The UFC is in Houston, Texas for tonight’s UFC 262 ESPN+ pay-per-view card. In the headlining bout, Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler compete for the vacant UFC lightweight title.
The lightweight crown became officially available in March after UFC president Dana White acknowledged the division’s champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, had officially retired. Nurmagomedov’s last fight took place in October. He defended the title with a submission win over Justin Gaethje. After that win, Nurmagomedov said he was retiring at the request of his mother. Nurmagomedov retired from MMA with a perfect 29-0 record.
Oliveira, who has been with the UFC since 2010, is on an eight-fight winning streak. His most recent loss was a 2017 TKO setback to Paul Felder. Since then, Oliveira has seven stoppage wins and one decision victory. Oliveira, who is the No. 3 ranked fighter in the UFC’s official rankings, is coming off a decision win over former interim lightweight titleholder Tony Ferguson. Oliveira has the longest active winning streak in the UFC’s 155-pound weight class.
Chandler, who is a former three-time Bellator lightweight champ, made his UFC debut in January with a “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning TKO over Dan Hooker. Chandler ended that fight in 2:30. The former Bellator champion is the No. 4 ranked fighter in the UFC lightweight division.
Ferguson meets Beneil Dariush in the co-main event. Ferguson is on the first losing skid of his career. He’s dropped back-to-back fights. Before those losses, Ferguson put together a UFC lightweight record 12-fight winning streak. Dariush has won his six most recent fights.
How To Watch Or Live Stream
UFC 262 takes place Saturday at Toyota Center in Houston. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 262 PPV Card (ESPN+)
Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler
Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araújo
Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza
Matt Schnell vs. Rogério Bontorin
UFC 262 Prelims (ESPN & ESPN+)
Ronaldo Souza vs. André Muniz
Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy
Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko
Jordan Wright vs. Jamie Pickett
UFC 262 Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass, ESPN+)
Gina Mazany vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz
Christos Giagos vs. Sean Soriano