“This Belt Could Change Hands Every Single Fight” – Michael Chandler Believes Charles Oliveira Might Lose His Title in His Next Fight

Published 05/21/2021, 10:15 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)


Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira locked horns at UFC 262 for the vacant UFC lightweight title. After suffering a second-round TKO loss at UFC 262, ‘Iron’ Chandler shared his thoughts on Oliveira being a champion. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

In the UFC lightweight division, UFC fans have witnessed several lightweight champions. So far, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the longest-reigning of all the 11 champions. He held the belt from April 2018 to March 2021.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: (R-L) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Michael Chandler in their UFC lightweight championship bout at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

‘Do Bronx’ did spectacularly claim the title at UFC 262. But the crucial question that arises is whether he will remain the champion or lose his title in the next fight. In an interview with ESPN MMA, Chandler shared many things, including the answer to the above question.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

‘Iron’ said – “I mean, that’s a hard one to answer because if I say no, then everyone’s gonna say, but you lost to him, so you gotta give him some props at least. But I do give him props. I do think Charles Oliveira is world class. But I think the beautiful thing about the lightweight division is, man, this belt could change hands every single fight.”

DIVE DEEPER

UFC Fight Night: Font vs Garbrandt- Rob Font vs Cody Garbrandt- Main Card Prediction and Analysis

about 1 month ago

Michael Chandler is glad to fight in the lightweight division

The UFC lightweight division has several elite athletes. Every fighter in the top 5 has the potential to claim the title. And Chandler feels the same way about the UFC’s lightweight division.

In the same interview, the #4 ranked contender said – “I believe I am a split second away to beat anybody in the top 5. For the belt or not for the belt, every single guy in the top 5 is in that same position. And that’s why the lightweight division is the most exciting, most electrifying division in the UFC. And I am glad to be right in the mix of it.”

DIVE DEEPER

UFC Releases Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Following His Devastating Arm Injury at UFC 262

about 1 month ago

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The lightweight division has many skilled fighters, and Charles Oliveira is one of them. So, that means he has the potential to become the longest-reigning champion. However, as the UFC lightweight division’s history speaks for itself, Michael Chandler’s intuition might come to fruition.

Do you see this happening?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Next Opponent for UFC Legend Jose Aldo Revealed

about 1 month ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Arman Khan

80 articles

Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT