Charles Oliveira
Do Bronx
Placed on Rochester card
LightweightUFC
April 15, 2019
Oliveira (eye) will take on Nik Lentz in a lightweight matchup at UFC Rochester on May 18, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira is coming off a victory over David Teymur, but was dealt a 180-day medical suspension after that fight due to multiple eye pokes that were sustained. He's apparently since received the necessary physician's clearance, paving the way for his second fight of 2019. The lightweight division has treated "Do Bronx" well so far, as he's sported a 4-1 mark with four consecutive wins. He'll hold a two-inch height and six-inch reach advantage over Lentz, who is riding a two-fight winning streak of his own. Lentz sports just a 44 percent takedown defense in the UFC, so look for him to enter as the underdog to Oliveirra, one of the division's elite grapplers. This will be a trilogy bout, as Oliveira struck Lentz with an illegal knee in their first fight in 2011, which led to a no-contest. In the 2015 rematch, Oliveira won via third-round submission (guillotine choke).
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Handed medical suspension due to eye pokes
LightweightUFC
February 4, 2019
Oliveira was handed a 180-day medical suspension by the Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) pending clearance from an ophthalmologist, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira ultimately picked up his fourth consecutive victory in the contest, but sustained multiple severe eye pokes early in the bout. While he's typically an active fighter, this suspension could hold him on the shelf longer than normal if he's unable to be cleared by a physician. Saturday's victory allowed Oliveira to make a bit of history, as he's just the second fighter ever to register multiple Anaconda chokes under the UFC banner (Phil Davis was the first).
Adds another submission victory in Brazil
LightweightUFC
February 2, 2019
Oliveira defeated David Teymur via submission (Anaconda Choke) at 0:55 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira overcame a lot of adversity in this fight. Within the first 30 seconds he suffered a double eye poke from Teymur. The referee deducted a point from Teymur because the poke was so egregious. When the fight restarted a visibly angered Oliveira stalked Teymur and wanted to strike. He landed a front kick to Teymur's eye and opened a cut. In his haste to engage following the kick, "Du Bronx" got dropped by a crisp left hand. Oliveira survived to the end of the round. In the second round the Brazilian landed a creative up elbow that rocked Teymur. From there he snatched up the Anaconda Choke and forced the tap. The comback effort earned the Brazilian a cool $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Tabbed for UFC Fortaleza
LightweightUFC
January 9, 2019
Oliveira will take on David Teymur at UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
"Do Bronx" capped off a strong 2018 showing with a quick victory at UFC on Fox 31, though his next opponent may be a bit tougher to take down than his previous adversaries. Teymur is undefeated in the UFC promotion and has won his past three fights by decision dating back to early 2017. That said, Oliveira does have a slight height and reach advantage over the opposition, with one inch separating the two fighters in both instances.
Breaks own record in quick victory
LightweightUFC
December 15, 2018
Oliviera defeated Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:15 of Round 1 at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
"Do Bronx" wasted no time in this one, getting a big slam takedown in the first minute of the fight before finding the back and sinking the choke. Miller bested Oliviera in their first meeting in 2010 but it's clear the two are on very different career trajectories at this point, as the 29-year-old has won his last three consecutive fights, and improved his own record for UFC submissions to 12 in the bout. He moves to 25-8 with a no-contest in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Set for rematch against Jim Miller
LightweightUFC
November 7, 2018
Oliveira will face Jim Miller in a lightweight bout at UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee on Dec. 15, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira is coming off a first-round submission victory of Christos Grigos at UFC Sao Paulo in September, marking his second straight win. He'll face an opponent in Miller who ended a four-fight losing streak of his with a first-round submission win over Alex White at UFC 228 in September. The two met all the way back in 2010, with Miller emerging victorious via first-round submission (kneebar).