Conor McGregor immediately took to Twitter to congratulate new UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira after his emphatic win over Michael Chandler in the main event of UFC 262 to become the promotion’s 11th UFC lightweight champion. McGregor sent out a message to the Brazilian fighter after his promising performance against the former two-time Bellator lightweight champion.
In what was a fast-paced action that lasted for two rounds, Oliveira got the better of Chandler in the starting minutes of the second round to clinch the lightweight gold.
It looked like Chandler would get the win in the first round, after a brutal left-hand wobbled Oliveira. Additionally, brutal ground and pound towards the end of the first round made it look like Chandler would get a comfortable win over the Brazilian specialist. However, when everything was said and done, it was the Brazilian fighter who got a TKO win over Chandler to become the lightweight champion.
Having spent more than a decade with the company, Chandler has time and again proved why he will go down as arguably one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Oliveira has picked up emphatic wins over the likes of Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson, and now Michael Chandler in his last three fights, having fought some of the greatest mixed martial artists in his MMA career including Max Holloway, and Jim Miller.
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McGregor wasted no time in issuing a challenge to the Brazilian ace, second-guessing who would be the 12th UFC lightweight champion all the while congratulating Oliveira.
Conor McGregor is set to take on Dustin Poirier in a trilogy bout at UFC 264 in July later this year. McGregor is coming off a KO loss against Poirier and will look to bounce back to the winning column with a win over the former interim champion. Needless to say, a win over Poirier propels McGregor straight to the title shot, and needless to say, the fighter standing next to him inside the cage – Charles Oliveira.
UFC lightweight division is stacked and looks extremely exciting, it will be interesting to see how the division moves going forward.