Charles Oliveira made himself the man to inherit the throne Khabib Nurmagomedov left behind at 155lbs.
The Brazilian is the new lightweight champion after knocking Michael Chandler out in the second round of UFC 262’s main event.
The fight didn’t look like it was going that way in the first round, though. Chandler dominated Oliveira on all fronts, but particularly on the floor.
Then it took just 19 seconds for Oliveira to put Chandler away in the second round.
So what’s next for the man who has had officially the longest journey to a title in UFC history?
Well, there’s a fat chance that Khabib comes out of retirement to challenge him, but there are plenty of big names on the horizon.
The most obvious matchup would be the winner of Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier III on July 10 at UFC 264.
Poirier passed up a shot at the title to face McGregor again and who can blame him when you think about the money at stake. Their bout in January at UFC 257 was the joint-second best-selling pay-per-view in UFC history.
The winner of that fight makes an obvious number one contender for Oliviera’s belt, but Justin Gatheje is waiting in the wings as well and if either Poirier or McGregor wants time off after their potential win, Gaethje makes perfect sense.
Still, McGregor is the money fight for whoever the champion is and he remains the biggest box office sensation in all of MMA.
When the new champion was asked about possibly facing McGregor and defending the title in his home country of Brazil, Oliveira was visibly excited.
“That would be fantastic,” Oliviera said of defending his crown in Brazil. “Conor, since you’re so tough, first of all, beat Dustin and then come over to Brazil and I’ll put you on your ass.
“First, he has to get past Dustin. He’s just one of them guys that talks a lot. He’s got to get past Dustin first.”
A striking matchup between Oliveira and McGregor certainly intrigues and the Irishman has already suggested on Twitter that should he beat Poirier, he is targeting regaining a world title in his next fight.
Oliveira has been in the UFC for more than 10 years, since he was 20 years old. This was his first title shot. With a record of 31-8, the Brazilian has now won nine in a row and holds a host of records in UFC including the most submission victories ever in the UFC (14), the most performance bonuses in promotion history (10) and the most finishes in UFC history (16).