Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler, emanating from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The Octagon returns to a full arena of fans for the second time since pandemic restrictions started being lifted, as a sold-out crowd in Houston welcomes the UFC back, and they're going to be treated to seeing a brand-new champion being crowned.
The vacant UFC Lightweight Championship is up for grabs in the main event as Charles Oliveira looks for his ninth straight win when he battles Michael Chandler for the honor to be crowned the new champion. The title was finally vacated in March following the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Oliveira and Chandler emerged as the top two choices to battle for it. Oliveira is coming off a dominant decision win over Tony Ferguson in December, while Chandler had an impressive UFC debut, knocking out Dan Hooker in January.
In the co-main event, Tony Ferguson will look to end a two-fight losing streak when he takes on Beneil Dariush, winner of six straight fights. Also on the main card is a bantamweight bout between ranked flyweights Matt Schnell and Rogerio Bontorin, a women's flyweight fight as Katlyn Chookagian takes on Viviane Araujo, and a potential Fight Of The Year candidate between featherweights Shane Burgos and Edson Barboza opens the main card.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 PM eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
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> Christos Giagos (18-8, 4-4 UFC) vs. Sean Soriano (14-6, 0-3 UFC)
Giagos rocks Soriano early with a right hand and is pressing forward. Soriano lands a left that stuns Giagos a moment. Giagos goes for a takedown against the fence and is working for it. He gets it and takes the back of Soriano as they stand. They break. Giagos lands a right hand. Giagos with a right to the body. They trade in close range. Soriano with a right hand. They trade again. We have a timeout due to an eye poke but they fight on. Soriano lands a right hand and then a leg kick. Giagos shoots but Soriano defends and lands a leg kick. They trade in close. Soriano with some body shots and then lands a left hand. Soriano with a leg kick. Soriano lands another right hand. Soriano with a left hand and then a head kick that he slips on, but he gets right back up. Giagos gets a late takedown. 10-9 Soriano.
Giagos lands a right hand. They trade and Soriano lands a nice combo. Giagos gets a takedown and is in side control. Giagos looks for the D'Arce choke and has it locked in and Soriano goes out cold. Giagos with the nice comeback after losing the first.
Official Result- Christos Giagos def. Sean Soriano by submission (D'Arce choke) at 1:01 of Round 2
> Kevin Aguilar (17-4, 2-3 UFC) vs. Tucker Lutz (11-1, 0-0 UFC)
Lutz with a body kick to start. Aguilar with a leg kick. Lutz with another body kick and Aguilar lands a combo. Lutz with a left hook and they tie up. They trade to the body and break. Lutz with a leg kick as Aguilar lands a right to the body. Aguilar lands some. Lutz with a leg kick but Aguilar lands some counter punches. They trade in close range. Lutz with a body kick. Lutz lands a right hand and another body kick. Lutz with a leg kick. They trade and Lutz lands a nice left hook and then they exchange some more. Lutz gets a takedown into the guard of Aguilar but Aguilar being active off his back. Lutz lands some left hands from the top. Lutz finishes the round on top. 10-9 Lutz.
Aguilar lands a nice left hook to start the second. Lutz with a high kick that Aguilar mostly blocks. Aguilar with a left hand. Lutz with some leg kicks. Aguilar lands a leg kick and then Lutz lands one. Lutz with a nice left hook. Lutz lands a combo and then they exchange in close range. Aguilar working for a takedown against the fence but Lutz defending well. They break. Lutz lands a nice combo. Lutz with a body kick. They trade and Lutz with a knee to the body. Lutz with a right hand. Lutz gets a nice takedown and works in the guard of Aguilar. They get to their feet and trade punches. They trade leg kicks. Lutz with a leg kick and Aguilar just misses a big right hand. They tie up at the end. 10-9 Lutz, 20-18 Lutz.
Aguilar lands a left hand that connects and then lands a combo followed by a high kick. Aguilar connects again with the left hand. Lutz lands an uppercut. They exchange in close range. Aguilar swinging for the fences and connects. Aguilar with another right hand. He's trying to knock Lutz out. Lutz with a leg kick and then gets a takedown into the half-guard. Lutz working from the top but Aguilar works his way up. Lutz tries a takedown but Aguilar defends. Aguilar lands and goes for a takedown and lands a knee but Lutz reverses position. They break. Lutz with a leg kick. He lands another. Lutz with a right hand. He lands a leg kick. Lutz with a big left hand. Aguilar fires back and lands and lands a body kick. Aguilar with a combo. Aguilar with a body kick. 10-9 Aguilar, 29-28 Lutz.
Official Result- Tucker Lutz def. Kevin Aguilar by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Gina Mazany (7-4, 2-4 UFC) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (9-3, 1-3 UFC)
Mazany with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Both are landing punches as Mazany presses forward and they clinch. Mazany gets a takedown. They get to their feet and Mazany gets it back down to the ground. Cachoeira lands some body punches from the bottom. Mazany pressuring from the top. Mazany lands a sharp elbow. Mazany still landing from the top. They get to their feet. They break and trade in the pocket. Mazany lands some knees in the clinch and gets another takedown. Mazany working in the half-guard and landing punches as Cachoeira is stuck on the bottom trying to play defense. 10-9 Mazany.
Mazany ducks under a Cachoeira punch and gets a takedown right away in the second. Mazany landing from the top. Not much is happening as Mazany has control from the top and Cachoeira has no answer. Mazany tries to work for the back but ends up back on top and lands some punches before getting back in Cachoeira's guard. Mazany rolls around and lands from the top. They are stood up by Mike Beltran. Mazany with a body kick and then lands another. Mazany with a body kick and Cachoeira lands a right hand. They trade. Mazany with a left hand. Cachoeira lands a right hand. Mazany looking tired. Mazany with a body kick. Cachoeira lands some right hands. They trade against the fence and Cachoeira lands some punches. They clinch and Cachoeira with some knees before breaking. Cachoeira lands a right hand. Cachoeira teeing off and Mazany is hurt standing. Cachoeira then hurts Mazany with some punches and it is over. Cachoeira with the big comeback win in this one.
Official Result- Priscila Cachoeira def. Gina Mazany by TKO (punches) at 4:51 of Round 2
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> Andrea Lee (#11, 11-5, 3-3 UFC) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (#12, 9-2, 3-2 UFC)
Lee with a leg kick and Shevchenko lands a counter. They trade in close range. Shevchenko with some punches. Lee lands a right hand. Lee lands in close as Shevchenko slips away. Shevchenko lands some punches and they clinch. They trade knees and Lee lands an elbow as they break. They trade in close range and Shevchenko landed good. They trade and clinch and Lee with some body punches as Shevchenko lands some knees. They trade knees now. They break. They trade and clinch for a second. They trade again and Lee with a body kick. Lee lands a hard body kick and then they connect on each other before clinching. Lee gets Shevchenko down to the mat and is working in the guard. They end the round with Lee on top. 10-9 Lee.
Shevchenko with a leg kick while Lee lands a right hand and they get to the mat after a Lee takedown but scramble right up. Lee gets a head-and-arm throw takedown and is in side control. Lee with some elbows. Lee with a right hand as she gets to the mount and then locks a triangle choke in. Lee landing elbows while she has it locked in. Shevchenko trying to fight it off as Lee lands some punches. Shevchenko is fighting it off as Lee is landing elbows. Lee has the arm and went for the armbar but let go and still has Shevchenko in the triangle. Lee with more elbows as Shevchenko is still trying to escape. Lee still working hard for something but Shevchenko is showing some good defense. Lee has the arm extended and the armbar is locked in and Shevchenko taps! Excellent win for Lee as she stayed patient and finally found the submission she was looking for.
Official Result- Andrea Lee def. Antonina Shevchenko by submission (triangle armbar) at 4:52 of Round 2
> Jordan Wright (11-1 1 NC, 1-1 UFC) vs. Jamie Pickett (11-5, 0-1 UFC)
They trade kicks. Pickett lands a body kick asthey trade in close and Pickett goes for a takedown against the fence. Wright landing elbows that hurt Pickett and is trying to finish. They get up and Wright lands some knees and he's all over Pickett. Wright landing and knocks Pickett down with a knee and a lot of big punches ends it. What a finish by Wright.
Official Result- Jordan Wright def. Jamie Pickett by TKO (strikes) at 1:04 of Round 1
> Lando Vannata (11-5-2, 3-5-2 UFC) vs. Mike Grundy (12-2, 1-1 UFC)
Vannata lands early. Vannata with a body kick and then a leg kick. Grundy looks for a takedown against the fence and lands a low blow and we have a timeout. They get back to action. Vannata lands a right hand and then a high kick. Vannata with a body kikc and Grundy gets a brief takedown before they scramble up. Grunday has the back standing and tries a slam but Vannata rolls and they are on the feet with Grundy having the back. They separate. Vannata with a step-in knee and tries a high kick but Grundy gets him down though they scramble up. They break and both land punches. Vannata with a high kick. Grundy gets the back standing and is tryung a takedown but Vannata gets away. Vannata landing and Grundy gets a brief takedown but Vannata gets up and runs away. Vannata with a body kick. 10-9 Vannata.
They trade to start the second. Grundy was trying for the takedown but Vannata defending. They break and Vannata with some leg kicks. Grundy still trying for the takedown but Vannata is getting away from them. Grundy lands a nice right hand. Vannata with a high kick. There was a fight in the crowd. Vannata lands a combo. Vannata with a combo and a leg kick. Grundy still trying for a takedown but Vannata defending. Vannata with a body kick. Grundy lands a hard right hand that Vannata eats perfectly. Vannata with some body kicks. 10-9 Vannata, 20-18 Vannata.
Grundy trying a takedown but Vannata defending. Vannata lands a hard knee and Grundy gets him down but Vannata trying to scramble up. Grundy has the neck and control in the sprawl and is looking for a choke. They get to their feet and Vannata with a big takedown as he's on the top and they stand. Grundy lands a right hand but Vannata backs him up with a combo. Vannata lands a knee as Grundy misses a takedown attempt. Vannata with a leg kick. Grundy just barely lands a right hand. Grundy lands a left hand but Vannata with a body kick. Grundy with a right hand. Grundy tries a long takedown but Vannata easily defends. Vannata with a body kick and right hand. Grundy with a body kick and Vannata lands a knee. 10-9 Vannata, 30-27 Vannata.
Official Result- Lando Vannata def. Mike Grundy by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
> Ronaldo Souza (26-9 1 NC, 9-6 UFC) vs. Andre Muniz (20-4, 2-0 UFC)
Souza with a leg kick. Souza with a body kick. Souza with another body kick and a right hand. Souza with a body kick and then a flurry as he goes for a takedown against the fence. He gets Muniz down. Souza with punches from the top as he stands. Muniz is able to force a scramble up. They trade and Muniz gets a takedown and is working from the top with short left hands. They scramble up and Muniz has the back against the fence. They break and Souza lands a right hand. Muniz with a high kick. Muniz gets a brief takedown and has the back standing as they get up. Muniz jumps up for a choke but Souza escapes for a second and Muniz is able to lock in an armbar and SOuza taps! Wow, what a submission out of nowhere as Muniz submits Souza.
Official Result- Andre Muniz def. Ronaldo Souza by submission (armbar) at 3:59 of Round 1
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> Shane Burgos (#9, 13-2, 6-2 UFC) vs. Edson Barboza (#13, 21-9, 15-9 UFC)
They are swinging right away and Barboza with a leg kick. Barboza with another legkick and some more as Burgos is trying to land punches. Barboza with another leg kick. They trade and Burgos lands a right hand. Barboza with a right hand. Barboza tries a spin kick but Burgos grabs him but they break. Barboza with a leg kick. Both are looking for openings while Barboza continues to land the leg kick. Burgos with a body combo. Barboza with more leg kicks. Burgos lands a right hand. They trade in close range. Barboza lands a spin kick right to the head of Burgos and he eats it. They then trade. Barboza with a right hand and Burgos stumbles. Burgos lands a left hand. Barboza with a right hand and then a leg kick and another. He lands another. Burgos with a left hook late. 10-9 Barboza.
Burgos landing the jab right away. Burgos lands a right hand. Barboza with a leg kick. Barboza with a spin kick to the body. They trade jabs. Burgos lands a right hand. Barboza with a body kick. Barboza with more leg kicks. They trade. Burgos lands a left hand. Burgos with a combo. Burgos with a left hook to the body and Barboza with another leg kick. Burgos with a leg kick and right hand. They trade in close range. Barboza with a spin kick. Barboza with a leg kick. They're trading in close range. Barboza with a jumping knee. Barboza with a body kick. They trade and Barboza just misses a wheel kick. Burgos lands a left hook. Close round. 10-9 Burgos, 19-19.
Burgos with a leg kick and Barboza fires one back. Barboza lands a left hand and an inside leg kick. Burgos with a left hand. They trade in close range. Barboza lands a big right hand and Burgos stumbles a few moments later and falls to the ground and Barboza gets on top and finishes it off. What a fight as Barboza picks up the win.
Official Result- Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos by TKO (punches) at 1:16 of Round 3
> Katlyn Chookagian (#2, 15-4, 8-4 UFC) vs. Viviane Araujo (#7, 10-2, 4-1 UFC)
Araujo lands the jab. They each land in a close exchange. Chookagian lands a right hand. Araujo with a combo and then lands a big right hand. Araujo with a combo and then a leg kick. Chookagian lands a left hand. Araujo with an overhand right. Araujo with a right hand. Araujo lands a left. Araujo with another right hand. Araujo lands a right hand. Chookagian throwing a lot but not landing much of it. Chookagian lands a left hand and Araujo with a left hand to the body. They trade and Araujo goes for a takedown against the fence. Chookagian with a knee. They both land knees in the clinch. 10-9 Araujo.
Chookagian lands a body kick and Araujo stumbles to the mat for a moment but gets right up. They trade kicks. Chookagian with a body kick. They trade punches. They trade and Araujo gets Chookagian down to the mat and is in side control. She's looking for a guillotine choke and has it in. She lets go to land punches. Araujo gets the mount. Araujo landing body punches from the top. They scramble to their feet and break. Chookagian with a left hand. Chookagian with a combo as Araujo looking tired. They trade in close range. 10-9 Araujo, 20-18 Araujo.
Chookagian with a body kick. Araujo lands a right hand. Chookagian with the jab and Araujo lands a right hand. They trade in close range. Chookagian with a leg kick. They continue to trade but neither landing anything clean or damaging. They trade in close range. Araujo tried a takedown but Chookagian defended and they trade on the break. Chookagian with a leg kick and some follow-up punches. They trade late. Both have a late flurry. Close fight. 10-9 Chookagian, 29-28 Araujo.
Official Result- Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araujo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
> Matt Schnell (#8, 15-5, 5-3 UFC) vs. Rogerio Bontorin (#9, 16-3 1 NC, 2-2 UFC)
Bantamweights* (Bontorin missed weight by 1 pound)
They trade in close range. Bontorin with a leg kick as Schnell is pressing forward. Schnell with a combo as Bontorin lands a leg kick. They trade in close range. They trade in close. Bontorin lands a left hook. Bontorin with a leg kick and Schnell stumbles a little. Schnell with a combo in close. Bontorin with a leg kick. Schnell with a body kick. 10-9 Schnell.
Bontorin with a leg kick. Schnell with a leg kick. Bontorin lands a nice left hook. They trade inside the pocket. Bontorin lands a nice combo as they trade a flurry. Bontorin lands a left hook. Bontorin lands a combo and rocks Schnell. Not a lot going on as they're just trading periodically. 10-9 Bontorin, 19-19.
Schnell landing more to start the third and Bontorin lands a right hand. Schnell with a combo. Bontorin with a leg kick. Bontorin with a leg kick. Both landing and Schnell lands a little more. Schnell lands a combo. They trade in close range. Bontorin landing a flurry against the fence and lands a flying knee and gets a takedown and is working in the guard of Schnell. Bontorin working from the top and keeping Schnell on the bottom. Bontorin in side control. Bontorin gets the back and lands punches and Schnell rolls but Bontorin still on top. 10-9 Bontorin, 29-28 Bontorin.
Official Result- Rogerio Bontorin def. Matt Schnell by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Tony Ferguson (#5, 25-5, 15-3 UFC) vs. Beneil Dariush (#9, 19-4-1, 13-4-1 UFC)
Dariush with a short combo and leg kick. Ferguson with a body kick. Dariush swinging wildly. Dariush with a leg kick and lands a left hand. They are both swinging and Dariush lands and gets a takedown. Ferguson looking for something from the bottom. Ferguson with some elbows from the bottom. Dariush gets back into the full guard. Both landing on the ground. Dariush landing from the top as Ferguson is trying to escape. Dariush ends the round on top. 10-9 Dariush.
Ferguson with a body kick. Dariush throws some punches and backs Ferguson against the fence and gets him down. Ferguson looking for a choke from the bottom. Dariush just holding on but not doing anything to improve. Ferguson lets go of the choke. Dariush throwing wildly from the top. Ferguson able to scramble out. They scramble and Ferguson ends up on top and now Dariush looking for a leg lock. He has a heel hook locked in and Ferguson is screaming but Dariush lets go and gets on top. Dariush smothering from the top. Dariush ends the second in side control. 10-9 Dariush, 20-18 Dariush.
Ferguson with a front kick and right hand. Both are swinging and Dariush trying for a takedown and gets a slam and has Ferguson pinned against the fence. Dariush not doing much from the top but Ferguson also not doing much from the bottom. Dariush just smothering from the top but still not doing a whole lot. Dariush almost gets the mount but ends up in the guard. Ferguson just throwing legs around but not doing anything of note. Ferguson throws some elbows from the bottom. 10-9 Dariush, 30-27 Dariush.
Official Result- Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Charles Oliveira (#3, 30-8 1 NC, 18-8 1 NC UFC) vs. Michael Chandler (#4, 22-5, 1-0 UFC)
UFC Lightweight Championship
Oliveira with a quick leg kick. He lands another. Chandler with some rights to the body. Chandler lands a left hook. Oliveira gets a takedown and Chandler has a guillotine locked in but Oliveira pops out. Oliveira gets the back and is working for a choke. They stand and Chandler does a back fall onto Oliveira to try and escape but Oliveria still has the back. Oliveira with an elbow. Oliveira with body punches. Chandler escapes. Chandler with some punches as he stands and Oliveira is on the mat. Oliveira gets to his feet. Chandler lands a left and then a right that drops Oliveira and he's teeing off. Oliveira survives and tries for an armbar as Chandler gets in his guard. Chandler with punches. Chandler with a big elbow and a hammerfist. Chandler with more elbows and he moves to side control for a second then back into the guard. Chandler ends the round on top. 10-9 Chandler.
Oliveir drops Chandler with a left and is teeing off. Chandler stands and Oliveira drops him again and finishes him off with a huge flurry to win the title. Oliveira runs out into the crowd to celebrate with some friends and the place is going crazy.
Official Result- Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler by TKO (punches) at :19 of Round 2 to win the UFC Lightweight Championship