UFC 262 Results: Charles Oliveira stops Michael Chandler to become lightweight champion

In the main event of UFC 262, we crowned a new lightweight champion of the world. “Iron” Michael Chandler (22-5) was getting a shot at the vacant lightweight championship against Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC).

Michael Chandler has been one of the best lightweights in the world for years. However, with him fighting in Bellator, many people didn’t take him seriously. That all changed back at UFC 257 in January.

After signing with the UFC last year, Chandler took on Dan Hooker in the co-main event of UFC 257. Chandler knocked out Dan Hooker in the first round to make a massive statement to the rest of the lightweights.

Between his knockout performance and his willingness to fight anyone, the UFC gave him this shot tonight. Standing in his way was the hottest fighter in the lightweight division, Charles Oliveira.

Do Bronx has really grown up inside the octagon. He made his UFC debut back when the promotion still had shows on Fuel TV which is no longer a television network. Oliveira began his career at featherweight.

After having some ups and downs at 145, Oliveira came into his own at lightweight. Now, Oliveira has won eight straight in the UFC‘s toughest division and the promotion gave him this title shot on the heels of his dominant win over former interim champion Tony Ferguson.

UFC 262 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 262 main event starts with a touch of the gloves. Two big kicks from Oliveira starts the striking. Chandler throws a big right to the body and Oliveira lands another big calf kick.

Big left hook lands for Michael Chandler and Oliveira shoots for a takedown. Chandler has a guillotine and it looks deep, but Oliveira stays relaxed and gets out of it. Oliveira ends up getting the back of Michael Chandler.

Chandler gets up and tries a back slam, but Oliveira sticks to him like glue. Oliveira is bleeding, but he’s got the body triangle locked in. Chandler explodes out of the position and Chandler is back on his feet.

Big shots from the top from Michael Chandler. Oliveira is up and they’re back to striking. Huge hooks land for Chandler and Oliveira is in deep trouble. Chandler tries to finish, but he lands in the guard of Oliveira.

Oliveira is trying to attack off his back, but Chandler is too strong early. Big elbows from Michael Chandler. More big shots from Michael Chandler land with seconds left in the round. The bell sounds and a huge opening round at UFC 262 for Michael Chandler.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 262 and all the momentum is with Michael Chandler. Big jab lands for Michael Chandler but Charles Oliveira lands a massive hook and Chandler is hurt badly.

Oliveira follows up and Chandler is out. Charles Oliveira turns it around in an instance and he’s the new UFC lightweight champion.

Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler by TKO – Round 2

Beneil Dariush dominates Tony Ferguson at UFC 262

In the co-main event of UFC 262, we saw a big matchup in the lightweight division. Former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson (25-5) was taking on the surging top contender Beneil Dariush (20-4-1).

Over the last decade, Tony Ferguson has been one of the best fighters in the UFC not just in the lightweight division. From 2013 to 2019, El Cucuy won a staggering 12 fights in a row in the UFC‘s most stacked weight class.

Ferguson rose all the way to the top capturing the interim lightweight championship. However, the undisputed title always evaded him. Ferguson entered UFC 262 in unfamiliar territory coming off of back-to-back losses for the first time in his career.

Snapping that losing streak wasn’t going to be easy tonight. Beneil Dariush has quietly been rising up the UFC‘s lightweight ranks. Dariush had won six fights in a row coming into tonight.

He also possesses a style that could give El Cucuy some problems inside the octagon. The biggest question mark coming into UFC 262 was which Tony Ferguson we would get. Would we get the old El Cucuy or would we get the Tony Ferguson we saw get dominated by Charles Oliveira?

UFC 262 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 262 co-main event kicks off with a brief touch of the gloves. Ferguson pushes forward and Dariush lands a clean left hook. Dariush pushes forward with big shots including a body kick.

Lots of forward pressure from Dariush and he lands another big left hand. Another huge left for Dariush, but Ferguson is taking them well. More pressure and big shots from Dariush and he chains them into a takedown.

Ferguson starts trying to attack from his back, but the pressure is heavy for Dariush. El Cucuy is trying to work a triangle, but Dariush defends well. Back to the full guard and big shots are landing for Dariush.

Dariush is looking to pass and Ferguson is looking to defend from his back. Ferguson works his way to the fence, but Dariush’s top pressure is so heavy here. Ferguson tries to escape, but Dariush is all over him and the fight stays grounded.

More big shots from the top from Dariush. Ferguson tries to escape a couple of times, but Dariush holds him in place. Dominant first round for Beneil Dariush and he’s up 1-0 at UFC 262.

Round 2

The former interim UFC champion needs to get it going as we enter the second round. Ferguson opens the second with a lot of movement, but Dariush lands some big shots.

Dariush lands a takedown, but he lands in Ferguson’s d’arce choke. Unfortunately for El Cucuy, he doesn’t have the correct position. Dariush is remaining calm here and he pops his head out.

Big shots raining down from Beneil Dariush. Ferguson is trying to counter off his back, but this is all Dariush here. Dariush starts to pass the guard and how he’s in halfguard.

Ferguson uses a sweep to get top position briefly. However, another sweep from Dariush has Ferguson in a compromising position. Dariush locks up a deep heel hook and Ferguson is in deep trouble.

Ferguson is in pain, but he’s not tapping. Dariush let’s it go and it’s amazing that El Cucuy survived. More heavy pressure from Dariush to end the round and it’s 2-0 Dariush here at UFC 262.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC 262 and it’s going to take a miracle from Tony Ferguson. Big body kick for Dariush and Dariush shoots in deep for a takedown. Ferguson defends for a second, but Dariush slams him to the ground.

Four minutes left in the fight and Ferguson is in massive trouble here. Dariush is in north-south and he starts throwing some body shots. Not a lot of action here as Dariush is just holding him in place here.

Halfway through the round and nothing much is happening. The crowd is getting restless here in the final round. Ferguson is trying to use the fence, but he’s not going anywhere. Lots of boos from the crowd with 90 seconds left in the round.

Ferguson tries to escape, but Dariush just rolls with him. Under a minute left and Ferguson is trying, but nothing is really happening. The final round sounds and there’s not going to be a surprise with this result at UFC 262.

Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Katlyn Chookagian edges Viviane Araujo at UFC 262

On the main card of UFC 262, we saw a pivotal matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top contender and former title challenger Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) was taking on the surging contender Viviane Araujo (10-2).

Araujo entered UFC 262 riding a two-fight win streak. In her last performance, Araujo defeated the very tough Roxanne Modafferi by decision back in January. The two straight wins are on the heels of her loss to another former title challenger in Jessica Eye.

Araujo was looking to use this fight against Katlyn Chookagian as a stepping stone straight into title contention. However, getting the win over someone as tough as Chookagian was not going to be easy.

In my opinion heading into UFC 262, Katlyn Chookagian was clearly the third best flyweight in the world. She’s gone 8-4 inside the octagon and she’s only lost to former champions and former title challengers.

Since 2019, Chookagian has gone 4-2 with wins over JoJo Calderwood, Jennifer Maia, and Cynthia Calvillo. The Calvillo win came back at UFC 255 which was a nice bounce back win after she was stopped in the first round by Jessica Andrade.

UFC 262 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 262 flyweight contest kicked off with immediate pressure from Araujo. Both ladies trade jabs to start their striking. Nice step-in jab lands for Chookagian. Chookagian lands a nice lead left hook.

Big body shot and hook lands for Araujo. Chookagian lands a jab, but Araujo lands a nice left hook on the exit. Big overhand right hand lands for Araujo. Front kick for Chookagian finds it’s home. Another nice right hand lands for Araujo.

Araujo misses wild and a nice body counter lands for Chookagian. Chookagian steps forward with a combination and Araujo counters with a beautiful body shot. The activity is really picking up for Katlyn Chookagian.

1-2 to the body lands for Araujo. Chookagian being very active with her jab and it’s starting to land. A jab and back-to-back front kicks to the body lands for Chookagian. Araujo shoots for a takedown and presses Chookagian against the fence. Round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Araujo at UFC 262.

Round 2

Chookagian steps forward with a nice 1-2 to start the second here at UFC 262. Both ladies exchange big jabs. A front kick from Chookagian sets Araujo down briefly, but Araujo is right back up.

Araujo presses forward with power shots but misses wildly. Tons of volume here in the second for Katlyn Chookagian. Chookagian is landing the jab consistently here in the second round.

Chookagian throws a body kick, but Araujo catches it. Araujo uses the leg to land a takedown and she’s immediately in halfguard. Araujo starts to work on a guillotine and she uses it to get the mount.

Chookagian is holding on tight, but she’s in a very bad spot here. Araujo starts to attack an arm-triangle, but Chookagian explodes up and starts throwing bombs. Huge 1-2 lands for Chookagian and Araujo looks exhausted here.

Chookagian is pouring it on here late in the round. Araujo plots forward and lands a jab, but she looks compromised. Nice body kick lands and the round comes to a close. Despite the strong close, I think Araujo takes it. Araujo is up 2-0 here at UFC 262.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC 262 and I think Chookagian needs a finish here. Chookagian steps forward with a jab and front kick to start her striking. Araujo leaps forward with a left hook that connects.

Chookagian circles on the outside and lands a couple of jabs. Big right straight lands for Araujo. Lead left hook lands for Araujo and she seems to be getting a bit of a second wind here in the third round.

Chookagian continues to pop the jab and she lands a big right hook to the body. Big front knee lands for Chookagian and Araujo’s eye is starting to swell. A sloppy 1-2 attempt from Araujo falls short.

Good jab lands for Chookagian and she’s landing at will with that jab. However, there’s not a ton of power on any of these shots. Hook to the body and a follow up kick lands for Katlyn Chookagian.

Araujo shoots in for a takedown and can’t land it. Chookagian lands a big knee on the break and a huge 1-2 lands for Chookagian. Big leg kick for Katlyn Chookagian. Chookagian is lighting Araujo up here in the third round.

More shots land for Katlyn Chookagian and she’s in cruise control here in the third. The final bell sounds and it was a dominant third round for Katlyn Chookagian. However, I think it wasn’t enough and I have it 2-1 Araujo at UFC 262.

Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araujo by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Edson Barboza knocks out Shane Burgos at UFC 262

Edson Barboza

Kicking off the PPV main card at UFC 262 was a featherweight matchup between two dynamic strikers. Edson Barboza (21-9) was making his third appearance in the featherweight division as he was taking on “Hurricane” Shane Burgos (13-2).

Since making his debut with the UFC, Shane Burgos has only lost to top flight competition. His two losses have come against Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. The last time we saw Burgos was the Emmett fight which was one of the UFC‘s fights of the year in 2020.

Burgos was looking to bounce back from that loss tonight. He has very good hands and a ton of power, but he was going up against one of the more dynamic and fast strikers in the UFC.

For years, Edson Barboza has been known as one of the premier strikers in the UFC. Barboza spent the majority of his career in the lightweight division. During that time, Barboza only lost to the best of the best.

Last year, Barboza decided to drop down to 145 pounds. Since that move, he’s gone 1-1 but the one loss was a razor close split decision. Barboza was hoping to pick up a win over Burgos tonight which would likely put him in the top ten of the UFC‘s featherweight division.

UFC 262 Recap

Round 1

UFC 262’s opening fight kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Three massive calf kicks land for Barboza to start the striking. Huge left hand of Barboza hurts Burgos briefly, but Burgos smiles.

Burgos steps forward and lands a huge 1-2. Barboza then counters with a big leg kick and Burgos lands his jab. Burgos pushes forward and rips a left hook to the body. Another big calf kick lands for Barboza.

Barboza already wearing some damage as Burgos connects again with a jab. Nice lead left hook lands for Burgos. Spinning back kick from Barboza forces a shoot for Burgos. Burgos lands another jab and a calf kick counter from Barboza.

Pace slowing a bit with two minutes left here at UFC 262. Both men trade good jabs, but Burgos doubles up. Big body combination lands for Shane Burgos. Both men step forward and trade big shots, but a nasty body shot on the exit from Burgos.

Uppercut lands for Barboza and a counter jab from Burgos. Huge spinning kick lands and Barboza rocks Burgos. Huge right hand drops Burgos to a knee. Leg kick buckles Burgos again and Barboza is turning it on. The round ends and it’s 1-0 Barboza at UFC 262.

Round 2

Both men were feeling that first round heading into the second here at UFC 262. Burgos charges forward and immediately goes back to pressuring Barboza. Huge right hand for Burgos lands and Barboza lands another calf kick.

Spinning back kick to the body lands for Barboza. Barboza circles on the outside and Burgos lands a big hook to the body. Switch kick lands for Edson Barboza. Barboza steps forward and lands a big combination on Burgos.

Tons of blood coming out of the shin of Edson Barboza. Burgos steps forward, but Barboza counters nicely. Body kick lands for Shane Burgos. 1-2 lands for Shane Burgos. Nasty lead hook to the body for Shane Burgos. Lead hook lands for Burgos and a nice left hook for Hurricane.

The pace is really slowing for Barboza here. Both men trade jabs, but Burgos is taking over here. Spinning back kick to the body lands for Barboza. Both men trade jabs and another big calf kick lands for Barboza.

Big right hand lands for Edson Barboza. Flying knee for Barboza and a body kick follows. Barboza might be stealing the round here, but just as I say that, Burgos lands big to the body. The round closes and I have it 1-1, but it’s razor close at UFC 262.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC 262 and this is anyone’s fight. The first round was Barboza’s but the second round could go either way. Both touch gloves as the final round gets going.

Big leg kicks for both men land to start the striking. Burgos is really starting to throw kicks in the second half of this fight. Good lead hook lands for Burgos and another nice kick from Burgos.

Shane Burgos is really active here early. Barboza lands a big right hand and Burgos eats it. However, it’s a delayed reaction and Burgos starts fading backwards. Burgos falls backwards and he’s out. Edson Barboza gets the win here at UFC 262.

Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos by KO – Round 3

UFC 262 Preview: Viviane Araujo – Katlyn Chookagian

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 262 we will see a pivotal matchup in the women’s flyweight division. Top ten contenders will go head-to-head as Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) takes on the rising contender Viviane Araujo (10-2).

This is a massive opportunity for Viviane Araujo to jump right into title contention. Katlyn Chookagian is widely considered one of the very best and Viviane Araujo is widely considered to be one of the top rising UFC contenders at flyweight.

The Brazilian has won two straight since her decision loss to Jessica Eye at UFC 245. The last time we saw Araujo was back in January when she took on the tough and very durable Roxanne Modafferi.

To me, this was the best performance of Araujo’s career. She was poised and looked good against a fighter that makes it very difficult to look good. She’s looking to ride that momentum into UFC 262 and into title contention.

Katlyn Chookagian is without a doubt the third best flyweight in the UFC. Chookagian has been in the UFC since 2016 and she’s gone 8-4. However, her for losses were to two UFC champions and two former title challengers.

Since 2019, Chookagian has gone 4-2 with wins over JoJo Calderwood, Jennifer Maia, and Cynthia Calvillo. The Calvillo win came back at UFC 255 which was a nice bounce back win after she was stopped in the first round by Jessica Andrade.

UFC 262 Prediction

The intriguing thing about this UFC 262 matchup is the striking. I really love the striking game of Araujo and I loved what I saw in her last fight. However, can she keep up with the activity and the pressure of Katlyn Chookagian.

Chookagian might not throw everything into her shots, but she’s going to have nonstop movement and action. She is extremely tough to beat when fights go to the scorecards. In my opinion, if UFC 262 goes to a decision this fight is Chookagian’s to lose.

I will know a lot early on in the first round. If Araujo has the power to really sting Chookagian, it can definitely be a good night for her. However, Chookagian has been in there with the very best and there’s a reason why she’s only lost to the best. I think she gets the decision nod tomorrow night.

Prediction: Katlyn Chookagian by Unanimous Decision

UFC 262 Preview: Shane Burgos – Edson Barboza

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 262, we are going to see a fun matchup in the featherweight division. Top fifteen contenders will battle it out as “Hurricane” Shane Burgos (13-2) takes on Edson Barboza (21-9).

This is the first fight in almost a year for Shane Burgos. The last time we saw him, he was on the losing end of a decision in his fight against Josh Emmett. Their war was one of the UFC‘s fights of the year in 2020.

That loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Burgos. Burgos made his UFC debut back in 2016 and since making his debut with the promotion he’s gone 6-2. His two losses have come against Emmett and Calvin Kattar.

Burgos has really good boxing and a solid overall skillset. However, he’s run into trouble the two times he’s faced some of the elite guys of the division. While his ranking might not suggest it, Edson Barboza is elite especially on the feet.

Barboza is making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division after spending his career at lightweight. So far, he’s 1-1 with a loss to Dan Ige although many believe that Barboza won that fight.

Barboza is just 3-5 in his last eight fights. However, the losses were to Dan Ige, Paul Felder, Justin Gaethje, Kevin Lee, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Some of the best in the sport. During that stretch he also holds TKO victories over Beneil Dariush and Dan Hooker.

The last time we saw Barboza was on Fight Island against Makwan Amirkhani. He picked up the win and the UFC gave him a new contract after the fight was over. Barboza is looking for a big win tomorrow night.

UFC 262 Prediction

As mentioned, Shane Burgos has really good hands and he does have some power. We’ve seen Barboza get hurt on the feet before so Shane Burgos’ power is definitely something to watch out for at UFC 262.

When thinking about this fight, I keep going back to where Burgos has struggled. He’s struggled against guys who could beat him to the punch and guys who outstruck him. I would be shocked if Burgos completely outstruck Barboza at UFC 262.

I believe tomorrow night the kicks are going to play a huge factor in the fight. Barboza is one of the best kickers in the business and I think he shows off tomorrow. I’m expecting a signature featherweight win for Edson Barboza at UFC 262.

Prediction: Edson Barboza by TKO – Round 2

UFC 262 Preview: Tony Ferguson – Beneil Dariush

Tony Ferguson, UFC

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC 262, Tony Ferguson (25-5) meets Beneil Dariush (20-4-1) in a pivotal matchup in the lightweight division. El Cucuy is looking to snap a two-fight losing streak while Dariush looks to get closer to the UFC‘s top five.

From 2013 to 2019, Tony Ferguson was perfect inside the octagon. El Cucuy was a perfect 12-0 and even captured the interim UFC lightweight title during his run. Ferguson fought and defeated a who’s who of the lightweight division.

Some of the wins on his resume include Edson Barboza, Rafael Dos Anjos, Kevin Lee, Anthony Pettis, and Donald Cerrone. Despite all of these wins and an interim title stint, Ferguson never got his shot at the undisputed UFC lightweight title.

Ferguson was paired with Khabib Nurmagomedov several times, but the fight always fell through. Most recently at UFC 249. Ferguson was supposed to get his shot, but instead, he faced Justin Gaethje for the interim title. Gaethje defeated Ferguson and snapped his winning streak.

At UFC 256, Ferguson was dominated by Charles Oliveira and now El Cucuy finds himself in a difficult spot. Facing his third straight defeat and he has a hungry contender in front of him.

Beneil Dariush comes into UFC 262 having won six fights in a row. His last victory was a split decision over Diego Ferrier back in February. This is the biggest fight of his career and a win of Ferguson would prove that he belongs amongst the lightweight elite.

UFC 262 Prediction

When Tony Ferguson fought Charles Oliveira, he was completely dominated on the ground. At UFC 256, Oliveira took Ferguson down at will and El Cucuy really couldn’t do anything to get up.

That is really concerning when considering this matchup. Dariush fights with a ton of forward pressure and his grappling is very good. If he can ground Ferguson tomorrow night, he might be able to ride out a decision victory.

On the feet, you’d have to give the advantage to Ferguson. Ferguson has been training at Wild Card and he’s really been working on his hands. Dariush has really solid power, but the fluidity of the striking is in favor of El Cucuy.

If you were to ask me who would win this fight a year ago, I would’ve probably laughed. No disrespect to Beneil Dariush, but I considered Ferguson to be the second best lightweight on the planet.

However, I don’t know what were going to get from him at UFC 262. I do know what were getting from Beneil Dariush. We are getting a hungry fighter who has the grappling ability to neutralize Tony Ferguson. If we get classic El Cucuy, I’d pick Ferguson, but the unknown has me leaning towards Dariush.

Prediction: Beneil Dariush by Split Decision

UFC 262 Preview: Michael Chandler – Charles Oliveira

Tomorrow night in the headliner of UFC 262, the vacant lightweight title is on the line. Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler (22-5) is seeking to add a second world title to his resume against Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC).

In 2020, the biggest free agent in MMA was Michael Chandler. Chandler finished out his Bellator career with a first round knockout over former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. After the win, the bidding war started.

Ultimately, Chandler signed with the UFC because he wanted to show he’s the best in the world. At UFC 257, Chandler made his debut against Dan Hooker. After closing as a betting underdog, Chandler knocked out Dan Hooker in the first round.

The performance earned him a spot in the main event tomorrow night. Standing across the cage from him is the hottest lightweight in the UFC. Charles Oliveira will walk into the fight tomorrow night carrying an eight-fight win streak.

For Oliveira, his issue was never his talent. Oliveira always had the talent to be a UFC champion, but he just never put everything together. In December of 2017, Paul Felder stopped Oliveira at UFC 218.

After that fight, something changed in Oliveira. He turned into a different fighter and the winning streak started. The highlights of the win streak include victories over Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson. Do Bronx is looking to add Michael Chandler and a UFC title to that winning streak tomorrow night.

UFC 262 Prediction

This is such a fascinating matchup and I can really see both guys winning at UFC 262. When it comes to the totality of striking, I would have to give the technical advantage on the feet to Charles Oliveira.

However, when it comes to explosion and power on the feet, the advantage goes to Michael Chandler. Obviously, Michael Chandler is one of the best wrestlers in the lightweight division. However, Oliveira is the best jiu jitsu practitioner in the lightweight division.

Both of these men cancel each other out in ways which is why the fight at UFC 262 is so hard to predict. If this fight ends up being a war, I really like the championship experience and grit that Michael Chandler will bring.

If this fight goes to really deep waters, I like Michael Chandler. If this fight ends in a first round knockout, I also like Michael Chandler. However, my gut just tells me that Do Bronx gets it done at UFC 262. Chandler’s never been submitted, but I think that might change tomorrow night.

Prediction: Charles Oliveira by Submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 3

UFC: Conor McGregor wants at least two more fights in 2021

Conor McGregor, UFC

The biggest star in the UFC is wanting to make the walk at least a couple more times before the calendar turns over to 2022. Conor McGregor (22-5) is currently scheduled to face Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) in July at UFC 264.

That matchup will be the third installment of the rivalry between the two men. McGregor won the first matchup back at UFC 178 and then Poirier evened the score with a TKO victory in January at UFC 257.

Both men wanted to do the trilogy and that’s what were getting next. However, McGregor has made it known that he has bigger plans beyond the Poirier trilogy. McGregor had a fun question and answer on Twitter yesterday with his fans.

One of the questions that was asked was around his fighting plans for the rest of the year. When asked how many times he wanted to compete, the former two-division UFC champion said, “2 at least.”

Another question came in regarding his plans for those fights. To that, McGregor said, “I’ll have a few Proper Parties! It’s my birthday that week. Then the World title.” Make no mistake about it, Conor McGregor has his eyes on the UFC lightweight title.

Can McGregor regain the UFC lightweight title?

If you would have asked me a year ago about McGregor’s chances to recapture the UFC title, I wouldn’t be very confident. I’m in the group that believes Conor McGregor is sensational, however, I’m not sure he’s taking the belt of Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0).

However, with Nurmagomedov out of the picture, it’s a different story. At UFC 262 this weekend, Michael Chandler (22-5) and Charles Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC) will battle for the vacant UFC lightweight title.

The winner of that matchup will likely face the winner of McGregor – Poirier 3 in the fall. With that, the path is quite clear for Conor McGregor to once again become the lightweight champion.

However, it’s a very steep ask. I’m not sure you can put McGregor as the favorite after his last fight with Poirier. If he is able to get passed The Diamond, then he’s got a tough matchup with Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira.

Very different and difficult fights for McGregor. The odds are currently stacked against him, but McGregor’s proved the UFC nay-sayers wrong before. He just might do it again and walk out of 2021 the lightweight champion of the world.

UFC: Jack Hermansson – Edmen Shahbazyan postponed one week

UFC 262 has lost one of it’s fights. MMA DNA was the first to report today that the middleweight matchup between Jack Hermansson (21-6) and Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1) is being postponed. Shahbazyan confirmed the news on his Twitter page. 

At this time, it’s not known why the fight is being postponed. However, fight fans will not have to wait long for this matchup. Shahbazyan confirmed also that the fight is being pushed back just one week to UFC Vegas 27.

With the news that it’s only being pushed back a week, we can safely make the assumption that nothing serious is happening. The most important thing is that the UFC was able to turn around this matchup quickly.

Shahbazyan is looking to bounce back after his first UFC and career loss in his last matchup. The promotion was giving him the fast track and he took on Derek Brunson in a main event last year.

The veteran did a fantastic job of weathering the storm from Shahbazyan and making him tired. Brunson ended up scoring the TKO victory in a very humbling defeat for the top prospect.

In all honesty, I’ve been surprised about this booking from the beginning. I’m shocked that the UFC decided to give Shahbazyan a fight with Jack Hermansson after his last fight. However, they ultimately wanted to keep him around the top ten.

UFC bounce back for Hermansson

Jack Hermansson is still ranked seventh in the UFC’s middleweight division, but he’s coming off of a lopsided loss to Marvin Vettori in his last fight. Hermansson had some moments, but ultimately, The Italian Dream was too much.

That loss puts Hermansson at 1-2 in his last three matchups. The two losses coming to Vettori and Jared Cannonier. Twice now, Hermansson has come close to getting a UFC title shot.

After winning four in a row, Hermansson got a shot against Jared Cannonier. Had Hermansson won that fight, he might’ve been challenging for the title. However, Cannonier stopped him in the second round.

Then after he defeated Kelvin Gastelum, Hermansson was right back in a good position to potentially get a UFC title eliminator matchup. But, he of course came up short against Vettori.

Now, he will look to reset against the top prospect. This is a big fight for both of these men and it will tell us a lot about where they are heading in the future.