Michael Chandler Says Charles Oliveira Has Tendency to Fade Away During Fights

Published 04/04/2021, 1:59 PM EDT


Michael Chandler can prove his worth in the UFC by heading into his lightweight title fight with Charles Oliveira at UFC 262. This coming May, the former Bellator champion, is looking to put all doubts to rest with a victory of Oliveira.

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The fast-rising 155 pounder envisions an easy victory over Oliveira en route to grabbing the title. Following the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov, the promotion tried their best to put interim lightweight title matchup of Oliveira against Dustin Poirier. But the latter just passed over the opportunity to book a trilogy fight against Conor McGregor.

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Chandler made a huge UFC debut at UFC 257 with a co-main event knockout finish over Dan Hooker, and as luck would have it, he was at the right place and time to be booked for the title.

During a recent interview, Chandler tried to size up Oliveira when he said, “He has a tendency to start fast and then fade.” He went on to explain his plans on how he will make short work of Oliveira.

If the fight remains on the feet, that will certainly favor Chandler, who has finished his last 3 pro fights by 1st-round knockout.

 

What Michael Chandler has in mind next after this fight?

This fight will be Chandler’s second fight in the UFC. However, there is another person he dreams to fight someday. That fighter is none other than Conor McGregor.

Chandler has been a huge fan of Irishman and hopes to defend his title (if he gets past Oliveira) against McGregor.

McGregor and Poirier will be on the hunt for bragging rights. It was the former who got the better of Poirier when they first met in 2014.

Poirier made it 1-1 early this year. Both fighters agreed for the trilogy bout in what promises to be a nail-biting encounter.

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The lightweight division is certainly heading into intense action. With a high-intensity title clash between Chandler and Oliveira and a trilogy bout between McGregor and Poirier. It’s almost a given that winners from both encounters will face each other later this year.

Who do you think will come out victorious from those two fights?

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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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