Michael Chandler insists ‘the sun will rise tomorrow’ after TKO defeat to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262

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Michael Chandler insists ‘the sun will rise tomorrow’ after a second round knockout defeat to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 … and reveals he went into the fight with ‘another smile on my face’

Michael Chandler remained cheerful despite his knockout defeat in the second round to Charles Oliveira.

The 35-year-old had injured his Brazilian opponent in the first round of the match in Texas, but things turned astonishingly and the referee had to stop the fight just 19 seconds after the second round.

While it was Oliveira who became UFC’s new lightweight champion of the world, Chandler was gracious in the post-fight press conference and admitted that he was grateful for the chance to make it to the biggest stages.

Michael Chandler remained positive after his UFC 262 defeat to Charles Oliveira in Texas

The Brazilian became Lightweight World Champion after his second round TKO win

The Brazilian became Lightweight World Champion after his second round TKO win

“I just felt like I was at the right time,” Chandler said. There was a smile on my face again. I feel like I’m still fighting on borrowed time.

‘You know, there were times in my career when I never thought I would end up here. I never thought the door would open.

And now it has and the first was the highest of the highs and this one … it’s not the lowest of the lows.

Chander praised his opponent after the fight and revealed how excited he was for the fight

Chander praised his opponent after the fight and revealed how excited he was for the fight

The 35-year-old insisted he recover from defeat and figure out what went wrong

The 35-year-old insisted he recover from defeat and figure out what went wrong

Because Charles Oliveira is a world-class fighter, and fighting for the UFC title is a world-class opportunity. But as my son knows, every young man falls, but every young man gets up again.

‘The sun will rise tomorrow when I fly home without a seat belt. We’ve got some explanation to do, but we’re going to find out. ‘

The fight took place in front of a rowdy crowd in Houston, a week after 73,126 boxing fans watched Canelo Alvarez beat Billy Joe Saunders in Dallas.

Chandler revealed how much he enjoyed being able to fight for huge numbers again as sporting events around the world begin to welcome fans.

Chandler paid tribute to fans and said he was enjoying the moment despite the outcome of the fight

Chandler paid tribute to fans and said he was enjoying the moment despite the outcome of the fight

“I feel like I’m exactly where I should be,” Chandler added. ‘Yes, I just loved the moment. Enjoy (have) the fans back. I like to fight with the fans.

‘I loved being there with the fans. This is one of the reasons we do what we do.

‘Because the people who buy the pay-per-views, the people who come to the events, the people who cheer or cheer.

You know, talk nonsense on Twitter, it doesn’t matter. The highs, the lows, the happiness and everything in between. The fans make it what it is. ‘

UFC 262 event took place in front of a rowdy crowd in Houston on Saturday night

UFC 262 event took place in front of a rowdy crowd in Houston on Saturday night

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