‘The Sun Will Rise Tomorrow’- Michael Chandler Confident of Fighting For The UFC Title Again

Published 05/16/2021, 9:56 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Michael Chandler battles Dan Hooker during the UFC 257 event at UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


UFC 262 saw a new lightweight champion in the form of Charles Oliveira. The Brazilian finished Michael Chandler inside two rounds via T(KO) in what could be described as an upset win. Despite the loss, ‘Iron’ is confident of making a comeback to the title picture.

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Chandler appeared for the post-match interview where he described his loss and his immediate plans to return to the title picture. “I feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be, I do,” he said.

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“I just felt like I was in the right moment. A smile was on my face again. I feel like I’m fighting on borrowed time still. There were moments in my career where I’d never thought I’d end up here. I never thought the door would open and now it has. The first one was the highest of highs.”

Chandler then described he has no qualms in losing to an elite level fighter like Oliveira and he will reflect upon the loss and move on just like he did earlier with his losses.

“Fighting for a UFC title is a world-class opportunity. But as my son knows, every young man falls, but every young man gets back up. The sun will rise tomorrow,” he said.

He added later, “This sport moves quickly. I am still world class. Anybody next to get me into line for the title again, I believe I can beat them and beat anybody in the top five so we’ll see what happens.”

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How the match transpired between Michael Chandler and Oliveira?

Oliveira (31-8) started the proceedings by taking initial control of the match. He took the fight to the ground. At once, Chandler showed his back to Oliveira, which was enough for the latter to capitalize and lock in the guillotine choke.

In an attempt to get out of it, Chandler slammed himself backward, but to no avail. He somehow got out of it, rattled Oliveira with a left punch, and continued with some punch combos.

The good thing for Oliveira was that Chandler stayed on the ground with him, allowing him to negate a scare till the end of the round. ‘Do Bronx’ clearly was on the back foot going into the break.

The second round saw Oliveira taking control and in the slightest of openings, connected with a left-hand jab which stunned Chandler, and the former pounced on him with a flurry of punches. The ref saw no other alternative and stopped the match.

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Oliveira became the champ, a process which took 11 years in the making. He won via TKO which was least expected from him as he’s a grappling maestro. As for Chandler, he will look to bounce back strong soon.

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Can Chandler fight for the title soon?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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