Michael Chandler is confident he will beat Charles Oliveira at UFC 262.
In the main event of the stacked pay-per-view card, Chandler is set to fight Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title. It’s a very intriguing matchup between Chandler who had a phenomenal debut and the Brazilian who is on a lengthy winning streak.
Although Oliveira has looked impressive as of late, Chandler still believes when the going gets tough, Oliveira quits as he did in the Paul Felder and Max Holloway fight. For the former Bellator lightweight champ, he expects to make Oliveira quit to win the belt.
“You miss weight that many times, I also was alluding to the Paul Felder fight, he tapped due to strikes,” Chandler said to ESPN. “You look at numerous fights. If he can’t impose his will on you, there comes a point where he looks at you and decides, okay, you’ve won this one. I’m done. I’m going to go collect half a paycheck and go home. I think there’s going to be multiple moments in this fight where he’s going to see it in my eyes. He’s going to feel the power that I possess. He’s going to feel that I only get better and he’s on a fast journey straight down to panicking, and I think that’s what’s going to happen.”
Michael Chandler is coming off his successful UFC debut where he scored a first-round KO over Dan Hooker. After the fight, he was hinting at a fight against Justin Gaethje but ended up getting a title shot. If he can beat Oliveira on May 15, it cements his case as one of the best lightweights ever and cements his legacy.
Before the move to the UFC, Chandler was coming off a first-round KO over Benson Henderson and entered free agency where he was quick to sign with the UFC.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime