Oliveria KOs Chandler to claim UFC lightweight crown

May 15, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Charles Oliveira reacts for his fight against Michael Chandler during UFC 262 at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Brazilian Charles Oliveira mounted a superb comeback to score a second-round knockout victory over American Michael Chandler to win the UFC lightweight title in the main event of UFC 262 in Houston, Texas on Saturday.

Fighting for the title left vacant by the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov last October, Oliveira escaped an early guillotine choke attempt and took Chandler's back, but the 35-year-old former Bellator champion was able to escape and land a string of powerful punches to leave Oliveria hanging on at the end of the first frame.

He collected himself in the break and came out strong again, dropping Chandler with a sweet left hook and following up with powerful strikes to force referee Dan Miragliotta to call a halt to the contest 19 seconds into the second round.

"I wanted to come here and show that I'm the best in this division...I'm proving to everybody I'm the lion of lions," Oliveira said in the octagon following his ninth straight UFC victory.

In the co-main event, Beneil Dariush dominated former interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson to put his name among the contenders that will be looking to challenge Chandler for the belt.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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