Venue: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, United States
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on May 15, 2021 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, United States.
At UFC 262 on May 15, Khabib Nurmagomedov's lengthy reign as the top lightweight in the sport will officially be over. After UFC president Dana White finally accepted Nurmagomedov's retirement, the promotion moved to set a fight between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira for the now-vacant championship inside Houston's Toyota Center.
Chandler is coming off an impressive win in his first trip to the Octagon, knocking out Dan Hooker in the first round at UFC 257 in January. The win immediately put the former three-time Bellator lightweight champion in the mix at the top of a loaded 155-pound division.
Oliveira is on an incredible run, winning eight consecutive fights, seven of which came by stoppage. The UFC's all-time leader in submission victories made the biggest statement of his career in his most recent outing, dominating Tony Ferguson to win a wide decision at UFC 256 this past December.
Former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement immediately after defending his title at UFC 254 in last October, citing his father's death from complications related to COVID-19 in July as the main reason behind it. Despite his announcement, the title was never officially vacated as UFC President Dana White said several times that he believed Nurmagomedov would still fight again. White finally conceded on March 19 as he confirmed Nurmagomedov's retirement.
In the co-main event, Nate Diaz returns to the Octagon for the first time since November 2019 when he takes on top welterweight contender Leon Edwards. The fight is the first time in UFC history that a non-title fight will be contested over five rounds outside of the main event slot.
A welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight winner Nate Diaz is expected to take place at this event. It will mark the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history.
A flyweight bout between former UFC Flyweight Championship challenger Alex Perez and Matt Schnell was scheduled for the event. However, Perez was forced to pull out due to undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by Rogério Bontorin.
Official Fight Card
|Lightweight||Charles Oliveira||vs.||Michael Chandler|
|Welterweight||Leon Edwards||vs.||Nate Diaz|
|Lightweight||Tony Ferguson||vs.||Beneil Dariush|
|Women's Flyweight||Katlyn Chookagian||vs.||Viviane Araújo|
|Featherweight||Shane Burgos||vs.||Edson Barboza|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Middleweight||Ronaldo Souza||vs.||Andre Muniz|
|Middleweight||Jack Hermansson||vs.||Edmen Shahbazyan|
|Women's Flyweight||Andrea Lee||vs.||Antonina Shevchenko|
|Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Lightweight||Lando Vannata||vs.||Mike Grundy|
|Middleweight||Jordan Wright||vs.||Jamie Pickett|
|Lightweight||Rafael Alves||vs.||Damir Ismagulov|
|Women's Flyweight||Gina Mazany||vs.||Priscila Cachoeira|
|Featherweight||Kevin Aguilar||vs.||Tucker Lutz|
|Lightweight||Joel Álvarez||vs.||Christos Giagos|
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.