I'm not sold on Oliveira either, but he's the champ, so good on him.
And no, his resumé isn't stellar. His best win is against a past-it Tony Ferguson, then it's debatable if his second best win is Chandler or Kevin Lee.
Prior to his last three fights, he lost every single one of his fights - without a single exception - to top tier fighters. Oliveira's a really good kill or be killed fighter, but I want to see him keep it up against top competition.
I think it is because it becomes a question of eye test vs resumé. Chandler's resumé is clearly lacking.Is that really a debate?
Kevin Lee hype train got derailed years ago mang. He is maybe, maybe at gatekeeper level. Chandler is a legitimately title contension level fighter imo.
I think it is because it becomes a question of eye test vs resumé. Chandler's resumé is clearly lacking.
Chandler's only UFC win came against Dan Hooker, who is a hell of a fighter himself, someone who has a very spotty resumé as well. Hooker's best win was a decision over Felder than I thought Felder clearly won.
Chandler also lost in Bellator against the 145 champ. Chandler's not a bum by any means, I just don't think he's really one of the top lightweights in the world either. His best win was almost a decade ago against Eddie Alvarez, one of the greatest fights that nobody saw because it got overshadowed by Shogun-Hendo on the same night.
When it comes to Lee Vs Chandler, I think Lee has two wins (Chiesa, Gillespie) that are better than anything Chandler has had since the Alvarez fight.
Maybe part of me still believes in Kevin Lee, maybe not as a future champion anymore, but I think he just needs to get his shit together and not spend half a fortune on a motherfucking scalp tattoo.