For the first time in three years, a new UFC lightweight champion will be crowned as No. 3 ranked contender Charles Oliveira and No. 4 Michael Chandler vie for the vacant belt. Also, for the first time in UFC history, a non-title co-main event will be five rounds as No. 3 ranked welterweight contender Leon Edwards faces off with Nate Diaz. welcome to another episode of Primal mma with everything you should know about this stacked UFC 262 card.
- The crowd is back
UFC 262 will be the second event of the world's most famous fighting organization in 2021 that will have a crowd, following UFC 261 on April 24. UFC 262 require no restrictions on fansentering the buildings. They will not be required to wear masks, social distance, test negative for COVID-19, or show proof of vaccination. The UFC instead provided a notice to ticket buyers that they knowingly accepted the risk of exposure to COVID-19 when they purchased their tickets and would not hold the UFC, the venues, or other parties liable if they contracted COVID-19 at the events.
White and the UFC have been pushing the limits of restrictions from the beginning of the pandemic shutdowns, insisting they could safely hold events. White famously tried to move forward with UFC 249 in the spring of 2020 to the point of moving the event to a Native American reservation and declining to divulge the location.
He eventually relented in moving forward with UFC 249 in that fashion, at the request of his broadcast partners at ESPN and Disney. White quickly found a way to hold events without audiences, first in Jacksonville and then at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Though safety protocols have identified several fighters and related individuals as having COVID-19, there have been no major outbreaks or deaths reported in connection with UFC events during the pandemic.
White is now continuing the push to be first, by welcoming unrestricted, unlimited audiences back to UFC events in locations that will allow for it.
- The main event: a new lightweight champion
The main event for UFC 262 will be the highly-anticipated 155 lb title fight between Charles
Oliveira and UFC newcomer Michael Chandler.
a new lightweight champion will be crowned on May 15, as Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will do battle in the main event of UFC 262 for the 155-pound crown vacated by the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov. UFC 262 is slated to take place live at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
A longtime featherweight contender, Brazil's Oliveira truly found his groove when returning to the lightweight division in 2017. Since then, he has gone 9-1, winning eight straight over the likes of Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee and Jim Miller on his way to his first UFC title fight against Chandler, a former Bellator champion who made an immediate impact in his UFC debut in January by knocking out Dan Hooker in less than three minutes.
With Khabib Nurmagomedov’s (29-0) retirement confirmed, Chandler and Oliveira leapfrog the likes of Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje to fight for the 155lb crown.
Poirier and McGregor are expected to complete their fight trilogy this July, also at lightweight, likely putting the victor there on course for a collision with whoever comes out on top between Chandler and Oliveira.
- Diaz vs Edwards: It will be the first non-title five-round co-main event in history.
Britain's Leon Edwards will face a big-name hurdle on his road to a welterweight title shot when he meets Nate Diaz in the second fight from the top at UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston, Texas.
The PPV, headlined by Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira for the lightweight championship vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov, will also feature a non-title five round fight beneath the top for the very first time as Edwards makes a quick return to action after his Mar. 13 bout with Belal Muhammad ended in a no-contest just 18 seconds into the second round due to an accidental eye poke.
Diaz, one of the company's most frequent bonus winners and formerly one half of the record UFC buyrate, has not fought since a defeat to Jorge Masvidal in 2019.
When Diaz was called out by Edwards in the past, the American responded: "And who the f— is this?"
Edwards had previously said: "Nate just dribbled for an hour about wanting to fight at 170 against winners… let’s see it then Nate Diaz.
"[I'm on an] eight-fight win streak and No.3 in the world. Let’s go if you still think you’re a real one."
Some were disappointed that Edwards' next fight was not confirmed to be a rematch with Muhammad, given the inconclusive nature of their meeting weeks ago
Diaz might be a heavy underdog, but he is a dangerous opponent for Edwards.
- El Cucuy is back
Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush will also be fighting in another lightweight bout at UFC 262.
Ferguson enters this fight on the first losing streak of his career. He fell short in both of his 2020 outings, losing by fifth-round TKO to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 and then dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to Charles Oliveira at UFC 256. Prior to those losses, Ferguson had won 12 consecutive fights with finishes of Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Kevin Lee, and Edson Barboza, among others.
Dariush has rattled off six consecutive wins dating back to November 2018, with four of those wins coming by way of knockout or submission. In his most recent outing, Dariush won a split decision over Diego Ferreira in a Fight of the Night award-winning effort on Feb. 6. The 12-year veteran also holds notable wins over Drew Dober, Rashid Magomedov, James Vick, Michael Johnson, and Jim Miller.
Beneil Dariush will soon face the biggest test of his career.
We’ll also be seeing Tony Ferguson on the road to redemption as the former interim lightweight champion (25-5) is set to take on Beneil Dariush, the latter on a six-fight win streak. Ferguson didn’t look himself at all through 2020, dropping a fifth-round TKO to Justin Gaethje last May (in a fight that should have been called much earlier), while being comprehensively out-grappled and out-fought by Charles Oliveira last December.
- sold out in minutes
According to Dana White, the UFC is two for two in quick sellouts as fans get ready to return to full capacity. White took to social media on Friday to announce that UFC 262, which is set to take place May 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, has “sold out in minutes” with 17,000 tickets off the market.
Ronaldo Souza will have his back against the wall when he faces fellow Brazilian middleweight Andre Muniz at UFC 262 in Houston on May 15, multiple people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Fighting following a report from Combate.
UFC 262 will take place at Houston’s Toyota Center and air live on pay-per-view, featuring Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight championship.
- Jacare’s Comback
“Jacare” Souza (26-9, 1 no contest) is on a three-fight losing skid under the UFC banner with defeats to Jack Hermansson, Jan Blachowicz — at light heavyweight — and Kevin Holland.
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion hasn’t won a fight since a third-round knockout over Chris Weidman in November 2018, dropping his overall UFC record to 9-6.
Muniz (20-4) won twice on Dana White’s Contender Series to earn a deal with the UFC, and earned a decision victory over Antonio Arroyo before submitting Bartosz Fabinski inside one round in his most recent appearance in September 2020.
“Sergipano,” a teammate of Thiago Santos at Rio de Janeiro’s TFT, enters the biggest fight of his MMA career on a six-fight winning streak that includes four first-round stoppages.
So that is it, everything you need to know for UFC 262. Who will be the new lightweight champion? will diaz beat the odds and finally put in a win again or does edwards finally claims his title shot? And will the old Tony be back now that the crowd is back?
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