UFC recently released the full 15-fight lineup for their May 15th pay-per-view event, including four new bouts that were not previously reported by Knockdown News.
The headlining bout of the card sees Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler compete for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. All fights are scheduled to take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA.
Alvarez To Wager Three-Fight Win Streak Against Giagos
Joel Alvarez will attempt to continue his now-three-fight win streak at UFC 262, fighting Christos Giagos in a lightweight fight.
Alvarez has finished his last three fights after losing his UFC debut in 2019. His last win saw him submit Alexander Yakovlev within a round with an armbar.
Giagos returned to the win column in his last fight, defeating Carlton Minus on scorecards in December.
Alves To Make UFC Debut Against Ismagulov
Former Interim Titan FC Lightweight Champion Rafael Alves will get his first UFC bout at UFC 262, fighting Damir Ismagulov on the prelims.
The fight is a tough challenge for Alves, as Ismagulov enters the bout on a 14-fight win streak that includes three UFC wins. He has been out of action for quite some time now, with his last fight dating back to August of 2019.
Alves earned his UFC contract last year with a submission win over Alejandro Flores on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” The promotion has been looking to get his debut fight before, although two bookings earlier in the year fell through.
Grundy and Vannata Look To Bounce Back From Loss
Lando Vannata and Mike Grundy will fight for the first time this year at UFC 262. Both fighters took a loss in their recent appearance and will look to return to the win column in May.
Movsar Evloev extended his undefeated run against Grundy in July, fighting to a unanimous decision against him. Grundy’s previous UFC appearance was his first win under the promotion, stopping Nad Narimani in a 2019 bout.
Vannata’s last appearance saw him lose to UFC veteran Bobby Green in August. The fight was a rematch, as they fought to a draw in 2017 as well.
‘Contender Series’ Standout Lutz To Make UFC Debut Against Aguilar
Getting his first crack at UFC talent, Tucker Lutz will fight Kevin Aguilar on the PPV card. Lutz earned his 10th consecutive win in November, defeating Sherrard Blackledge on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” The win was his second for the TV series in that season, with his fight two months before being a win against Chase Gibson.
Aguilar will be looking to break a three-fight skid. While Aguilar’s UFC run started with two wins, he has since lost his lsat three, including a split decision loss to Charles Rosa last year.
Here is the full lineup for UFC 262 which was unveiled this week.
Bout 15: Charles Oliveira (30-8) vs. Michael Chandler (22-5) (Vacant UFC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 14: Leon Edwards (18-3) vs. Nate Diaz (20-12) (Welterweight)
Bout 13: Tony Ferguson (25-5) vs. Beneil Dariush (20-4-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 12: Gina Mazany (7-4) vs. Priscila Cachoeira (9-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 11: Katlyn Chookagian (15-4) vs. Viviane Araujo (10-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 10: Alex Perez (24-6) vs. Matt Schnell (15-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 9: Andrea Lee (11-5) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (9-2) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Shane Burgos (13-2) vs. Edson Barboza (21-9) (Featherweight)
Bout 7: Jamie Pickett (11-5) vs. Jordan Wright (11-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 6: Jack Hermansson (21-6) vs. Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 5: Jacare Souza (26-9) vs. Andre Muniz (20-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Christos Giagos (18-8) vs. Joel Alvarez (18-2) (Lightweight)
Bout 3: Damir Ismagulov (19-1) vs. Rafael Alves (19-9) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Mike Grundy (12-2) vs. Lando Vannata (11-5-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 1: Kevin Aguilar (17-4) vs. Tucker Lutz (11-1) (Lightweight)