The UFC has a new lightweight champion. For a second, it looked like it would be Michael Chandler. But then Charles Oliveira landed a picture-perfect left hook, and he claimed the title in the headliner of UFC 262.
Oliveira’s knockout of Chandler came after a dicey first round where he went to his back to save himself from a TKO victory after taking the ex-Bellator’s best shots. But in the first meaningful exchange of the second round, he landed the telling blow, followed up, and sealed the finish with more heavy shots just 19 seconds into the round.
In the co-headliner, Beneil Dariush silenced a pro Tony Ferguson crowd with a dominant display of grappling, handing the ex-interim champion another shutout loss.
Here’s what fighters had to say about UFC 262.
Wow— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 16, 2021
Holy fuck— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) May 16, 2021
Oh my goddess I love this— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) May 16, 2021
Oliviera is the champ !— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) May 16, 2021
UNREAL!!! So good you gotta get blood on Dana’s beautiful bald head! What a turn around on what looked like the end for Oliveira! #UFC262— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) 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
MMA is the most exciting sport in the world. Period. #UFC262— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) May 16, 2021
Congrats to Olivera on becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 16, 2021
Wonder who Twelve is...
Benny D hates Marxist Ideologies, and the Texans booed him! WTF— Funky (@Benaskren) May 16, 2021
Of course people we downplay Dariush’s ground control. So impressive to keep a guy like tony down for 13-14 minutes and also a real submission threat. Tip of the cap to a smart hard fought fight. Holding somebody down is HARD. People can’t seem to understand that.— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) May 16, 2021
The student that Tony slammed after that takedown right now …. pic.twitter.com/RMyIzZeALD— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 16, 2021
No mouthpiece no problem— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) May 16, 2021
How do you raise your hands when you get dominated #UFC262— John Wayne Makdessi (@JohnMakdessi) May 16, 2021
Texas judges back on their bullshit with some of these scores tonight. Guess they couldn't wait. #UFC262— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) May 16, 2021
She didn’t think about tapping. Nonsense— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) May 16, 2021
Wow that was a delayed ko— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) May 16, 2021
Glad he’s up that was crazy— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 16, 2021
That was crazy the delayed reaction. Close to Robbie vs Rory delayed reaction. #UFC262— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) May 16, 2021
His brain and body were in serious conflict!— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) May 16, 2021
God is involved bro!— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) May 16, 2021