WATCH: FACE-OFF Gets Intense as Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira Get Ready for UFC 262

Published 05/14/2021, 12:33 AM EDT


UFC 262 will go down this weekend with Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler battling it out for the vacant lightweight title in the main event of the pay-per-view. Ahead of the highly anticipated event, both fighters engaged in a heated face-off during the pre-fight press conference.

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Co-main event spot holders, Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush accompanied Oliveira and Chandler. Although both halves of the main event were respectful to each other during the press conference, they brought the heat during the face-offs. Both ‘Iron’ and ‘Do Bronx’ had the fire in their eyes.

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Chandler will make his second UFC appearance this weekend. The former multi-time Bellator lightweight champion had a stellar debut at UFC 257. Now, he aims to officially become the undisputed no.1 lightweight on the planet. However, he will have a major roadblock in Oliveira ahead of him.

‘Do Bronx’ has been a UFC fighter since 2010. After years of up and down, he has finally reached the top of the mountain. He is currently on an 8-fight winning streak at the UFC’s lightweight division. A dominating win over ‘El Cucuy‘ in December was enough to secure his position as the most deserving no.1 contender in the division.

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 road to a title fight couldn’t have been more different for either man. However, one can argue both are equally deserving. Chandler might not have been a UFC fighter for long, but his body of work over the course of his career has been incredible. So, he certainly belongs at the top of the mountain.

Charles Oliveira vs Michael Chandler: What to expect?

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Many believe Chandler’s explosiveness along with his power might be a recipe for disaster for Oliveira. However, ‘Do Bronx‘ has seen it all over the years. And one can expect him to be unfazed by anything ‘Iron‘ has to offer.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Michael Chandler punches Dan Hooker of New Zealand in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Brazilian is probably the best technician as a grappler in the current UFC roster. And his newly improved stand-up coupled with his basic strength is a scary proposition for any opponent. It remains to be seen if the fight is as intense as the face-off.

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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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