Update 5/16: It was a great night of fights. Below is the recap on what transpired.
Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler by way of second-round TKO at the 0:19 mark.
Dariush defeated Ferguson via unanimous decision by the scores of 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
Bontorin defeated Schnell via unanimous decision by the scores of30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
Chookagian defeated Araujo via unanimous decision by the scores of 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.
Barboza defeated Burgos via third-round TKO at the 1:16 mark.
Muniz defeated Souza with an armbar submission in the first round at the 3:59 mark.
Vannata defeated Grundy via split decision with the scores of 29-28, 27-30, 30-27.
Wright defeated Pickett via first-round TKO, 1:04
Lee defeated Shevchenko with an armbar submission in the second round at the 4:52 mark.
Cachoeira defeated Mazany via second-round TKO, 4:51
Lutz defeated Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Giagos defeated Soriano via second-round submission (choke hold) at the 3:59 mark.
The UFC 262: Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler main card UFC Odds are available. The UFC returns with another crowd-filled arena at the Toyota Centre, and the event is exceptionally stacked with talent. Read on for our complete betting guide and preview on this weekend’s favorite matchups, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.
The absence of Khabib Nurmagomedov from the UFC’s lightweight division has been painful for us all. Still, there is no better way to kickstart title implications than delivering fight fans with an elite level eliminator.
Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler
UFC Lightweight Championship Bout
Saturday, May 15, 2021 – 11:05 PM EDT at Toyota Center
Upon making his debut in the UFC, Michael Chandler surprised many critics with his first-round knockout over the highly skilled striker that is Dan Hooker. Chandler almost instantly skyrockets his UFC ranking into a position where championship gold was in sight. Sure, Dustin Poirier could have taken the title opportunity. Still, with a Conor McGregor contest providing a more significant payday, Mr. Chandler has found himself in a championship war against a dangerous Brazilian.
Chandler has a deep-rooted history on the wrestling mats; as an NCAA Division I All-American, it’s no surprise that his key attributes are siding with his wrestling offence. However, we cannot neglect the power in Chandler’s hands. A small, stocky stature provides an excellent wrestling base for the division and possesses some of the meanest hooks and overhand rights as finishing weapons.
The evolution of Charles Oliveira throughout his UFC tenure has been a humbling experience. During 2015-2017 he was riding a 2-4 record; expectations for the Brazilian native were starting to become low. But since his knockout loss to Paul Felder in December of 2017, Oliveira has racked up an impressive seven-fight winning streak in arguably, the most challenging division on the planet.
Stemming from a background in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), he owns the most submission victories in UFC history (14) and is currently tied with Donald Cerrone for the most finishes overall (16). To comment that Oliveira’s black belt has been used well is an understatement.
UFC 262 Main Event Prediction
The former Bellator champion Michael Chandler was scrutinized by critics and fans alike, “He’s not UFC worthy; he won’t survive here”. Well, those statements were quickly proved wrong, and for his second fight under the UFC banner, he is competing for gold. And in all honesty, it’s hard not to side with the elite wrestler in this position.
We will see wrestling & heavy-handed boxing versus jiu-jitsu & muay thai – I am leaning with the former. With that said, I do enjoy seeing the value in the under 2.5 rounds, strictly because both men have the ability and high percentage finish rates to match an encounter that should not exceed the seven-minute mark.
UFC 262 Best Bet: Under 2.5 rounds at -165 with BetOnline
Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush
UFC Lightweight Co-Main Event Bout
Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 11:05 PM EDT at Toyota Center
Beneil Dariush may not be a household name to the casual UFC viewer, but the diehard martial arts enthusiasts are all too familiar with his growth in the company.
A complete MMA skillset has separated Dariush from the pack. Now, after seven years with the company, he will finally receive the high-profile matchup he deserves. A six-fight win streak (one short of the current lightweight title contender Charles Oliveira) could gift the Iranian native with a title opportunity following a win this weekend.
Tony Ferguson is beloved by many and hated by few but is riding the first two-fight losing streak of his career. Snap Jitsu aside, Ferguson is most known for his willingness to fight and the longevity he’s previously out on display; the problem now, these skills are seemingly departing.
Dariush managed to handle the dangerous jiu-jitsu skillset of Diego Ferreira, which gives me the confidence to achieve the same versus Ferguson. I also anticipate the wrestling and power striking siding with Dariush, leaving little room or chance of victory for our MMA hero Tony Ferguson. Should this fight have been a five-round contest, my opinion would probably side with Ferguson, but I predict Dariush can wrestle, punch and outsmart his way to a raised hand across three rounds.
UFC 262 Best Bet: Beneil Dariush to Win at -165 with Bovada