Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will compete Saturday for the UFC lightweight title vacated by recently retired Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 262 at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Oliveira and Chandler have had completely different journeys to get to this point. Oliveira is one of the longest-serving UFC fighters to have ever had a title shot with a decade in the promotion, while Chandler has only been in the UFC for eight months, but the former Bellator champion is in a position. privileged to add. his legacy.
Oliveira holds the UFC all-time record for most performances (14), Performance of the Night awards (10) and is tied for the most results in UFC history with Donald Cerrone (16). But it wasn’t until 2018 that Oliveira began a torrid streak of eight straight wins with all but one finishing within the distance.
But Oliveira will face one of the best fighters in Bellator history, as former three-time champion Michael Chandler will look to add UFC hardware to his resume. The 35-year-old made his UFC debut in January with a dazzling first-round stoppage of Dan Hooker. That victory earned him a shot at the UFC title and Chandler is aware that he may not have another shot in a talented division.
Here are the betting odds to help you with your selection.
All odds are courtesy of FanDuel.
UFC 262 odds for Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler
- Charles Oliveira: -142
- Michael Chandler: +116
- Draw: +5000
Despite Chandler being a three-time Bellator champion, he will enter the fight as an underdog to an opponent who will get his first shot at UFC gold in more than a decade with the promotion. Oliveira is a -142 favorite, meaning a $ 142 bet will be needed to make a $ 100 profit if the Brazilian is victorious. Chandler is a slight underdog at +116, which means that a $ 100 bet would return a $ 116 profit if Chandler wins.
Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler props betting
- Oliveira by (T) KO: +460
- Oliveira per presentation: +220
- Oliveira by Decision: +600
- Chandler by (T) KO: +200
- Chandler per presentation: +1700
- Chandler by decision: +600
Some fighters realize later than others and Charles Oliveira falls squarely on that. After a relatively high and low first seven years with the UFC, when he was 10-8 with a No Contest, Oliveira’s game came together in a way that has seen the Brazilian clinch eight straight wins in a dominant fashion, with five submissions. and two. knockouts on the road. Rather than just being a submission specialist, Oliveira has rounded up his punches to become a threat anywhere within the Octagon. And once a fighter like Oliveira finds out, it’s really hard to stop them.
Some may think Chandler’s shot at UFC gold is a bit premature considering he only has one fight in the organization. But given his history as a three-time Bellator and UFC champion who needs fresh faces in the title image, it makes sense. Outside of a loss to Patricio Pitbull and an injury that interrupted his night to Brett Primus, Chandler has been arguably one of the best lightweights in the world for the past half decade. He is a heavy handed pressure fighter and stellar fighting.
The first thing to eliminate is that the judges will be involved in the result. Chandler and Oliveira have combined for 66 fights and only 11 of them have made a decision. Considering their respective fighting styles, this is highly unlikely to last the full 25 minutes.
But how will it end? There are two options: Chandler by knockout (+200) or Oliveira by submission (+220). Chandler has never been subdued in his MMA career, while Oliveira has been knocked out four times. However, a fighter like Chandler is one who plays directly into Oliveira’s hand. Chandler has never fought an opponent close to Oliveira’s caliber in the jujitsu department. All it takes is one failed takedown attempt for Chandler to find himself on a guillotine or chain of submission attempts. He has to avoid the power of Chandler and that is an arduous task. But considering that Oliveira enjoys fights against pressure-bearing opponents, as he did against Tony Ferguson, we like his chances to get the job done.
Sporting News selection: Charles Oliveira by submission
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.