Charles Oliveira Predicts First Round Knockout Finish Against Michael Chandler at UFC 262

Published 05/11/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
ROCHESTER, NY – MAY 18: Charles Oliveira stands in the octagon during a lightweight bout against Nik Lentz at Blue Cross Arena on May 18, 2019 in Rochester, New York. Oliveira defeats Lentz in the second-round by TKO. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)


Michael Chandler fights Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 this weekend. ‘Iron’ will make his second appearance inside the Octagon against ‘Do Bronx’. He knocked out Dan Hooker at UFC 257 to make his promotional debut in an emphatic fashion. Now he fights for the belt against an omnipresent Brazilian in Oliveira.

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‘Do Bronx’ has been a UFC fighter since 2010. However, his star has never shone brighter than in recent times. After a struggling run at the featherweight division of the UFC, Oliveira decided to move up a weight class to lightweight. That decision has served him very well as he is currently on a 8-fight winning streak in the UFC’s 155 lbs division.

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Oliveira has a bold prediction for his first-ever title fight in the UFC. “Honestly? Do you want me to be honest? I think this guy will be knocked out in the first round,” said ‘Do Bronx’ in the UFC 262 countdown video. It’s a bold call from the Brazilian, to say the least.

Chandler has been a multiple-time Bellator MMA lightweight champion. Now he can officially solidify his status as the no.1 lightweight on the planet with a win over Oliveira. But his opponent is also determined more than ever. He will look to stop Chandler’s dreams of becoming a UFC champion.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Tony Ferguson in their lightweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

‘Do Bronx’ added two marquee names in Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee to his list of wins in his last two outings. A win against Chandler will see the Brazilian reach unprecedented status as a superstar fighter.

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Can Charles Oliveira keep up to his promise against Michael Chandler?

Oliveira is primarily known for his submission expertise. He is a wizard on the mat and can submit his opponents from any position. He holds the record for most submissions in the history of the UFC. However, his recently improved striking has been a great weapon for him as well.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Charles Oliveira of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Many believe it would be hard for ‘Do Bronx’ to dominate the ground game against a decorated grappler like ‘Iron‘. He certainly has the technical striking to fall back to in case his primary strength is nullified. Nevertheless, fans are in for a treat this weekend as UFC 262 gets closer.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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