Charles Oliveira (pictured, blue gloves) fights Michael Chandler in the vacant lightweight championship headliner of UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
The UFC is headed back to Texas.
The promotion announced Friday that UFC 262 will take place at Toyota Center in Houston on May 15. A lightweight bout between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler headlines the card, with the winner taking home the UFC championship vacated by the retired Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UFC President Dana White recently expressed interest in holding an event in Texas shortly after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 2 lifting all COVID-19 restrictions, allowing for business to reopen at 100 percent capacity. Abbott has also lifted county mask mandates.
The Toyota Center has a listed maximum capacity of approximately 19,000 for concerts.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March of last year, the UFC has primarily held events on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
This is the second event announced this month by the UFC to take place in a location with no attendance limits. UFC 261 on April 24, headlined by a rematch between welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal, will be hosted at VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., which was also the site for a trio of post-outbreak events last May.