Khabib Nurmagomedov formally has given up his UFC lightweight championship, but it acquired’t be vacant for lengthy.
Light-weight contenders Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira are set to sq. off for the belt on Would possibly maybe furthermore simply 15 at UFC 262. The occasion would not currently have a publicly known location or venue.
Two folk with information of the matchup confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie on Thursday but requested to remain anonymous because the promotion has but to make an unswerving announcement. ESPN changed into as soon as the principle to narrate the information.
The longtime face of Bellator, where he changed into as soon as a 3-time champ, Chandler (22-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) entered free company and signed with the UFC in late 2020. At UFC 257 in January, he made his promotional debut with an impressive first-spherical TKO comprise over Dan Hooker.
A member of the roster since 2010, Oliveira (30-8 MMA, 18-8 UFC) enters his first title battle on essentially the most a hit flow of his UFC tenure. Oliveira has acquired eight consecutive fights, at the side of victories over Jim Miller, Kevin Lee and, most lately, Tony Ferguson at UFC 256 in December.
With the addition, the UFC 262 lineup involves:
- Michael Chandler vs. Charles Oliveira
- Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Ferguson
- Jamie Pickett vs. Jordan Wright
- Priscila Cachoeira vs. Gina Mazany
- Viviane Araujo vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell
- Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko
- Edson Barboza vs. Shane Burgos