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Oliveira (31-8) earned his ninth consecutive victory in dramatic vogue, ending Chandler (22-6) with a sequence of exact strikes to assert the belt vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement.

Charles Oliveira beat Michael Chandler contained in the second spherical to assert the UFC Championship Light-weight title. Picture: UFC/Getty Pictures

Houston: Charles Oliveira claimed the UFC light-weight title Saturday night time, stopping Michael Chandler with a barrage of punches early within the second spherical at UFC 262.

Oliveira (31-8) earned his ninth consecutive victory in dramatic vogue, ending Chandler (22-6) with a sequence of exact strikes to assert the belt vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement.

After each fighters traded massive photographs in a back-and-forth opening spherical, Oliveira abruptly dropped Chandler with a left hook within the opening seconds of the second spherical. The Brazilian veteran pursued Chandler across the perimeter of the cage earlier than dropping Chandler once more with a left hook and ending with punches on the bottom simply 19 seconds into the spherical.

“I informed you I used to be going to knock him out, and I got here and knocked him out,” Oliveira mentioned by a translator. “I am proving to everyone I am the lion of lions.”

Oliveira gave the impression to be in deep trouble within the first spherical from Chandler’s relentless assaults, however he recovered after which completed in spectacular vogue. Oliveira, who has stopped eight of his 9 opponents throughout his profitable streak, ran throughout the mat and hurdled the cage to rejoice his first title belt after 11 years within the UFC and his file seventeenth UFC end.

“Michael, you are an excellent champion,” mentioned Oliveira, who already held the UFC file with 14 victories by submission. “However right now is my day.”

Oliveira is the UFC’s first new undisputed light-weight champion in over three years. Nurmagomedov held the belt from April 2018 till this 12 months, when UFC President Dana White lastly accepted the unbeaten Russian star’s determination to retire within the prime of his profession late final 12 months.

A mid-career renaissance led Oliveira to a title struggle, whereas Chandler acquired his shot solely eight months after signing with the UFC following a decade in Bellator, the place he gained the 155-pound title thrice. Chandler’s UFC debut was a formidable stoppage of Dan Hooker in January, and the promotion fast-tracked him to a title shot.

“You’ll be able to by no means get too aggressive,” mentioned Chandler, who vowed after the bout to develop into the UFC light-weight champion earlier than he retires. “Aggressive is my fashion. Aggressive is me. You simply zig when it is best to have zagged, and Charles Oliveira is getting the belt wrapped round his waist as a substitute of you.”

Oliveira confirmed off his ever-improving hanging sport alongside his already formidable jiu-jitsu abilities in a career-capping efficiency. Oliveira joined the UFC as a 20-year-old prospect and went by a number of down stretches when the promotion appeared to overmatch him in opposition to veteran opposition, however the now-31-year-old light-weight has added formidable hanging to his abilities as arguably the highest submission artist within the promotion.

The UFC packed the Toyota Heart for its second pay-per-view occasion in entrance of a full crowd for the reason that onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Within the penultimate bout at UFC 262, former interim light-weight champ Tony Ferguson took his third straight defeat, shedding each spherical on each scorecard to Beneil Dariush.

Ferguson (25-5) had an eight-year, 12-fight profitable streak that ended final Could. He could not determine a technique on the bottom or on his toes in opposition to Dariush (21-4-1), who has gained seven straight bouts.

Dariush practically completed Ferguson with a heel hook within the second spherical, however Ferguson improbably kicked his method out of it.

Dariush nonetheless managed the bout till the ultimate bell, and he basked in cascades of boos from the Ferguson-supporting crowd.

“I wished to get wild so unhealthy,” Dariush mentioned. “I felt higher in my velocity, I felt higher in my energy, and I used to be similar to, ‘Let’s get wild.’

However then I remembered I need to be a champion. I am not attempting to be a bonus fighter. Truly, it was the followers that helped. They have been yelling his identify. I used to be like, you understand what? It is all noise. I simply have to do my job. I simply caught to the sport plan.”

On the undercard, André Muniz completed fellow Brazilian veteran Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza within the first spherical, and he appeared to interrupt Souza’s arm within the submission maintain when Souza refused to faucet out. Muniz’s victory was his fifth straight since becoming a member of the UFC, whereas the 41-year-old Souza has misplaced 4 straight.

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Updated: May 16, 2021 — 8:40 am

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