We all love a good battle, and Oliveira is no exception. In Phoenix, he forced Gaethje to tap to a rear-naked choke. His striking is just as good as his grappling, so he feels confident about winning. He was confident enough in his victory in the press conference to predict a clean victory in the next fight.
It’s no secret that the UFC is looking for a new lightweight champion and Charles Oliveira is no exception. The Brazilian has been undefeated since losing to Justin Gaethje at UFC 218 in 2017. His last defeat came when he was stripped of the lightweight title after missing weight. Since then, however, he’s been undefeated and boasts the most submissions in UFC history. However, a lot of his fans might be wondering if he’ll be able to defend the title after losing to Gaethje in the first round.
Despite the fact that he’s only 31 years old, Oliveira is a veteran, having fought 29 times and 27 in the UFC. He’s also the UFC record holder for submission victories, with 19 of his 30 career wins coming by submission. The Brazilian’s career has been marked by ups and downs. Although his recent win over Michael Chandler was a knockout, his next fight against Dustin Poirier could potentially change all that.
The fight is also star-filled, with two UFC lightweight champions, Rose Namajunas and Justin Gaethje. Gaethje is a hometown favorite and will be confident, but Oliveira is on a 10-fight win streak and successfully defended his lightweight title against Dustin Poerier. This is a big fight with a big payday.
The former Bellator lightweight champion has a history of hitting hard on the feet, escaping guillotine choke attempts, and grabbing the back. Oliveira is an all-around warrior in the gym. His striking is devastating and his wrestling is phenomenal. Oliveira is at war all the time in the gym and tough win over Chandler is a testament to his tough work ethic.
Diego Lima, Oliveira’s head coach, has recently shared video of the Brazilian sparring with Gaethje. Oliveira won the UFC 274 title in May but was stripped of his belt because he weighed in half a pound above his weight limit. This makes him the top contender for the UFC lightweight title. Oliveira is on the verge of becoming a legend.
Poirier is throwing big shots and Oliveira is landing big knees to the body. Oliveira has a knack for wars of attrition, and Poirier is adept at surviving on his feet and putting up a fight that’s a war of attrition. It’s hard to see which one will be dominant. So, we’ll take a closer look at each fighter’s skills.
UFC weigh-ins are huge. During UFC 274 Charles Oliveira failed to make weight and lost the lightweight title. We all know how much pressure weigh-ins can put on fighters. We’re all familiar with the scene where fighters walk nervously to the scales, but it’s not unusual for them to look a little nervous. Those scales are merely a few decimal places away from disqualification.