Critic's were silenced on January 24, as Dan Hooker went crashing down to the canvas barely regaining consciousness before Chandler was already half-way in the air completing a back-flip off the Octagon. Labelled the 'greatest UFC debut' by some, the former Bellator Champion showed he belongs with the cream of the cop.
At just 2 minutes 30 seconds though, there isn't much to analyse on Chandler in the UFC. He showcased a pressing style and a willingness to close distance, and boy does he hold some heat with those hands. It was a quick left hook that sweetly connected on the Hangman, who admittedly looked tentative from the off. Power was the main takeaway from the American's debut, but will this play a part in Oliveira's thinking on the night?
History would say no. The Brazilian is a figure that loves to advance forward, smothering his opponents with unorthodox elbows, kicks, knees, and just about anything else he can throw. His stand-up game is not necessarily allusive though, and we would hold Chandler the more likely to land a KO. His short odds of 23/10 to do so justify this thought process, compared to Oliveira's 9/2.
Despite his opponent being a NCAA Division I wrestler, the Brazilian will no doubt be looking to go the ground. Do Bronx does not care for his opposition's credentials, as on the mat, nobody in the division can match his pressure and mount control. Oliveira dismantled Tony Ferguson in his last showing, submitting Kevin Lee prior. No fighter in UFC history has more submission victories (14) than the 31-year-old.
Such a prestigious record no doubt plays its part in the betting odds, with Oliveira coming through at 11/5 to win via such. Of Chandler's last nine wins, just one has been from submission, with his much larger odds of 11/1 being no surprise.
The American is not an easy man to take down though, and an outright price of 11/10, we're gunning for the 'upset' in this one.