Fight cards don’t get much better than Saturday’s 12-bout card at UFC 262 at the Toyota Center in Houston. From crazy submissions to new contenders to a new lightweight champion, the fights gave fans their money’s worth.
Charles Oliveira was crowned the new lightweight champion with a second-round knockout of Michael Chandler. Beneil Dariush cemented his place as a title contender with a dominating win over Tony Ferguson. And Andre Muniz submitted the legend Jacare Souza.
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Christos Giagos (-228) def. Sean Soriano by submission (R2, 3:59)
Props: by submission (+547); under 2.5 (+157)
Matt’s pick: Giagos; Craig’s pick: Giagos
For more than 7 minutes, Sean Soriano’s return to the UFC was looking fantastic. He was flowing on the feet and piecing up ‘The Spartan’. Then Giagos sunk in a d’arce choke and it was all over. Giagos moved to 5-4 in the UFC while Soriano fell to 0-4.
Tucker Lutz (-136) def. Kevin Aguilar by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Props: by decision (+174); over 2.5 (-205)
Matt’s pick: Aguilar; Craig’s pick: Aguilar
One man enters; another man leaves? That appears to be the case after Tucker Lutz made a successful debut against Kevin Aguilar, who has now lost four straight in the promotion. It was an impressive performance from Lutz, who mixed in a well-rounded approach to win on all three judges’ scorecards.
Priscila Cachoeira (+196) def. Gina Mazany by knockout (R2, 4:51)
Props: by knockout (+549); under 2.5 (+160)
Matt’s pick: Mazany; Craig’s pick: Mazany
After getting stood up midway through the second round — as Gina Mazany wasn’t active enough in top position of Priscila Cachoeira’s full guard — ‘Zombie Girl’ capitalized on Mazany’s fatigue and started unleashing heavy blows. Cachoeira backed Mazany up to the fence and beat an exhausted Mazany until the referee intervened. It’s Cachoeira’s second straight knockout victory as she improves to 2-3 in the UFC. Mazany falls to 2-5.
Andrea Lee (+101) def. Antonina Schevchenko by submission (R2, 4:52)
In front of her her home state fans, Andrea Lee put her name in the 10-gallon performance bonus hat with an impressive triangle-armbar submission late in the second round. Lee wrapped up an early submission attempt in the second round and navigated the entire second round attempting to lock in that submission before Antonina Schevchenko finally tapped just after the 10-second warning of the second round. It snaps a three-fight skid for Lee, who is now 4-3 in the UFC. Schevchenko falls to 3-3.
Jordan Wright (-114) def. Jamie Pickett by knockout (R1, 1:04)
Props: by knockout (+287); under 1.5 (+127)
Matt’s pick: Pickett; Craig’s pick: Pickett
In a fight nobody expected to go the distance, it still managed to end quicker than we could have imagined. Jamie Pickett shot an early takedown, took a couple massive elbows to the skull and was just trying to survive the next 30 seconds before the referee could end the bout. Jordan Wright improved to 2-1 in the UFC; Pickett fell to 0-2 in the promotion.
Lando Vannata (+102) def. Mike Grundy by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Props: by decision (+222); over 2.5 (-186)
Matt’s pick: Grundy; Craig’s pick: Grundy
In a very closely contested fight from start to finish, the gameplan was clear for both fighters. Mike Grundy wanted to wrestle. Lando Vannata wanted to strike. Vannata defended nearly all of Grundy’s takedowns and had some success on the feet to impress two of the three judges enough to get the decision. It was Vannata’s first win at featherweight, the weight class he says he wishes to stay at. Grundy falls to 1-2 in the promotion with back-to-back defeats.
Andre Muniz (+107) def. Ronaldo Souza by submission (R1, 3:59)
Props: by submission (+714); under 1.5 (+161)
Matt’s pick: Souza; Craig’s pick: Souza
Excuse me? In a shock to absolutely everybody, Andre Muniz submitted jiu-jitsu wiz Jacare Souza for the first time in his 18-year career. In the first round, Muniz took Souza down and pinned his arm before he heard a snap. Jacare’s arm was broken and his career potentially facing a devastating final blow. Muniz improved to 3-0 in the UFC and picked up a ton of credit among the UFC faithful for topping a legend at his own game. Incredible!
Edson Barboza (+130) def. Shane Burgos by knockout (R3, 1:16)
Props: by knockout (+376); under 2.5 (+127)
Matt’s pick: Barboza; Craig’s pick: Barboza
Put this one up as a nomination for fight of the year! In an absolute firefight from the opening bell, Edson Barboza and Shane Burgos both took an all-action approach in a thrilling kickboxing battle. In the third round, Barboza caught Burgos with a jab and then an overhand right. Burgos tried to stay upright but slowly fell backward and faceplanted into the canvas in one of the odder knockouts you’ll ever see. Barboza improved to 16-9 in the promotion. Burgos dropped to 6-3.
What else would you expect from a Katlyn Chookagian fight? It was a close, competitive fight that went to the judges’ scorecards where inevitably the judges decided with Chookagian. “Blonde Fighter” clearly won the third round. The first was close. Viviane Araujo was in full mount and Chookagian possibly tapped in the second round before appearing exhausted late in the round. Bizarre fight that likely matters very little in the division.
Rogerio Bontorin (+143) def. Matt Schnell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Props: by decision (+438); over 2.5 (-107)
Matt’s pick: Schnell; Craig’s pick: Schnell
Well, this does nothing for the advancement of any division. Rogerio Bontorin did enough in each round to get the victory, including a dominant third round to put a cap on the fight. Bontorin, though, came in overweight at a weight division up from where he normally fights. Matt Schnell showed some quick hands early but couldn’t combat the power in Bontorin’s hands and falls to 5-4 in the UFC. Bontorin moves to 3-2 and snaps a two-fight skid.
Beneil Dariush (-150) def. Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Props: by decision (+157); over 2.5 (-152)
Matt’s pick: Dariush; Craig’s pick: Dariush
This was Beneil Dariush’s coming-out party. He looked competent on the feet for as little time as the fight took place there and thoroughly outclassed Tony Ferguson on the mat. Dariush maintained position and fought off every scramble from Ferguson, who was fighting for his life all 15 minutes. It’s a third straight loss for “El Cucuy”, who was at one point nearly tapping due to a leg lock. Dariush moved to 15-4-1 in the promotion and put himself in title contention sooner than later.
Charles Oliveira (-130) def. Michael Chandler (R2, 0:19)
Props: by knockout (+390); under 2.5 (-179)
Matt’s pick: Oliveira; Craig’s pick: Oliveira
What an incredible fight for as long as it lasted! Charles Oliveira had Michael Chandler’s back. Chandler had Oliveira rocked. That was just the first round. Then Oliveira caught Chandler with a left hook and finished with a flurry of blows to become the AND NEW! Lightweight Champion of the UFC. WOW!