There’s in no way been a fighter to endure a more time street to a UFC title than Charles Oliveira. That is a simple fact following the Brazilian claimed the vacant light-weight belt with a second-round TKO of Michael Chandler.
Oliveira (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) has skilled a winding, twisting tale due to the fact creating his octagon debut in August 2010. His expertise was often apparent, but he failed to put it collectively in some important fights up right up until this existing run, which has found him arrive at championship sort. Oliveira turned a corner, and considering the fact that then he’s been a almost unstoppable force en route to profitable gold.
He’s quite definitely not flawless, as was very clear in his tough to start with round. He proved the skeptics of his heart incorrect, even though, and powered through adversity to come across the opening to place Chandler absent. It was really impressive, and a testament that we should not be too brief to write the closing ebook on the vocation of prime prospects just mainly because of early profession inconsistency.
This isn’t some late-vocation, fairytale minute a la Michael Bisping, possibly. Certainly, Oliveira required 28 bouts with the advertising to get his fingers on the belt, but he’s continue to only 31. It is feasible we have not even viewed the closing type of “Do Bronx,” and that should really be a major concern to every person at 155 lbs ..
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s departure from the UFC proceeds to solid a shadow above the lightweight division, and hence Oliveira’s title reign. Also, Dustin Poirier is regarded by a lot of to be the prime man in the body weight class, but he opted not to fight on this night in lieu of a Conor McGregor trilogy bout.
Even so, there are couple far more deserving persons to try to go issues forward than Oliveira, If he’s ready to put together a good title reign that could contain challengers this kind of as Poirier, McGregor and Justin Gaethje, he’s heading to forge a legacy that will depart vanquish thoughts about the way in which Nurmagomedov remaining the division behind.