The fight is to determine the next undisputed UFC lightweight champion, a title that went up for grabs when Khabib Nurmagomedov made official his retirement from the sport, and former interim champ Dustin Poirier passed on a vacant belt, prompting the UFC to award Oliveira and Chandler the opportunity.
Oliveira has more than earned his chance to vie for gold. The Brazilian has won eight straight fights and finished eight of his opponents, going to the scorecards only in his previous appearance, a fight with ex-interim champ Tony Ferguson that ended in a lopsided decision win.
Chandler’s position comes mostly from his work in Bellator, where he was a three-time champion, and a high-profile first-round knockout of Dan Hooker in his octagon debut at UFC 257. Chandler’s previous wins have all come by way of first-round knockout.
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