UFC ‘set to make Michael Chandler vs Charles Oliveira’ for vacant lightweight title on May 15 with Khabib’s retirement set in stone
- Dana White shared photograph with Khabib Nurmagomedov confirming retirement
- UFC president should now transfer lightweight division on from Russian’s reign
- He is reportedly set to tee up combat for vacant title between prime contenders
- Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira may compete for belt at UFC 262
Michael Chandler is in line to combat Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title now that Khabib Nurmagomedov has formally retired.
The Russian’s choice was confirmed by Dana White after a meeting on Thursday and now the 155-pound division should plan for life after the champion.
According to ESPN, the plan is to have Chandler and Oliveira compete for the vacant belt at UFC 262 on May 15.
Charles Oliveira (left) is ready to face Michael Chandler (proper) for the vacant title in May
Dana White posted an image with Khabib Nurmagomedov and confirmed his retirement
It is just not but identified the place the cardboard will happen however a brand new face can have possession of the belt.
White confirmed Khabib’s retirement by posting an image of them collectively alongside the caption: ’29-0 it’s. He is one hundred pc formally retired. It was unimaginable to watch you’re employed, Khabib.
‘Thank you for EVERYTHING and luxuriate in no matter is subsequent my buddy.’
The UFC haven’t but made an official announcement a couple of combat for the vacant belt and it had beforehand been thought that Justin Gaethje would tackle Chandler subsequent.
Chandler demolished Dan Hooker on a exceptional debut at UFC 257 in January
But Oliveira has received eight fights in a row and is totally deserving of a possibility.
Dustin Poirier is ready to face Conor McGregor in a trilogy combat and though he may have pursued the belt, he’s chasing an even bigger payday in opposition to the Irishman.
The winner of that will little doubt be subsequent in line to lock horns with the brand new champion and the division can be again on observe after months of limbo.
Conor McGregor is ready to tackle Dustin Poirier subsequent of their trilogy bout however not for the belt
Khabib’s retirement initially got here as an emotional choice final year following the dying of his father Abdulmanap.
But maybe that has been bolstered by his shut buddy and team-mate Islam Makhachev proving his credentials by not too long ago beating Drew Dober.
He would by no means have fought Makhachev, who’s tipped by many to be a future champion in the identical weight class.