Charles Oliveira

Do Bronx

Brazil

Submits Justin Gaethje
LightweightUFC
May 7, 2022
Oliveira defeated Justin Gaethje via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:22 of Round 1 at UFC 274 on Saturday in Phoenix.
ANALYSIS
That puts an end to what was an extremely baffling past 36 hours. Oliveira missed weight by half-pound Friday morning, resulting in him being stripped of his UFC Lightweight Championship. There were rumors of a scale issue which caused multiple fighters to have issues, but rules are rules. The UFC then announced that Charles would become the No. 1 contender for the title if he won here, which he obviously did. It didn't come easy. Oliveira pounded Gaethje on the feet in the early going and looked poised for a quick stoppage before Justin's trademark resiliency kicked in. Charles then found himself on the receiving end of plenty of damage before flooring Gaethje with a big shot and eventually clamping on one of his trademark submissions to win the fight. The weight miss is obviously an issue, but it appears the UFC is going to give Oliveira the benefit of the doubt. Charles has won 11 fights in a row and is without a loss dating back to December 2017, so it's pretty clearly he's the best lightweight in the world at the moment, belt or not.
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Misses weight, title vacated
LightweightUFC
May 6, 2022
Oliveira weighed in at 155.5 pounds and his UFC Lightweight Championship has been vacated ahead of his UFC 274 matchup with Justin Gaethje, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira had two attempts on the scale to get under the 155-pound lightweight limit, but unfortunately he was unsuccessful. The fight is still on, but Justin Gaethje will be the only one with the opportunity to earn the belt if he's able to defeat Oliveira on Saturday. If Oliveira wins, the title will remain vacant.
Will fight Gaethje in May
LightweightUFC
January 26, 2022
Oliveira will take on Justin Gaethje for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 274 on May 7, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira was able to successfully defend his lightweight title back in December against Dustin Poirier. That came after he took over the belt back in May against Michael Chandler. Gaethje was able to defeat Chandler as well in his last fight back in November.
Remains lightweight king
LightweightUFC
December 11, 2021
Oliveira successfully defended his UFC Lightweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Dustin Poirier via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:02 of Round 2 at UFC 269 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It didn't come easy for Oliveira, as he had to survive countless clean power shots from Poirier early in Round 1, but this fight followed almost the exact same script as Charles' victory over Michael Chandler this past May that won him his belt. When the clock flipped to Round 2, Oliveira was seemingly a different man. He limited Dustin's space, did a bunch of damage on the feet from in tight and began to work his trademark ground game. Poirier openly admitted in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that his goal was to drag this fight into the championship rounds, and Charles simply wouldn't allow him to do it. Once Dustin gave up his back early in Round 3, it was over. It's become quite clear that Oliveira can't match the power of some of the other top contenders at 155 pounds, but the rest of his game is elite, and there are no questions about that durability. That durability is going to be put to the test if, as expected, his next challenger is Justin Gaethje. For now, Charles can enjoy his first successful title defends and tenth straight victory overall (as well as a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus).
Title fight targeted for UFC 269
LightweightUFC
September 1, 2021
Oliveira is expected to fight Dustin Poirier in the lightweight title fight at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira became the lightweight champion back in May when he knocked out Michael Chandler. Overall he has won 11 bouts in a row, including victories over Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. Poirier is coming off a second straight win over Conor McGregor back in July and now turns his attention to the lightweight title.
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.