Dana White, according to Mike Perry, was ecstatic to see Charles Oliveira defeat Michael Chandler in the main event of UFC 262. Since Oliveira is a UFC veteran, ‘Platinum’ believes he has always had White’s vote to beat Chandler, a former Bellator champion.
In the second round of their thrilling lightweight match, Oliveira knocked Chandler out. After finishing the first round on a high note, it was clear that the former Bellator superstar had the upper hand.
Oliveira, on the other hand, stunned Chandler with a vicious left hook that sent him to the canvas early in the second frame.
Chandler and Oliveira were fighting for the vacant UFC lightweight championship, which Khabib Nurmagomedov relinquished earlier this year in March. They were ranked third and fourth in the lightweight divisions prior to the fight.
Though Chandler was coming off a spectacular promotional debut against Dan Hooker at UFC 257, Oliveira was coming off an eight-fight winning streak.
His previous UFC fight was against Tony Ferguson in December of last year, where he defeated ‘El Cucuy’ in a clinical manner. Oliveira’s latest victory over Chandler brings his winning streak to nine.
Oliveira shatters Cerrone’s UFC record
Oliveira’s knockout of Michael Chandler was his 17th in the UFC. The previous record-holder was Donald Cerrone, who was defeated last week at UFC Vegas 26 by Alex Morono.
14 of those 17 finishes have come by submission, making him the most decorated grappler in UFC history. Oliveira is expected to face the upcoming UFC 264 fight winner between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
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