The vacant lightweight title will be up for grabs on Saturday night when Charles Oliveira takes on heralded newcomer Michael Chandler at UFC 262 as a slim -140 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Oliveira has been dominant on the road towards his first career title shot, posting wins in eight straight fights going into Saturday night’s matchup at the Toyota Center in Houston. Oliveira has finished opponents on seven occasions during his current win streak.
However, he needed a unanimous nod from the judges to earn the win in his last outing, a three-round clash at UFC 256 with former interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in which he was listed as a +150 underdog at sports betting sites.
A consistent finisher in the octagon, Oliveira enjoys no experience fighting in championship rounds. The 31-year-old Brazilian has seen 27 of his 30 career victories come inside the distance, and he holds the record for most submission wins in UFC history at 14.
However, Oliveira is set to face an equally effective finisher in Chandler, who makes just his second UFC appearance listed as a +115 underdog. A three-time winner of the Bellator lightweight championship during a decade-long stint with that promotion, Chandler carried over his dominance into his UFC debut.
Chandler tallied a first-round TKO victory over Dan Hooker at UFC 257, earning him a Performance of the Night bonus, and propelling him to No. 4 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Overall, Chandler has claimed victory in 10 of his past 12 outings, with four of his past five wins coming inside five minutes. He has also earned wins in each of his past two fights that have gone into championship rounds, ending a 1-3-0 run in marathon matchups.
Elsewhere on the UFC 262 odds for this weekend, Ferguson aims to rebound from his recent loss to Oliveira as he takes on Beneil Dariush as a +150 underdog. Ferguson is currently enduring the first losing streak of his career, as his defeat at the hands of Oliveira was preceded by a fifth-round TKO loss to Justin Gaethje in his bid to reclaim the interim UFC lightweight crown at UFC 249.
Conversely, Dariush’s star is clearly on the rise as he gets set for Saturday’s action as -185 chalk. The 32-year-old currently rides a six-fight win streak that has featured two finishes inside two rounds, and earned him four performance bonuses.
Earlier in the evening, Katlyn Chookagian will battle Viviane Araújo as a -140 favourite in women’s flyweight action, while a highly-anticipated flyweight clash has Shane Burgos taking on Edson Barboza as -140 chalk.