The post-Khabib Nurmagomedov era of the UFC lightweight division has kicked off with a vengeance as Charles Oliveira won the title he vacated with his retirement at UFC 262.
Oliveira (30-8, 27 finishes) escaped big trouble in the first round to beat Michael Chandler via thrilling TKO at Houston’s Toyota Center in the UFC 262 pay-per-view main event, the stoppage coming at 19 seconds of the second round.
“I proved it to everybody. I’m the lion of lions,” Oliveira said via translator in the octagon.
Conor McGregor, who was famously stopped by Khabib in their title clash, was among those who congratulated Oliveira on the Brazilian's championship win.
Watch the knockout and its aftermath here: