Charles Oliveira
Do Bronx

Brazil

Taps Kevin Lee, title shot next?
LightweightUFC
March 14, 2020
Oliveira defeated Kevin Lee via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:28 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Make it seven wins in a row for Oliveira. His 16 stoppage victories tie Cowboy Cerrone for most in company history. This one didn't come easy. "Do Bronx" started quickly before Lee began to take control. The two men went back and forth before Lee rushed forward and left his next exposed in the early portion of Round 3. Oliveira quickly clamped on a guillotine and that was all she wrote. It's not a stretch to say that the Brazilian is one of the best submission specialists in the history of the sport. He made the stoppage of Lee look ridiculously easy. The ability to make any man on earth tap out in an instant is such a massive advantage as it allows Oliveira to come from behind in the event he is trailing a fight. Oliveira called for the winner of next month's (scheduled) UFC Lightweight Championship fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. He might not get his wish, but he can't be far off. He's a major, major problem for any man at 155 pounds.
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Allows fight to proceed as planned
LightweightUFC
March 13, 2020
Oliveira's fight against Kevin Lee at UFC Brasilia will still take place despite Lee missing weight by 2.5 pounds, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The only thing left unclear is how much of the purse Lee will have to give up for missing weight. Either way, Oliveira still made the decision to let the fight continue as planned.
Headlining UFC Brasilia
LightweightUFC
January 14, 2020
Oliveira will headline UFC Brasilia on March 14 with a lightweight bout against Kevin Lee, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira has won six straight matches, including two straight knockouts over Nik Lentz and Jared Gordon, the latter of which came in the first round. Lee returned to the lightweight division to knock out Gregor Gillespie in November, having previously lost two straight welterweight matches.
Easily dispatches Jared Gordon
LightweightUFC
November 16, 2019
Oliveira defeated Jared Gordon via TKO (punches) at 1:26 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Easy work. Oliveira was reportedly upset he was forced to face Gordon instead of a higher-ranked opponent and he responded by smashing him (and earning a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus). The Brazilian has now earned back-to-back knockout victories. Prior to his most recent fight against Nik Lentz in May, Oliveira had not earned a KO win since way back in 2010. Oliveira never calls anyone out in post-fight interviews but today he made an exception. Of course, he wasted his shot on Conor McGregor. That's not going to happen, but Oliveira is going to get a notable opponent his next time out. Maybe a fight against someone like Kevin Lee would make sense. Oliveira has been around for seemingly ever but turned just 30 years of age last month.
Tabbed for UFC Sao Paulo
LightweightUFC
October 3, 2019
Oliveira will face Jared Gordon in a lightweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira defeated Nik Lentz at UFC Rochester in May, and will look to build on his success against Gordon, who is coming off a victory over Dan Moret at UFC Minneapolis in June. Oliveira carries a 26-8 record as a professional fighter. The 29-year-old carries a reach advantage over Gordon, who is 15-3 as a professional righter.
First KO win since 2010
LightweightUFC
May 18, 2019
Oliveira defeated Nik Lentz via TKO (punches) at 2:11 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Rochester, New York.
ANALYSIS
Amazingly, that was Oliveira's first knockout win since 2010 and his first under the UFC banner. Due to his submission prowess, however, he's recorded 14 total finishes with the UFC, tying him with Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort for second-most in company history behind Donald Cerrone (16). While the Brazilian allowed Lentz to score three successful takedown attempts, Oliveira displayed his world-class ground game with three successful passes. "Do Bronx" has been fighting the best the world has to offer for nearly nine years and he has shown far more good than bad during that time frame. Underrated for the entirety of his career, barring something unforeseen, Oliveira is going to go down as one of the better fighters to never win UFC gold. He should at least get a step towards that goal with a higher-ranked opponent in his next fight. Five consecutive victories has earned him that chance.