3 standout performances from UFC 262.
The second UFC pay-per-view occasion in entrance of followers in consecutive months passed off in Houston, TX on Saturday evening for a card headlined by Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler for the vacant UFC light-weight championship. The cardboard was full of thrilling fights all through the evening, with many excellent performances.
Listed below are the three standout performances from Saturday evening.
The primary combat to kick off the evening between Christos Giagos and Sean Soriano set the tone for the remainder of the cardboard. In the course of the first spherical, Soriano was the aggressor, touchdown heavy strikes to Giagos, even gorgeous him just a few occasions. Giagos was in a position to impose his wrestling on Soriano at some factors of the spherical, however it was in the end a victorious spherical 1 for Soriano. Nonetheless, the second spherical was a lot completely different. Giagos was in a position to safe a takedown inside the first two minutes of the spherical and completed Soriano with a slick D’Arce choke for his second consecutive victory contained in the Octagon, and his nineteenth of his skilled profession.
The featured combat of the prelims between Andre Muniz and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza was the passing of the torch to a brand new Brazilian middleweight contender. In the course of the broadcast, Daniel Cormier identified that Muniz acknowledged within the fighter conferences that he was going to indicate on Saturday evening that he’s the higher grappler than the previous a number of time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Strikeforce champion, Souza. On Saturday evening, he did simply that, as he completed Souza within the first spherical through armbar which additionally broke the arm of Souza within the course of. The 31-year outdated former Dana White’s Contender Sequence’ product has received seven straight skilled bouts and certainly will look to crack the highest 15 within the middleweight division after his subsequent combat.
UFC 262 noticed the light-weight championship, which was not too long ago vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov up for grabs. Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler carried out a few of the most entertaining six minutes of blended martial arts that we’ve seen in a very long time. Oliveira and Chandler traded blows all through the primary spherical and likewise engaged in a lot of excessive degree grappling exchanges in spherical 1. Chandler surprised Oliveira in the course of the first spherical and it appeared as if he had an opportunity to complete the combat, however Oliveira defended properly and survived to the second spherical. Because the second spherical obtained underway, Oliveira was recovered from the prior spherical and got here out firing instantly. Oliveira was in a position to knockdown Chandler with a left hook, and proceeded to complete the combat at 19 seconds within the second spherical to turn out to be the eleventh undisputed UFC light-weight champion in historical past. Certainly one of many biggest UFC moments of 2021 to date.