Charles Oliveira
Do Bronx

Brazil

New UFC Lightweight Champion
LightweightUFC
May 15, 2021
Oliveira became the new undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Michael Chandler via TKO (punches) at 0:19 of Round 2 at UFC 262 in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Unbelievable. Oliveira's 28th UFC bout and 17th stoppage win are both new company records. Those two stats pale in comparison to him becoming the new lightweight champion. It almost didn't happen. Charles floored Chandler with a low kick just seconds after the opening bell rang, but it was all downhill from there for the Brazilian in Round 1. He survived a very deep guillotine from Chandler in addition to somehow surviving a massive flurry of strikes along the fence from the American. Chandler appeared to be in full control entering Round 2, but Oliveira connected with one counter strike that dropped Chandler, and the fight was over following a couple follow-up shots. Charles is an elite submission specialist, one of the best in the history of the sport, but it is the improvement in his striking the past couple years that won him this belt. Oliveira, now 31 years old, arrived on the scene in the UFC as a kid back in August 2010. Nearly 11 years later, he is the undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion. "Do Bronx" did it the hard way and deserves the reward. On top of the belt, he'll earn a $75,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
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To fight for Khabib's vacant title
LightweightUFC
March 19, 2021
Oliveira will face Michael Chandler for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 262 on May 15, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It doesn't feel quite right to see a 155-pound title fight without Dustin Poirier involved in it, but few are more deserving of this title shot than Oliveira. He's now won eight consecutive fights, with seven stoppages over that span. His only decision was a thorough dismantling of top contender Tony Ferguson back at UFC 256 last December. He'll now take on an opponent in Chandler with just one fight in the UFC, but it was a Performance-of-the-Night winning knockout from a former Bellator champion. Oliveira has built his incredible winning streak on the foundation of his grappling and overall ground game, but Chandler will be no easy mark to get to the ground. Chandler is a Division 1 All-American wrestler and Big 12 conference champion runner-up, so takedown defense is a major asset. If it does get settled on the feet, however, Oliveria will have a two-inch height and three-inch reach advantage.
Completely dominates Tony Ferguson
LightweightUFC
December 12, 2020
Oliveira defeated Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
The term "flawless performance" gets thrown around in this sport far too often. This was legitimately a flawless performance from Oliveira. He dominated Ferguson from bell to bell, with the highlight being a deep armbar in the closing stages of Round 1 that would have certainly ended the fight had there been just a few more seconds on the clock. The Brazilian beat Ferguson up on the feet, and when that wasn't enough, he went about racking up takedowns and a countless amount of control time. Forget the lightweight division -- Oliveira looked like one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport on Saturday. Charles has won eight in a row and nine of his last ten. He has just a single loss dating back to November 2016. Whether or not Khabib Nurmagomedov is truly retired is anyone's guess, but the fact off the matter is that Oliveira is firmly in the title conversation at 155 pounds regardless of Khabib's ultimate decision.
Booked against Ferguson
LightweightUFC
November 20, 2020
Oliveira is expected to take on Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira sports a 17-8 UFC record and will put a seven-fight winning streak on the line in this contest. His opponent, Ferguson, is a former UFC lightweight champion, but is coming off a loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 back in May.
Fight put on hold
LightweightUFC
September 7, 2020
Oliveira has reportedly backed out of the Oct. 3 fight against Beneil Dariush, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
UFC officials have yet to make a formal announcement on the change but Dariush let the public know Monday afternoon via his Instagram that Oliveira is out of the fight for unknown reasons. Dariush claims he's currently working with the UFC to figure out an ensuing move.
Big test ahead
LightweightUFC
August 26, 2020
Oliveira is expected to take on Beneil Dariush in a lightweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 3, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Few have a better argument for a title shot than Oliveira, who has compiled seven consecutive wins -- all by finish -- with six Performance of the Night bonuses along the way. If anyone has been as hot as "Do Bronx," however, it's Dariush, who has his own five-fight winning streak with four stoppages and three performance bonuses. Dariush owns better striking offense and defense numbers, but Oliveira has the edge in the grappling categories, sporting better marks in takedown volume and accuracy. Both men stand at 5-foot-10, but Oliveira will hold a two-inch reach advantage. The projects as a matchup that will be tight when sportsbooks release opening odds, but if Oliveira can prevail here and do so in convincing fashion, he would be very difficult to pass up for a title shot by some point in 2021.