UFC 262: Oliveira vs Chandler Fight Picks

 

After 27 fights in the UFC over the past 11 years, Charles Oliveira has finally arrived at a title fight. In a time in the sport where the hierarchy of champions and contenders has been borderline abolished, Oliveira has earned his position to fight for the coveted UFC Lightweight title purely on the merit of his performances.  

Charles Oliveira (-134) vs Michael Chandler (+114)

Stylistically this contest favors Chandler. Fanduel odds have Oliveira as the slight favorite, which many people may find surprising considering the hype behind Chandler after his UFC debut where he thrashed Dan Hooker in short order. Chandler is a stocky aggressive fighter with high-level wrestling and serious power in his hands, the perfect body type and style that tends to do good against a fighter like Oliveira. The Brazillian keeps a very high guard much like a traditional Muay Thai fighter, his chin low and has very active footwork, has a high output of strikes, and is always moving forward. His kicks are especially beautiful to watch because the technique is perfect, he is always fainting with his legs and throwing jumping kicks and knees.

At the end of the day 

The fanduel underdog pick is enticing, but the favorite is the pick to make for this contest. Oliveira has fought power punches before, and although he’s been met with some criticism for breaking mentally in the past, the roll he has been on has just been too hot. Chandler can end this fight very early, but Oliveira has the best BJJ on the roster coupled with the fight IQ, and the striking skills to either knock Chandler out or submit him.

Pick: Charles Oliveira

Tony Ferguson (+146) vs Beneil Dariush (-174)

Fanduel betting odds has a Ferguson as a slight underdog which is not surprising. In his last fight against Oliveira, he wasn’t the Tony we’ve seen in the past. In this sport, it only takes one subpar performance to all but write off your previous success’s in the eyes of the fans and media. Beneil Dariush on the other hand has been on some kind of roll, with a fight of a night war in his last outing and 2 KO‘s in a row in his previous fights. Technically speaking, Ferguson has more tools in his tool belt when it comes to boxing. He cuts more angles, has more unorthodox movement, and has a knack for splitting the defense and launching punches through opponents’ guard. Dariush may not have as diverse of a tool belt, but his fundamentals are strong, and he most certainly has the power advantage. A lot of people forget that Dariush comes from a BJJ background because of the evolution of his style and the penchant he has developed for striking.  

At the end of the day  

Out of the two, Dariush is the more accomplished grappler, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be able to out grapple the unconventional 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu product. Both fighters are tough as nails, and at this point in both of their careers, typically the win would have Dariush’s name all over it. But the revelation that Dariush is expecting his firstborn, and has plans on taking a few months after this fight no matter what the result is could be telling about where his head is mentally. Against a highly psychological fight like Ferguson, it could be a real difference-maker at this juncture. 

Pick: Tony Ferguson  

Shane Burgos(-134) vs Edson Barboza (+128)

Barboza is fresh off of his first win at Featherweight and enters this fight as the fanduel underdog against the impossibly tough Burgos. This is a strong candidate for Fight of the Night, Burgos refuses to take a step backward and has no qualms about stepping right into a firefight. He has very strong boxing both technically speaking and power-wise, he also has a strong defense that gives him the confidence to stay in the pocket and take whatever openings he can dig into. What more can you say about Barboza? The guy has one of the most impressive KO’s in UFC and a long highlight reel of masterful decimations of top-tier talent. 

At the end of the day 

Technique-wise, Barboza is the more skillful striker. With no telegraph on anything he throws and a knack for sparsely throwing unexpected attacks his opponents never see coming, he is a serious threat to anyone that stands before him. Burgos may not be as skillful, but he can withstand tremendous punishment to land damage of his own, and if he can survive the first round of this fight, his accurate boxing will allow him to score effectively enough to earn the win throughout 3 rounds.

Pick: Shane Burgos 

Katlyn Chookagian (-136) vs Viviane Araujo (+116)

Chookagian is fanduel betting favorite for very good reason, she’s extremely well rounded, has underrated grappling skills, and has fought the best competition the UFC has to offer. Viviane Araujo is coming off of the biggest win over her career after putting on a dominating performance over a veteran of the sport, Roxanne Modafferi. 

At the end of the day 

The JuJitsu based Araujo is a threat to Chookagian on the ground and is without question the bigger and stronger fighter. However, with Chookagians experience against a higher caliber of fighter, Araujo offers nothing that she hasn’t seen before. It’s bound to be competitive, but Chookagian is poised to come out on top in this one. 

Pick: Katlyn Chookagian   

Whether Chandler powers his way to a victory or Oliveira finesses his way into a win, history will be made at UFC 262. No matter who the victor is, a new era of the UFC lightweight title will be ushered in on Saturday night. 

Are you ready to make your fight picks? Head over to fanduel and enter the fight night contest for this weekend!

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