Aljamain Sterling, Brian Ortega, Michael Bisping and Other UFC Stars React as Charles Oliveira Knocks Out Michael Chandler in Round 2

Published 05/16/2021, 12:55 AM EDT


The UFC’s lightweight division has always been one of the most talent-stacked ones in the company. Being a champion in any division in the UFC is tough, but it is even more so when the top 10 comprises fighters such as Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson, and Dan Hooker among others. 

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At UFC 262, Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler ushered in a new era for the 155-pound fighters. Oliveira went into the fight as an 11-year UFC veteran. In his lengthy spell, he set the record for the most finishes (17) and most submission wins (14) in the UFC

Meanwhile, Chandler, who had a decorated spell at Bellator MMA, received the title shot in his second fight. Hence, the journey to the title has been extremely different for both men. 

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The fight started off well for Oliveira, who escaped from a guillotine choke and took Chandler’s back. However, ‘Iron’ did a good job of fighting off the submission attempts and regaining a vertical base. He comfortably won round one.

Round two, however, was all Oliveira. He landed a crisp left hook that rocked Chandler. Once Chandler hit the ground, ‘Do Bronx’ followed that up with some shots on the ground, and that was the end of the fight.

Twitter reacts as Charles Oliveira is crowned the 11th lightweight champion 

One fan made an early prediction for the fight.

Ben Askren tweeted in support of his former college wrestling teammate.

Aljamain Sterling hyped-up fans for the main event on the night.

Marina Rodriguez, who secured a win last week over Michelle Waterson, was hyped for the main event.

Davi Ramos tweeted in support of his compatriot.

Marc Raimondi of ESPN hyped fans for the main event at UFC 262.

Brian Ortega commented on a wild first-round at UFC 262.

Rob Tatum scored the fight in favor of Chandler after round one.

Aljamain Sterling tweeted as Oliveira secured a second-round knockout and then jumped over the cage to greet Dana White.

Charles Oliveira impressed actor Lewis Tan.

Stephen Thompson commented on Oliveira’s toughness to get out of round one.

Ryan Clark commented on how beautifully the money shot was executed by Oliveira.

Fair to say that fans will agree with Shawn Bitter’s thoughts.

The former middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, congratulated the 11th UFC lightweight champion, Oliveira.

Derek Brunson commented on the roller coaster that was the main event at UFC 262.

Daniel Cormier, who was cage side, commented on the unpredictability of the sport.

Paul Felder lauded the grit and determination of Charles Oliveira.

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The UFC celebrated Charles Oliveira’s coronation.

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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