Chandler, three-time Bellator MMA champion where he spent most of his career, finally has his chance on the biggest stage of the UFC. He’s been entering that 10-2 title fight since 2015 and after making a thunderous debut in January when he stopped Dan Hooker in the first round. He does have a tough opponent at Oliveira, however, as the Brazilian is one of the sport’s top submission specialists. Oliveira recently broke the record for most submissions in UFC history as he begins an eight-game winning streak.
There are plenty of other fights to be sparked on this map. Rising lightweight contender Beneil Dariush is back when he takes on former interim champion and perennial contender Tony Ferguson in the co-main event. Ferguson will start the first two-game losing streak of his career. Plus, action fighters Shane Burgos and Edson Barboza meet in a featured featherweight contest. And Matt Schnell takes on Rogerio Bontorin in a flyweight bout to open the PPV festivities.
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With so much going on on Saturday night, let’s take a closer look at the full fight card with the latest William Hill Sportsbook odds before we get to our staff’s predictions and picks for the PPV portion of the festivities.
UFC 262 fight card, odds
Cotes via William Hill Sportsbook
- Charles Oliveira -135 vs Michael Chandler +115, lightweight championship
- Beneil Dariush -160 vs Tony Ferguson +135, léger
- Katlyn Chookagian -135 vs. Viviane Araujo +115, female flyweight
- Shane Burgos -150 vs Edson Barboza +125, featherweight
- Matt Schnell -165 v Rogerio Bontorin +140, flyweight
- Ronaldo Souza -125 vs Andre Muniz +105, middleweight
- Antonina Shevchenko -120 vs Andrea Lee +100, female flyweight
- Mike Grundy -120 vs. Lando Vannata +100, lightweight
- Jordan Wright -110 vs Jamie Pickett -110, middleweight
- Gina Mazany -210 c. Priscila Cachoeira +175, female flyweight
- Tucker Lutz -120 vs Kevin Aguilar +100, featherweight
- Christos Giagos -220 vs Sean Soriano +180, léger
With such a massive main event on tap, the CBS Sports crew went ahead with predictions and picks for the main card. Here are the creators of your choice: Brent Brookhouse (combat sports writer), Brian Campbell (combat sports writer, “Morning Kombat” co-host), Matthew Coca (producer), Jack Crosby (editor), Michael Mormile (producer) and Brandon Wise (editor).
UFC 262 pick, predictions
|Chandler contre Oliveira||Chandler||Chandler||Oliveira||Chandler||Oliveira|
|Dariush vs. Ferguson||Dariush||Ferguson||Dariush||Ferguson||Dariush|
|Chookagian vs. Araujo||Chookagian||Chookagian||Chookagian||Chookagian||Chookagian|
|Burgos c. Barboza||Barboza||Burgos||Barboza||Barboza||Barboza|
|Fast against Bontorin||Bontorin||Quickly||Quickly||Quickly||Bontorin|
|Files to date (2021)||16-8||16-8||16-8||17-7||13-11|
Campbell explains why Chandler will win: Oliveira has reconstituted himself as a force of nature during an impressive eight-game winning streak in the sport’s deepest division. His ability to end fights in dramatic fashion, especially on the pitch, makes him a small but very understandable betting favorite. But did I mention the house money Chandler seems to be playing with after blasting Dan Hooker with a punch in his UFC debut before skipping the line to a title shot? Chandler operates with a supreme level of confidence and has the edge in a powerful hitting to lure Oliveira into a shootout and finish it.
Brookhouse explains why Chandler will win: Chandler’s fight makes it look like this could be the deciding factor in this fight. Oliveira probably won’t be able to outsmart Chandler like he did with Ferguson. And why would Chandler try to take the fight to the ground? This means this is a stand-up fight and this is where Chandler should be able to lure Oliveira into high-risk trades where he has the power to end the fight. Of course, Chandler isn’t insensitive to the stoppage and Oliveira has the skills to mark the finish, but the more Chandler can force the action, the more likely he is to come out with the Championship.
Campbell explains why Dariush will win: Have wars and injuries caught up to Ferguson at 37? Dariush is the perfect opponent to find out about this, which makes for great matchmaking. Ferguson has lost two straight games in particularly one-sided fights. Aggressive Dariush, meanwhile, has won six in a row and wants to finally be considered among the elite at lightweight. While Dariush isn’t a technical dynamo, he’s aggressive and hits hard, which might be enough to send Ferguson completely into the twilight of his career.
Brookhouse explains why Ferguson will win: Dariush is a talented fighter who is in the second tier of the lightweight division due to his aggressiveness and just enough technique to thrive against everyone except the guys at the top. Unless Ferguson is completely down, he’s a cut above the guys Dariush excels at. Likewise, Dariush is a cut below the elite-operating guys like Oliveira and Justin Gaethje – and exactly the kind of guy Ferguson has always handled well. As time goes by with Ferguson it feels like too much is being read in the fact that he just ran into two guys who are fully clicking in the best performances of his career. If Ferguson still has gas in the tank, this is the kind of fight he wins.
Campbell explains why Barboza will win: Burgos has been out for almost a year following a heartbreaking loss to Josh Emmett in which he fought bravely but failed while taking great damage in their Fight Contender of the Year. Can he summon the same level of resolve against an even more dangerous attacker in Barboza? There is at least enough reason to question him with Barboza being the wrong type of opponent to be less than your best against you. Barboza has proven in his last two fights that the move to 145 pounds suited him well at 35. A win here could make him a dark horse in the title image.
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