UFC will look to find their next lightweight champion on May 15th, as Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will compete for the promotion’s vacant 155-pound belt. News of the title fight was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN.
The fight joins UFC 262, a pay-per-view lineup that does not have a confirmed location currently.
UFC are searching for a new champion after the previous champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov, retired in the Fall following a title defense.
Chandler gets the title fight after a successful UFC debut in early 2021. The former Bellator Lightweight Champion had a quick performance in January, stopping Dan Hooker within a round at UFC 257. The fight was his third consecutive win when including the last part of his Bellator run.
Oliveira finds himself in the title position after putting together an impressive eight-fight win streak. He attached another win to that series with a dominant performance in December, earning a decision win over former title challenger Tony Ferguson.
The lightweight title fight is currently set to headline UFC 262. Here are the fights that have been announced for the card thus far.
Bout 7: Charles Oliveira (30-8) vs. Michael Chandler (22-5) (Vacant UFC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 6: Gina Mazany (7-4) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (9-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 5: Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) vs. Viviane Araujo (10-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Alex Perez (24-6) vs. Matt Schnell (15-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Andrea Lee (11-5) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (9-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Shane Burgos (13-2) vs. Edson Barboza (21-9) (Featherweight)
Bout 1: Jamie Pickett (11-5) vs. Jordan Wright (11-1) (Middleweight)