Charles Oliveira Finally Claimed UFC Title In 2021, Is UFC’s Fighter Of The Year
After suffering a number of defeats, witnessing ups and downs, Charles Oliveira persevered.
“Do Bronx” Oliveira signed in the UFC 11 years ago in 2010. Since signing, he held 19 fights, earned 10 victories, suffered 8 losses, and one ending in no contest.
However, since 2018 he did what was almost impossible.
While everyone was sleeping on him, he started earning consecutive victories. Fans started recognizing him after earning his seventh victory in a row against former title challenger Kevin Lee.
While no one wanted to share the octagon with the best jiu-jitsu fighter, Tony Ferguson signed the contract. Lee dominantly defeated former interim lightweight champion, and it was the moment when Brazilian proved that no one should sleep on him.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vacated the title, and UFC scheduled a battle between Oliveira and Michael Chandler for it.
Everyone considered Oliveira the quitter because of his four knock outs and three submissions losses, so Chandler was the favorite for many MMA fans, even though it was the second fight for him in the UFC.
At UFC 262, they shared the octagon.
Chandler attacked Oliveira and hurt him from the first second, so Oliveira went for the takedown. He had Chandler’s back but could not finish fresh wrestler.
As soon as they continued the fight on the standing, Chandler landed several huge punches, he wanted to finish Oliveira as he finished Dan Hooker in his debut in the UFC, but Oliveira managed to survive for almost three minutes.
Judges scored that round 10-8 for Chandler. According to the live odds, Chandler was already the massive favorite in this bout. Still, it took only 19 seconds for the Brazilian to land a fantastic left hook right on the chin, finishing Chandler after being smashed for the whole first round.
It was one of the most spectacular and emotional comebacks. Oliveira could not hide his emotions.
He could not hold his tears while Bruce Buffer introduced his name as the new champion.
After 11 years, he earned the UFC gold.
However, even after earning such a victory, he was considered an underdog in his first-ever title defense against Dustin Poirier.
Poirier was in the best shape of his life. He defeated Conor McGregor twice in a row, both fights via TKO. The former interim lightweight champion suffered a loss against Nurmagomedov, but he earned three victories in a row after this battle.
Poirier was considered even more favorite in this fight than Chandler against Oliveira.
The fight started, and Oliveira held the battle in striking; they exchanged several great punches, and Poirier served some knockdowns to the Brazilian.
According to the live odds, Poirier became an even more favorite during the fight.
In the second round, Oliveira kept the fight on the ground. Poirier locked his hands and legs to restrict the movement of Oliveira, but Oliveira showed some massive ground and pound and landed elbows.
In the third round, it was evident that Poirier got tired on the ground and wanted to avoid it.
But Oliveira immediately went for the body lock, took his opponent’s back, climbed on the body, and served submission loss under only one minute of the third round.
Oliveira defended his belt successfully and proved that he was not a quitter.
It is hard to be recognized as the grand champion in the division where titleholders were fighters like Nurmagomedov and McGregor.