Charles Oliveira
Do Bronx

Brazil

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.
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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.
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.
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.