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UFC 262 Results and Takeaways

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UFC 262 was another stunning viewing for the promotion, with 26 fighters in action on Saturday night. We had seven finishes in an action-packed event, with a new champion in the lightweight division! Join us as we take a look at the UFC 262 results and give some of our biggest takeaways from the show.

UFC 262 Results

Main Card

Charles Oliveira def. Michael Chandler via TKO – Round 2 (0:19) – New UFC Lightweight Champion
Beneil Dariush def. Tony Ferguson via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x3)
Rogerio Bontorin def. Matt Schnell via Unanimous Decision – (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Katlyn Chookagian def. Viviane Araujo via Unanimous Decision – (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos via TKO – Round 3 (1:16)

Prelims

Andre Muniz def. Jacare Souza via Technical Submission (Armbar) – Round 1 (3:59)
Lando Vannata def. Mike Grundy via Split Decision – (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Jordan Wright def. Jamie Pickett via TKO – Round 1 (1:04)
Andrea Lee def. Antonina Shevchenko via Submission (Triangle Armbar) – Round 2 (4:52)

Early Prelims

Priscila Cachoeira def. Gina Mazany via TKO – Round 2 (4:51)
Tucker Lutz def. Kevin Aguilar via Unanimous Decision – (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Christos Giagos def. Sean Soriano via Technical Submission (Brabo Choke) – Round 2 (0:59)

Bonuses

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

UFC president Dana White raised the stakes for UFC 262 by upping the bonuses to $75,000.

UFC 262 Takeaways

Charles Oliveira – Champion in the First Time of Asking

The Brazilian Charles Oliveira shed tears of joy when he became the UFC lightweight champion for the first time in his career when he finished Michael Chandler in the second round of the main event. After a ropy first round with Chandler inches away from finishing Oliveira, it didn’t take long in the second round for Oliveira to land a perfect shot on Chandler, which dropped him to the canvas and Oliveira finished it from there.

After the first five minutes, it was an extremely close affair with Chandler probably edging the first. He was coping with the wrath of Oliveira’s takedowns, and at a point, Chandler was throwing bombs. It looked like it was going to be all over for the Brazilian. What we have learned from the fight is Chandler is a brilliant fighter and he definitely deserved that shot. He’s so strong and powerful for a lightweight. There’s no doubt he will be back fighting for that title one day.

Not only did Oliveira win the belt but he now holds the record of the most finishes in the UFC. His TKO over Chandler was the 17th finish of his UFC career. He’s now unbeaten in his last nine fights and he also earned his 11th Performance of the Night bonus.

Is Time Running Out for Tony Ferguson?

Tony Ferguson
HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: Tony Ferguson looks on after being defeated by Beneil Dariush of Iran during their Lightweight Bout at the UFC 262 event at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Tony Ferguson faced his third straight defeat against Beneil Dariush on Saturday night. The judges gave all three rounds to Dariush in a dominating performance over “El Cucuy”. After being dominated by Justin Gaethje, Oliveira, and now Dariush, it’s hard to see what the future holds for Ferguson.

For Dariush, though, the future looks bright as he heads into the top-five in the lightweight division and big things are on the horizon for him. It was his seventh straight victory and his domination over Ferguson on the ground proves he could be a tough test for the new champion Oliveira.

Now 37 years of age, Ferguson doesn’t have long left in his MMA career. He could choose to compete for many more years, whether that’s inside the UFC or not. However, Ferguson’s time competing at the top looks to be over. He’s slowing down with age, that’s clear, but it doesn’t mean we couldn’t still see him in some brilliant fights. We all look forward to Ferguson fights, so surely the UFC could find a fight we would all love to see.

Edson Barboza Finishes Shane Burgos in the Most Bizzare Fashion

Without a doubt, this battle deserved the Fight of the Night bonus. These two featherweights put on a show with their fast jabs and powerful striking. It was hard to split the two going into the final round but Edson Barboza got the job done by finishing Shane Burgos in one of the most bizarre endings we’ve seen in the UFC.

In the third and final round, Barboza clipped Burgos with a right hook. Then, five seconds after taking the shot, Burgos started to stumble. He quickly stumbled all the way back into the cage and just fell to the canvas. Barboza pounced and finished Burgos with strikes, even though the fight was clearly done when Burgos was falling back.

Shane Burgos
HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: (L-R) Shane Burgos falls back after taking punches from Edson Barboza of Brazil in their featherweight bout during the UFC 262 event at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

It was certainly something we see once in a blue moon, with everyone shocked at what they were seeing. After the fight, it’s clear Barboza is a real threat in this featherweight division. He’s competed in lightweight for many years, so he’s a big guy for this weight. He lost against Dan Ige in a very close split decision in his featherweight debut, but he’s improved with a win over Makwan Amirkhani and now Burgos.

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