‘It’s Time’ – Charles Oliveira Promises a Victory Against Michael Chandler by Any Means

Published 04/03/2021, 1:10 AM 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)


The UFC lightweight division is one of the most stacked divisions in the entire organization. Therefore, when the former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his belt and retired, six or seven fighters had genuine claims to fight for the title. However, the UFC has now decided that Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will fight for the belt in the main event of UFC 262.

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Oliveira talked to MMA Fighting in an interview about this new development. “I can’t say I knew I was going to fight [for the belt], we never know for sure, but I was very hopeful that this opportunity would come for me,” he said.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 15: Charles Oliveira of Brazil reacts to his submission victory over Jim Miller in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event Fiserv Forum on December 15, 2018, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He said that this is the opportunity of his life and that he’ll bring the belt home. “It’s time. I don’t care if it’s by knockout or submission or decision, I just want to have my hands raised,” he proclaimed.

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‘Do Bronx’ then revealed how emotional he got when he heard about the shot. He and his dad cried when their coach told them about it, as it meant a lot to them.

Charles Oliveira says their fight will be like two trucks colliding

He also added that he respected Chandler for his accomplishments. However, he’ll still walk forward the entire time. The lightweight title challenger revealed, “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.” 

Oliveira also revealed that if Chandler takes him down, he’ll use his superior jiu-jitsu skills. Oliveira has 19 wins by submission in his MMA career. Hence, Chandler has to be wary about that part of his game.

I’m not worried if I stay on the feet or get taken down,” he said. Oliveira is really confident about this fight, and he has a genuine reason to be. This will be Chandler’s second fight in the UFC while he is a relative veteran. “Do Bronx” is also on an eight-fight win-streak stretching back to 2017.

7DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Paul Felder celebrates his victory over Charles Oliveira during UFC 218 at Little Ceasars Arena on December 2, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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,” he concluded.

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It’s going to be an amazing fight between two of the most exciting fighters of the lightweight division. It’s a really close match-up, and whoever wins the fight will have no time to rest with the likes of Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson waiting in the wings.

Do you think Michael Chandler can beat Charles Oliveira?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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