The undisputed UFC lightweight world championship is on the line again. With Khabib Nurmagomedov’s shock retirement last year, it was necessary to fight to create a title fight for the vacant belt. Charles Oliviera faced Tony Ferguson and decisively beat him in a 3 round bout.
In his UFC debut, Michael chandler knocked out Dan Hooker in arguably one of the best debuts in UFC history. Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor, one of the most shocking results of 2021. All three winners were offered the fight, Dustin opted to face McGregor again in a trilogy fight in July. So the UFC went with the Oliviera Chandler game.
Oliviera (30-8), a UFC veteran who has been on the promotion since 2010 and holds the record for most submissions in UFC history and currently on an 8-game winning streak, has been nothing short of impressive since his stint in the lightweight division.
He’s finished 7 of his last 8 wins, and if it weren’t for Tony Ferguson’s toughness, there should be 8 of 8 finishes, having nearly broken Ferguson’s arm. Michael Chandler (22-5), Chandler has been a three-time Bellator champion and has long been the face of the company. He made his UFC debut in January this year against Dan Hooker, making an undeniable entry into the top 5 in the standings and screaming for a title shot.
What makes this game exciting is the fact that UFC fans still don’t know much about Michael Chandler, coming from a different promotion and only been in a UFC ring for 2 minutes. Compared to Charles Oliviera who is a veteran and has been in 27 fights in the UFC, and UFC fans have seen a fight at one point.
We know what to expect from Oliviera, she’s a third degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu who could possibly subdue anyone in the lightweight division. Oliviera’s strike was her main improvement, knocking out 2 of her last 3 opponents and being able to outsmart Tony Ferguson on the feet, something few were able to do.
While Oliviera doesn’t have the one-punch KO power that some guys in the division have, he’s able to maintain punching volumes and combine strikes to lure you into an out to use his ground play. .
Michael Chandler is one of the fighters in the division who has the knockout power with a punch. We saw it in his fight with Hooker. You might miss that he’s also an NCAA Division 1 varsity wrestler with all-American honor. It’s about as good as a wrestling pedigree you can get outside of Olympic wrestling. This shows that Chandler is a versatile mixed martial artist, comfortable on the feet and on the floor.
However, I can’t imagine Chandler will want this fight to go to the ground, Oliviera is just too dangerous. Chandler has already been in numerous title fights in his previous Bellator organization, so his 5-round conditioning shouldn’t be a problem. I expect him to use his powerful punches to knock Oliviera back against the fence, using his melee work and shorter range to land his strikes.
Charles Oliviera, meanwhile, will use his longer range to keep Chandler’s punches at bay and away from his head. In the early rounds I think you can expect Oliviera to try to wrap those arms in the melee and try to drag the fight down to the ground, especially in the early rounds when both men are dry and Oliviera can use her Jiu-Jitsu more effectively.
The later the fight, and the more the two men sweat, Jiu-Jitsu becomes very difficult to put the opponent in the right positions to set up a submission. In later rounds, Chandler will be able to use his wrestling experience to escape Jiu-Jitsu positions, simply because Oliviera’s hold won’t be so strong. Chandler never lost by submission, so if Oliviera was trying to submit it had to be early. All of Chandler’s losses came from TKOs, but from those whose strike was their strength.
This game favors Chandler slightly, although some fans may not be entirely aware of the correct Chandler. I think after this main event we’ll get a good look at how good Chandler is, even if he loses. He’s a real contender at 155 pounds and will continue to be whether the results favor it or not.
If Chandler were to be victorious, UFC fans will have to start taking other promotions seriously and realizing that not all mixed martial arts talent is found inside the UFC. I understand that the depth of the UFC is greater, but those who are at the top of the other promotions can certainly participate in the UFC. To be considered the best in the world in mixed martial arts, it’s always been argued that you have to be a UFC champion, and that’s absolutely right, but seeing Chandler win the UFC world championship would help the conversation on that. .
The winner will inevitably get Conor Mcgregor’s winner against Dustin Poirier as the title’s first defense. Chandler has previously stated that he hopes Conor wins, not surprisingly as this is the biggest money fight in the UFC, add it with a lightweight title on the line it would bring in huge amounts of money. for the winner. Justin Gaethje is also waiting for the winner of these two fights and finds himself in a strange position on the sidelines.
Although this fight is for the world championship, I don’t think this fight necessarily defines who the best lightweight in the world is, we have to wait until all of those mentioned fighters go head to head and we get the last man standing at the top. , with the belt.
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