Charles Oliveria KOs Michael Chandler to claim UFC lightweight crown

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Brazilian Charles Oliveira mounted an excellent comeback to rating a second-round knockout victory over American Michael Chandler to win the UFC lightweight title in the primary occasion of UFC 262 in Houston, Texas on Saturday.

Fighting for the title left vacant by the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov final October, Oliveira escaped an early guillotine choke try and took Chandler’s again, however the 35-year-old former Bellator champion was in a position to escape and land a string of highly effective punches to go away Oliveria hanging on on the finish of the primary body.

He collected himself within the break and got here out robust once more, dropping Chandler with a candy left hook and following up with highly effective strikes to power referee Dan Miragliotta to name a halt to the competition 19 seconds into the second spherical.

“I wanted to come here and show that I’m the best in this division…I’m proving to everybody I’m the lion of lions,” Oliveira mentioned within the octagon following his ninth straight UFC victory.

In the co-main occasion, Beneil Dariush dominated former interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson to put his title among the many contenders that might be trying to problem Chandler for the belt.

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