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“I will make it happen” – Charles Oliveira promises fans he will beat Michael Chandler at UFC 262




Charles Oliveira is thrilled with his shot at the UFC lightweight championship. The Brazilian will fight Michael Chandler UFC 262 May 15 for the vacant title.

The UFC has announced that lightweight champion Khabib Nurmahomedov has officially retired. With that decision, either ‘Do Bronx’ or Chandler will become the next 155-pound king.

Charles Oliveira has the longest string of active wins in the weight class, having won eight consecutive fights to Chandler at UFC 262.

His latest win, a dominant appearance against Tony Ferguson, has promoted the Brazilian to the title candidate status. However, he still had to press the UFC to crack the title.

Most fans and analysts expected it Dustin Poirier be the next guaranteed fighter to fight for light gold. However, the American seems to have chosen the “fight of money”, completing the trilogy against Conor McGregor.

In a video posted on his Instagram Charles Oliveira thanked his fans for attributing the title fight opportunity to their impact on the UFC.

“This fight only happens because you put pressure on them because you asked for it all the time. And we got it. Thank God. I’m going to dedicate myself 100% to training, more than I’m already doing,” said Charles Oliveira, translation. via Sportskeede.

“I will do it. This victory will be for us. I am so glad now – you have no idea how happy I am. I have already cried, I have already laughed. I can only thank everyone for this,” he concluded.

UFC 262 is scheduled to take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on May 15th. UFC President Dana White has announced that this will be the second event of the year with a crowd after UFC 261.

Charles Oliveira knew that a fight against Conor McGregor would not lead Dustin Poirier to the title

UFC 257: Poirier v McGregor
UFC 257: Poirier v McGregor

Interview with ESPN Ariel Helwani after UFC 257, when Dustin Poirier shocked Notorious in their rematch, Charles Oliveira was confident the UFC would not book Conor McGregor a title fight.

However, at the time, he believed that Poirier should be the one he would fight to win the 155-pound gold, not Michael Chandler.

“Conor against Dustin is a fight that sells a lot, but it shouldn’t take place right now. Conor was beaten, knocked out in the second round – it wasn’t a close fight. How are you going to put someone like that to fight for the title?” Said Charles Oliveira.

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Posted March 20, 2021, 6:31 AM IST