A new chapter in UFC lightweight history began Thursday when Dana White officially acknowledged Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement and the lightweight title was vacated.
It only took a few moments to book a new championship fight. Charles Oliveira (30-8 MMA, 18-8 UFC) will finally get his shot at UFC gold when he faces Michael Chandler (22-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a double for Nurmagomedov’s newly abandoned belt in UFC 262 in May. fifteen.
The moment of change of scenery, naturally, got a big boom in the MMA community. For more information, check out Twitter’s top reactions to top news about the UFC’s 155-pound division.
Intelligent! Very smart!
Bossman is using the old “hey sure we can just be friends …” strategy.
Not without its own risks, I have to choose the right moment or Khabib will be all “Honestly, no, I’m flattered, but I see you more as a brother.”
But don’t discount Dana just yet! https://t.co/48UzK87AEO
– Ant Evans (@AntEvansMMA) March 19, 2021
The UFC lightweight division is officially open to the public.
Oliveira-Chandler for the vacant title
Besides Gaethje, Dos Anjos, Makhachev …
– Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) March 19, 2021
Happy for the two guys. Whoever wins, it’s an incredible story. Either Michael Chandler becomes UFC lightweight king in two fights after a run in which he was told he wasn’t that great, or Charles Oliveira’s journey on the “road less traveled” reigns supreme. I am hooked. # UFC262 https://t.co/fW4HpT7Fhu
– Nolan King (@mma_kings) March 19, 2021
I was of the opinion that Oliveira should have taken advantage of the fact that Nate Díaz called him because I thought he would be the one who would be left out, but he was wrong. Good for him! https://t.co/9LPw5UAbtW
– Simon Samano (@SJSamano) March 19, 2021