UFC 262

UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler
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The poster for UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMay 15, 2021 (2021-05-15)
VenueToyota Center
CityHouston, Texas, United States
Total gate$4,110,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC on ESPN: Rodriguez vs. Waterson UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt

UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on May 15, 2021 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, United States.[3][4]


A UFC Lightweight Championship bout for the vacant title between former three-time Bellator Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira headlined the event.[5] Former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement immediately after defending his title at UFC 254 last October, citing his father's death from complications related to COVID-19 in July as the main reason behind it.[6] Despite his announcement, the title was never officially vacated as UFC President Dana White said several times that he believed Nurmagomedov would still fight again. White finally conceded on March 19 as he confirmed Nurmagomedov's retirement.[7]

A welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Nate Diaz (also The Ultimate Fighter 5 lightweight winner) was expected to take place at this event. It would've marked the first five-round non-title co-main event in UFC history.[8] However, Diaz pulled out due to a minor injury in early May and the bout was postponed to UFC 263.[9]

A flyweight bout between former UFC Flyweight Championship challenger Alex Perez and Matt Schnell was scheduled for the event.[10] However, Perez was forced to pull out due to undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by Rogério Bontorin and the bout took place at bantamweight.[11] At the weigh-ins, Bontorin weighed in at 137 pounds, one pound over the division's non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at catchweight and he was fined 20% of his purse, which went to Schnell.[12]

Joel Álvarez was scheduled to face Christos Giagos in a lightweight bout.[13] However, Álvarez was removed from the bout in early May due to alleged visa issues that restricted his travel. Giagos faced returning veteran Sean Soriano instead.[14]

A middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan was expected to take place at this event.[15] However, the bout was postponed to take place one week later at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt due to a COVID-19 case in Hermansson's camp.[16]

On May 14, it was announced that the UFC would be increasing bonuses (Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night) from $50,000 to $75,000. This increase was for this event only and was made at the request of former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson (also The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos welterweight winner), who received a raucous response from the audience in attendance at the UFC 262 pre-fight press conference when he made the proposal.[17]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler TKO (punches) 2 0:19 [a]
Lightweight Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Catchweight (137 lb) Rogério Bontorin def. Matt Schnell Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Flyweight Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araújo Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Featherweight Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos KO (punches) 3 1:16
Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)
Middleweight André Muniz def. Ronaldo Souza Technical Submission (armbar) 1 3:59
Featherweight Lando Vannata def. Mike Grundy Decision (split) (29–28, 27–30, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Jordan Wright def. Jamie Pickett TKO (punches) 1 1:04
Women's Flyweight Andrea Lee def. Antonina Shevchenko Submission (triangle armbar) 2 4:52
Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Women's Flyweight Priscila Cachoeira def. Gina Mazany TKO (punches) 2 4:51
Featherweight Tucker Lutz def. Kevin Aguilar Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Christos Giagos def. Sean Soriano Technical Submission (brabo choke) 2 0:59


Bonus awards

The following fighters received $75,000 bonuses.[19]

  • Fight of the Night: Edson Barboza vs. Shane Burgos
  • Performance of the Night: Charles Oliveira and Christos Giagos

See also


  1. ^ a b Mike Bohn (2021-05-16). "UFC 262 post-event facts: Charles Oliveira sets multiple records in title win". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  2. ^ Mookie Alexander (2021-05-20). "Report: UFC 262 generated at least 300,000 domestic PPV buys". www.bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  3. ^ Staff (2021-03-19). "Oliveira vs. Chandler to headline UFC 262". ufc.com. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  4. ^ Mike Bohn (2021-03-19). "UFC returns to Texas: Houston's Toyota Center to play host to UFC 262". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  5. ^ Brett Okamoto (2021-03-19). "Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov officially retired; Michael Chandler-Charles Oliveira for title". espn.com. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  6. ^ Dave Doyle (2020-10-24). "Khabib Nurmagomedov dominates Justin Gaethje, retires after UFC 254 submission win". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  7. ^ Damon Martin (2021-03-19). "Dana White confirms Khabib Nurmagomedov officially retired, no longer pursuing possible return". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  8. ^ Nolan King and Mike Bohn (2021-03-30). "UFC 262 books Nate Diaz vs. Leon Edwards for five-round co-main event in Houston". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  9. ^ Damon Martin (2021-05-03). "Leon Edwards vs. Nate Diaz rescheduled from UFC 262 in May to UFC 263 in June". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-05-03.
  10. ^ Daniel Cunningham (2021-02-22). "UFC books Alex Perez – Matt Schnell". empiresportsmedia.com. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  11. ^ Farah Hannoun (2021-04-21). "With Alex Perez out, Rogerio Bontorin targeted to fight Matt Schnell at UFC 262". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  12. ^ Staff (2021-05-14). "UFC 262 weigh-in results: Charles Oliveira, Michael Chandler set for vacant title". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  13. ^ Staff (2021-03-12). "Joel Alvarez faces Christos Giagos at UFC 262". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2021-05-06. (in Dutch)
  14. ^ John Morgan and Nolan King (2021-05-06). "Sean Soriano returns to UFC following six-year absence, faces Christos Giagos at UFC 262". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  15. ^ Damon Martin (2021-03-20). "Jack Hermansson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan booked for UFC 262". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  16. ^ Nolan King (2021-05-10). "UFC 262 loses Jack Hermansson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan; bout pushed back one week". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-05-10.
  17. ^ John Morgan and Nolan King (2021-05-14). "Dana White obliges Tony Ferguson, increases UFC 262 bonuses to $75,000". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  18. ^ "UFC 262: Oliveira vs. Chandler". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2021-03-19.
  19. ^ Steven Marrocco (2021-05-16). "UFC 262 bonuses: New champ Charles Oliveira banks $75k for Michael Chandler knockout". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-05-16.


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