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The official challengers have been announced to battle it out for the vacant lightweight title. The vacant belt was relinquished when former champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov officially retired.
The ex-champ Dustin Poirier surprisingly passed on the title shot, although once the head honcho, Dana White offered an explanation, it became a whole lot clearer.
“Dustin wants the rematch with Conor McGregor,” White said during the UFC 260 pre-fight press conference on Thursday. “That’s smart. That’s what he should do. He should take the rematch, take that fight. It’s a big fight for him.
“Kid’s worked hard his whole life, his whole career to be in a position like this. That’s the fight you take. We’ve been in positions like this before with others who have made the mistake of not taking that fight, and [it was the] biggest mistake of their lives.”
Charles Oliveira has well and truly earned his chance at the title. Racking up eight straight victories under the UFC banner dating back to June 2018, all capped off by a dominant decision victory over the former champ, Tony Ferguson.
On fighting Chandler, Oliveira had this to say.
“I’ll respect him, but I’ll walk forward the entire time,” he said. “If he comes to hit me hard, he’ll eat a counter. We both walk forward all the time. It will be two trucks colliding. I’m not afraid of getting hit. Hit me. If he takes me down, I’ll be doing what I love the most, which is jiu-jitsu. I’m not worried if I stay on the feet or get taken down.
“All he has is a heavy hand, a heavy punch. I’m complete on the feet and complete on the ground. The only thing he has better than me is wrestling, but I’ll use my jiu-jitsu if he tries to wrestle me so it makes no difference to me.
“Every wrestler that took me down, I made it happen. Will Brooks came from Bellator as the man and I took him down and caught him. I fought David Teymur, who had how many kickboxing matches, and I beat him on the feet before he took me down and I tapped him. Brother, I respect him a lot, but this is my time.”
Michael Chandler in his mind, has already won and is looking towards Conor McGregor. With controversy surrounding the potential third rematch of McGregor and Poirier, Chandler has made it clear his hand is up to take Dustin’s spot.
Chandler earned the title shot based on a stellar knock out of Dan Hooker in the co-main event of UFC 257. Prior to this, he had beaten Benson Henderson and Sidney Outlaw, cementing his spot as one of the top contenders of the lightweight category.
Rounding out the card as a co-main, Nate Diaz is back! One of the most popular fighters in the MMA, Diaz is back in the octagon for UFC 262 taking on Leon Edwards.
This will mark the first event five-round, non-title co-main event in UFC history. Diaz hasn’t fought since a loss in November 2019 to now huge contender Jorge Masvidal.
Edwards has been un-beaten in his past nine fights, winning eight in a row, earlier this month his bout against Belal Muhammad ended in a no contest after he his Muhammad with an accidental eye poke in the second round. His last lost prior to this, was to now champ, Kamaru Usman just before he conquered the belt.
UFC 262 at The Prince Consort. Choose your adventure.