UFC 262 takeaways - Who's next for new champion Charles Oliveira? Can Tony Ferguson rebound?

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Who won the fight between Oliveira?

It took 28 fights, and several twists and turns, but Charles Oliveira is now a UFC world champion after stopping Michael Chandler in the second round of their UFC 262 main event in Houston's Toyota Center to win the lightweight title vacated by the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipUFC 262: Oliveira vs Chandler Results, Winner Interviews, Fight Highlights and More

What channel is the UFC on tonight?

The main card of UFC 262 will air exclusively on ESPN+, with early prelims kicking off the show on UFC Fight Pass, moving to ESPN for the prelims. As with all UFC PPVs and ESPN, the show will air exclusively on ESPN+ at a PPV cost. Sporting NewsWhat channel is UFC 262 on tonight? How to watch, buy Oliveira vs. Chandler on pay-per-view

Charles Oliveira did the unexpected Saturday as the Brazilian submission artist knocked out Michael Chandler in the second round of the UFC 262 main event. After an action-packed first round that featured both top lightweights holding their own, Oliveira opened up the second with a massive flurry of punches and became the UFC lightweight champion.

Before Oliveira's win, Beneil Dariush shut down Tony Ferguson in the co-main event. Now that he has defeated the biggest name on his resume, will Dariush be part of the lightweight title conversation, or is there simply too much of a logjam at the top? As for Ferguson, where does he go from here? The former lightweight title contender has now lost his past three fights, and his path to another title shot seems incredibly challenging. Is there a right booking that makes sense?

Brett Okamoto, Marc Raimondi, Phil Murphy and Jeff Wagenheim react to the night.

Who's next for Charles Oliveira: Winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor on July 10

It was always going to look like this. Once Poirier picked the McGregor trilogy over a UFC title fight, the winners of these two fights were on a collision course. You've got Oliveira now, with a very legitimate claim as the best lightweight in the world. And you've got Poirier and McGregor, two other top lightweights, who also happen to be the biggest names at 155.

Especially with the way Oliveira won on Saturday, my goodness. There will be heat behind either one of these matchups. Substantial heat.

Wild card: Justin Gaethje

If Poirier and McGregor goes down in a way that neither of them wants to make a quick turnaround -- and to be fair, they both stand to make a substantial amount of money in July, and perhaps won't mind a short break -- Gaethje will be right there. And a fight between Gaethje and Oliveira would be fireworks.

Who's next for Michael Chandler: Justin Gaethje

This is a fight the UFC has looked at previously. It's a fight Chandler has expressed interest in. Gaethje has always been in a good spot, he just needed certain dominoes to fall before we knew his next move. One of the dominoes fell on Saturday. Another will fall on July 10.

Regardless of what happens on July 10, though, this will be an attractive option for Gaethje, Chandler and the UFC. It's a big fight for all because even though Chandler lost on Saturday, I don't think his stock will fall too much. He obviously had a great first round, and his brand grew from this event.

Wild card: Loser of Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor on July 10

More people know about Chandler than at the start of 2021, and like I just said, I don't think Chandler's stock falls after this loss. If the loser of the trilogy on July 10 wants to turn around and get the bad taste of defeat out of his mouth, I imagine Chandler will welcome the opportunity with open arms.

I'm guessing I might take some flack for this suggestion. And I get it. Ferguson has been badly out-grappled in his past two fights, and I want to pair him with the best grappler in the division?

Well, part of this suggestion is that, quite simply, there's not a super obvious fight for Ferguson. He went from winning 12 in a row and potentially becoming a UFC champion, to losing three in a row (badly). It's hard to matchmake someone who has gone through such a huge fall. The reason I think Makhachev is a good idea is because it would finally close the loop on the Ferguson-Khabib Nurmagomedov saga.

It is extremely unfortunate that Ferguson never fought for an undisputed lightweight title, and that he never got to fight Nurmagomedov because five times their scheduled bouts fell through for a variety of reasons. But to give Ferguson a chance to shock the world, and get to see him interact with Nurmagomedov's longtime teammate in Makhachev, it's a fight and a fight buildup I'd want to see.

Wild card: Nate Diaz at welterweight

If Diaz loses to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 next month in Phoenix, why not this fight? I had hoped to see this fight when we came into 2021. And actually, if Diaz upsets Edwards, I'd still argue this is a fight that makes so much sense. Two of the sport's biggest fan favorites. They each have extremely dedicated fanbases. Ferguson vs. Diaz has been a great idea for a while, and I suspect it kind of always will.

Dariush wants a title eliminator, and one could certainly argue he deserves that opportunity. But the way in which he beat Ferguson on Saturday won't have fans clamoring to see him fight the very, very top of the division. He's getting closer to the top, but he'll have to continue taking the scenic route. Dos Anjos is a former champ, and highly ranked. I suspect dos Anjos might get a different fight before Dariush would be looking to go, but as things sit right now, this makes the most sense to me.

Wild card: Dan Hooker

For the same reasons I just suggested dos Anjos. Dariush is not on a fast track to the top after this win, but he's in the conversation. Hooker is in that conversation, too. They're on the fringe of it. If they were to fight, the winner would likely earn a date against a top-four guy.

Yankees great Yogi Berra famously said, "It gets late early out there." Come to think of it, Tony Ferguson and Yogi would've made great friends.

We're hardly a year removed from the fifth Nurmagomedov-Ferguson cancellation -- a championship booking at the original UFC 249. In the interim, "El Cucuy" has seen a 12-fight win streak spiral into a three-fight skid -- which at lightweight means absolute free fall. Ferguson lost to bona fide contenders in every appearance, but it's a steep tumble down the ladder in the sport's deepest division. A lightweight in his late 20s could hardly afford a trio of lopsided losses. Ferguson turned 37 in February. The path back is too long and too tumultuous for a man at his stage of career with that amount of tread worn off the tires.

It's a crime he never competed for an undisputed title, despite those 12 straight wins at 155 pounds. After years of his name remaining synonymous with contention, Ferguson now moves multiple impressive wins from being mentioned for a possible title fight. He was an underdog to ninth-ranked Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 and got swept.

Ferguson remains a fan favorite, but his competitive peak is behind him. He'll still provide objective entertainment and demand eyeballs like few else. Any chapters written from here will serve as epilogue to a memorable, altogether unique career. It's a harsh reality that has come quicker than any of us expected.

When a good fighter changes divisions late in his or her career after a rough stretch, it sometimes feels like desperation. That was how many felt when Barboza, a longtime dangerous lightweight, dropped down to featherweight. When Barboza went from 155 pounds to 145 last year, the big question was whether the sturdy Brazilian could even make the weight. He was never a small man at lightweight, and always looked shredded.

If the PPV is purchased, all fights from UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler will be available to watch on ESPN+.

Well, Barboza can absolutely make featherweight. And now it appears he's ready to make a legitimate run there at 35 years old. Barboza stopped the always-game Shane Burgos with an absolutely wicked right hand Saturday night. Burgos attempted to fight through the shot, but after a delay of a few seconds his body and brain just shut down and he crumpled backward into the cage, and then down to the canvas. Barboza looked phenomenal in the fight, like a fighter who was a decade younger. Barboza looked fast, explosive and powerful with leg kicks, spinning techniques and nice combinations with his hands. In short, Barboza looked like a contender at featherweight.

Barboza is on a two-fight winning streak, and his loss last year to Dan Ige in his featherweight debut was a close one -- and many who watched the fight thought Barboza won. Back at lightweight, Barboza had lost four of five. But look at the men he lost to: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, Kevin Lee and Paul Felder. The latter was also a very close decision that Barboza could easily have won.

Barboza is better than his recent record might suggest. And Barboza remains capable of finishing elite fighters, as he is still an incredible striker.

The top of that featherweight division is brutal. Alexander Volkanovski will defend his title next against Brian Ortega. Former champ Max Holloway, waiting in the wings, is still one of the pound-for-pound best fighters on the planet. But who wouldn't want Barboza in that mix, against the likes of a Yair Rodriguez, Zabit Magomedsharipov, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung or Calvin Kattar? Barboza has now put himself in that conversation for a real run close to the top of the division. Why can't he do it?

For many, the story of the co-main event was that Ferguson lost his third in a row. But the fight said even more about the other guy in the cage. Even when Ferguson tried to turn around a bout not going his way by clamping on a D'Arce choke, Dariush calmly worked his way free and went back to putting on as dominant a performance as did the past two fighters who defeated Ferguson, Gaethje and Oliveira. That puts Dariush in heady company.

Lightweight is wide open in the post-Khabib era. Oliveira won the championship on Saturday night, and he'll likely make his first defense against the winner of the July 10 meeting of Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. After that? Gaethje probably is next in line. Chandler vowed that he'll be back. But now Dariush is in position to make noise in the division.

It's about time. The Ferguson fight was Dariush's 26th as a pro. The past 20 of them have come in the UFC. He had one rough stretch in 2017 and early '18, going 0-2-1. Since then, he has won seven in a row. But he's formidable beyond the numbers. Like Oliveira, he's dangerous both on his feet and on the canvas. And like the new champ, Dariush is poised and exudes confidence no matter where the fight goes.

Dariush is far from the biggest name among the 155-pound elite. But he has a skill set and an approach to the game that will make him a problem for anyone who steps in with him.

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UFC 262: Michael Chandler Octagon Interview

UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship 16 May, 2021 - 04:00am

Twitter reacts to Charles Oliveira's title-winning TKO of Michael Chandler at UFC 262

MMA Junkie 15 May, 2021 - 07:50pm

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Charles Oliveira is the new lightweight champion after beating Michael Chandler on Saturday in the UFC 262 headliner.

After Khabib Nurmagomedov vacated the belt earlier this year, Oliveira (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) picked up the vacant strap with a second-round TKO victory over Chandler (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view main event at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Oliveira got his hands on gold in his 27th octagon appearance, making him the new record-holder for most UFC bouts before winning a championship for the first time.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Oliveira’s title-winning effort against Chandler at UFC 262.

A new lightweight champ is moments away from being crowned at #UFC262 as Charles Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) and @MikeChandlerMMA are about to clash for the vacant strap.

Full play-by-play: https://t.co/w2jmwf4Tt7 pic.twitter.com/wBjlH2v50W

— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) May 16, 2021

— Nick Kalikas (@FightOdds) May 16, 2021

In the zone and looking at the top πŸ‘€πŸ†

[ #UFC262 | @MikeChandlerMMA | LIVE on E+ PPV: https://t.co/EYcvjCHR5s ] pic.twitter.com/BEhjuJ09nr

— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021

πŸ‡§πŸ‡· @CharlesDoBronxs makes his walk. #UFC262 pic.twitter.com/fHrkaohZ4K

— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021

Michael Chandler out to "The Search" by NF

Charles Oliveira to "O Hino" by Fernandinho#UFC262

— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) May 16, 2021

[ #UFC262 | Live NOW on ESPN+ PPV: https://t.co/EYcvjCHR5s ] pic.twitter.com/Xs7xzy3sKD

— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2021

Chandler races to the center of the Octagon and Oliveira drops drops him with a leg kick. Chandler pops up and is aggressive. Chandler with a guillotine!

— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) May 16, 2021

The jiu-Jitsu guy did the wrestling and the wrestler did jiu Jitsu 😳😳 @UFC

— Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) May 16, 2021

Big elbow to the face from Oliveira, who has Chandler in a body triangle

— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 16, 2021

Spider-monkey Do Bronx shit right here! Chandler has to be smart with his GnP here and watch those up kicks! #UFC262

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 16, 2021

Chandler ends up in the guard of Oliveira. The left hook of Chandler hurt him badly. #UFC262

— Rob Tatum (@RobTatum303) May 16, 2021

CHANDLER HAS OLIVEIRA HURT 😱 #UFC262 pic.twitter.com/6eRPSYZ7Wc

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 16, 2021

— michael (@bisping) May 16, 2021

#UFC262 LIVE In-Progress Betting Odds After RD1

— Nick Kalikas (@FightOdds) May 16, 2021

— Randa Markos (@randamma) May 16, 2021

πŸ‡§πŸ‡·@CharlesDoBronxs #UFC262 pic.twitter.com/g0lLQSi1lC

— UFC (@ufc) 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

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) May 16, 2021

Dude. MMA is just … wtf.

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 16, 2021

— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) May 16, 2021

— The Thugjitsu Master (@thugjitsumaster) May 16, 2021

LEFT HOOK DID IT FOR CHARLIE OLIVES. #UFC262

— Simon Samano (@SJSamano) May 16, 2021

What in the world!! That was crazy #UFC262

— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) May 16, 2021

Charles Oliveira! Claims the title in his record 28th UFC bout and sets a new all-time finishes record with 17. #UFC262

— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) May 16, 2021

This is CRAZY and I love it!!! #UFC262

— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) 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

Things can change so fast in MMA ! Phewww #UFC262

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) May 16, 2021

WOW!!! HUGE congrats to @CharlesDoBronxs !!! Amazing performance and way to fight through real adversity! Amazing! #UFC262

— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) May 16, 2021

Holy Shittt!!! What an insane comeback!!

Charles Oliveira is a savage 😲😲 #UFC262

— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) May 16, 2021

Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira is the eleventh undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion. He earns his 17th UFC finish, passing Donald Cerrone for most in UFC history.

— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) May 16, 2021

Wow 😳 insane #UFC262

— John Wayne Makdessi (@JohnMakdessi) May 16, 2021

#UFC262 results: Charles Oliveira (@CharlesDoBronxs) def. Michael Chandler via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:19 – to win vacant lightweight title

Full play-by-play: https://t.co/w2jmwf4Tt7 pic.twitter.com/E2q5FDBp28

— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) May 16, 2021

WHAT A WIN AND CELEBRATION πŸ‘@CharlesDoBronxs #UFC262 pic.twitter.com/TU92I1v16C

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 16, 2021

Congratulations @CharlesdoBronx! Great performance! Brazil has another champion #UFC262

— Patricio Pitbull (@PatricioPitbull) May 16, 2021

literally shit Charles Oliveira i’d wipe my ass wit you.

— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) May 16, 2021

Omg that was savage and beautiful

— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) May 16, 2021

Charles oliveira just shocked the world !

— Molly McCann (@MeatballMolly) May 16, 2021

Big congrats to @CharlesDoBronxs UFC Champion πŸ‘πŸ½ #ufc262

— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) May 16, 2021

Great job Champion! @CharlesDoBronxs

— Dan β€œ50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) 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

CHARLES OLIVEIRA 🀯 🀯 🀯#UFC262 @espnmma pic.twitter.com/sPNVKI0Mol

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 16, 2021

The commentary team lost their minds over @CharlesDoBronxs' knockout at #UFC262 😱 pic.twitter.com/viSFodwhjw

— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 16, 2021

First round Oliveira made mistake getting caught pulling straight back, survived it, then catches Chandler taking picture after punch. Great talent and class. #UFC262 #UFC @CharlesDoBronxs

— Teddy Atlas (@TeddyAtlasReal) May 16, 2021

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 16, 2021

Congratulations @CharlesDoBronxs you earned that the hard way! Head up @MikeChandlerMMA highest of the highs and lowest of the lows.

— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) May 16, 2021

UFC· May 16, 2021 2:55 am · By: Mike Bohn and John Morgan

Charles Oliveira appear willing to oblige to a title defense against Conor McGregor after claiming gold at UFC 262.

UFC· May 16, 2021 2:40 am · By: Nolan King and Ken Hathaway

Despite his loss at UFC 262, Michael Chandler still took time to speak with reporters after the event.

UFC· May 16, 2021 2:25 am · By: Mike Bohn

Dustin Poirier had respectful words for Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler in the aftermath of UFC 262.

UFC· May 16, 2021 2:10 am · By: Nolan King

Triller executives keep calling, but Dana White doesn’t plan on picking up.

UFC· May 16, 2021 1:55 am · By: Mike Bohn

Conor McGregor appears to be targeting new champ Charles Oliveira after UFC 262.

UFC· May 16, 2021 12:45 am · By: Nolan King

In a wild back-and-forth fight, Charles Oliveira survived a Michael Chandler onslaught to secure a knockout of his own.

UFC· May 16, 2021 12:15 am · By: Danny Segura

Rising lightweight contender Beneil Dariush out-grappled Tony Ferguson to extend his winning streak to seven at UFC 262.

UFC· May 15, 2021 11:10 pm · By: Nolan King

Since her loss to Valentina Shevchenko, Katlyn Chookagian is 3-1.

UFC· May 15, 2021 10:30 pm · By: Danny Segura

Edson Barboza knocks out Shane Burgos in devastating fashion at UFC 262 in Houston.

UFC· May 15, 2021 10:00 pm · By: MMA Junkie Radio

Join MMA Junkie Radio hosts “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” for a watch-along of UFC 262 headlined by Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler.

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