After only one win within the UFC, albeit a powerful one, former Bellator champ Michael Chandler has scored a UFC light-weight title combat. At UFC 262 on Might 15 he’s scheduled to satisfy Charles Oliveira for the belt that was lately vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Chandler’s promotional debut was a shocking KO of Dan Hooker. The American has received virtually half of his 22 victories by strikes. And he thinks he’ll add one other TKO/KO to his file after he faces Oliveira.
He lately instructed TMZ that he expects to maintain the combat standing versus Do Bronx. That feels like good technique because the Brazilian is among the sport’s most harmful submission artists.
Oliveira, who has received his final eight fights, has 30 wins on his file and 19 of these are by submission. Within the UFC he’s tapped Kevin Lee, Jim Miller and Will Brooks to call a couple of.
Chandler instructed TMZ he’s not anxious about getting subbed by Oliveira.
“Charles Oliveira poses lots of threats on the bottom, however I’ve by no means even come near getting submitted,” he stated (ht MMA Mania). “I’ve acquired form of a sixth sense in the case of the bottom sport to not be submitted. One of the best ways I want to go on the market and end him is simply to hit him as arduous as I can quite a few occasions on the toes. Maintain the combat standing, put him in panic mode, knock him out within the first spherical. If not the primary spherical, dig a little bit deeper and go into the second, go into the third. He’s a man who begins to decelerate, particularly when you begin placing the strain on him. I’m superb at preserving my foot on the fuel for 25 minutes, I’ve finished it a dozen occasions now. So man, go on the market and knock him out within the first or second spherical, get my hand raised in entrance of an enormous Houston crowd on Might fifteenth, accumulate my paycheck, kiss my spouse, and determine what’s subsequent.”
Chandler has by no means been submitted in his profession. His solely losses are shut cut up selections to Eddie Alvarez and Will Brooks and TKOs to Brooks, Patricio Freire and Brent Primus (ankle harm).
He came to visit to the UFC off of back-to-back of KO wins in opposition to Sidney Outlaw and former UFC light-weight champion Benson Henderson. These wins got here after his loss to Freire, which value him his Bellator light-weight title.