Veteran UFC lightweight contender Charles Oliveira will not only have to worry about former Bellator 155-pound champion Michael Chandler, who will fight “Do Bronx” for the vacant belt at UFC 262 on May 15 at Houston will also have to deal with the 19,000 Texans crying out for “Iron” in their five-round main event.
That’s according to Chandler, who plans to clean some clocks at “The Lone Star State.”
“I walk out to a packed stadium in Houston, Texas, 19,000 red, white and blue-blooded Americans chanting my name, supporting me,” Chandler told MMA Fighting. “I go out and get in the face of Charles Oliveira immediately and he will notice and feel from the first exchange, because of the pressure I put on him, he will immediately begin to doubt himself. You will immediately start to overreact. He will immediately start to worry about his legs. “
Chandler (22-5) passed through Bellator MMA ranks and immediately tipped off the division with his first-round destruction of veteran contender Dan Hooker as part of the UFC 257 undercard in January.
That said, Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC) is the winner of eight in a row with seven violent finishes.
“I’ll go to his head. I will go to your legs. I’m going to go to your body. I’m going to mix everything up, ”Chandler continued. “One punch is going to land, it is going to wipe his watch. He will wake up to the bright lights of me standing on top of the cage about to raise my hand and the UFC gold around my waist. This is how it will go. I predict it will be in the first round. Then I predict a phenomenal ending for 2021 and then we’re going to carry this baby for a couple of years. “
Oliveira remains a slight betting favorite for their title fight on May 15.