitting so he can still win the match on points. Just bonkers shit. https://t.co/zKc0pXkxI3
UFC 262 Post Fight Press Conference
Check out the full press conference after UFC 262 below.
Check below for live tweets highlighting the biggest press conference news stories.
Dana White is worried about Shane Burgos. He appeared fine but UFC sent him to the hospital. Hasn't heard from Jacare but expects him to be okay #UFC262— Fightful MMA (@FightfulMMA) May 16, 2021
Michael Chandler: "Hat's off to Charles for surviving that first round" #UFC262— Fightful MMA (@FightfulMMA) May 16, 2021
Beneil Dariush targets "fickle" fans who will crap on Tony Ferguson: "If you're a Tony fan, be a Tony fan for life" #UFC262— Fightful MMA (@FightfulMMA) May 16, 2021
Beneil Dariush on Ferguson: "I hope nothing happened to his knee" #UFC262— Fightful MMA (@FightfulMMA) May 16, 2021
Charles Oliveira says the Oliveira that quits is long gone #UFC262— Fightful MMA (@FightfulMMA) May 16, 2021
Charles Oliveira: "Conor is one of these guys who just talks: #UFC262— Fightful MMA (@FightfulMMA) May 16, 2021
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