The division of Light weight will have a new champion, after the official retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov. In these hours, the dagestani, along with Dana White, announced the news that he will step aside and that his belt will be vacant. Therefore, the new leader of the category will be crowned when Michael chandler collide with Charles Oliveira. This, initially, would be at UFC 262 on May 15.
From Bellator Champion to UFC Leader?
After starring at Bellator, Chandler is excited. That being the case, days ago he said: «I think you have unfinished business. I think 29-0 is not enough for him. He wants 30-0 but it has to be the right challenge. That is really an interesting aspect. He already beat Justin Gaethje. He already beat Conor McGregor. He already beat Dustin Poirier. He’s already beaten pretty much everyone in the top five, apart from me and Charles Oliveira. I think my work talks about that.
«I think my experience in wrestling speaks to that. I think my resume is almost 50/50 when it comes to knockouts and submissions, superior control, damage and submission play, which I bring to the table, but I have to go out there and beat whoever they put in front of them. Whether it’s for the title or not, then I have to win the title, maybe defend it once, show that I can knock people out, “he emphasized.
From South America, to the world
Before the press, Diego Lima, manager of OliveiraHe stressed: “Honestly, I think he deserves to go straight for the belt. He’s coming off eight wins in a row, he beat Kevin Lee superbly and then he dominated Ferguson on all sides, and Ferguson is one of the best in the division, he won 12 in a row before losing a title fight, so I think Charles he’s ready and credible enough to fight for the belt. With due respect, Khabib ran over Gaethje. That must count, and a lot.
“I think Charles’s next fight has to be for the belt against the winner of Poirier and McGregor, not Justin Gaethje. But we know that this fight between Poirier and McGregor involves a lot of things. We know that Poirier’s victory means one thing, and McGregor’s victory changes the whole scene. I think the stakes are high in this fight. With due respect, Khabib ran over Gaethje. That should count, and a lot, “he also commented.
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