FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Charles Oliviera
By Dan McConnell
This weekend we entered an unprecedented and uncertain time in sport with the impact of the Coronavirus.
Many sports and events have been cancelled as a measure of precaution, but the UFC kept their show on the road this weekend at UFC Brasillia.
There were no fans aloud to attend this fight night, but this didn’t stop the determined fighters who have poured their blood and sweat into their fight camps and also making weight.
UFC Brasillia will go down in MMA history and was a card that featured 9 straight decision victories.
Notable mentions for this weeks award go to Brandon Moreno, who defeated Jussier Formiga and threw his name in the hat for a possible shot at the vacant flyweight title.
On his lightweight debut, it was Renato Moicano who sparked the action into life on the main-card via a tight rear-naked choke finish over Damir Hadzovic.
In the co-main event Gilbert Burns impressively defeated Jiu-Jitsu ace Damian Maia with a left hook to the chin, before finishing him off with ground and pound in the very first round.
However for his impressive dominance over Kevin Lee, main-event winner and Brazil’s own Charles Oliviera picks up this weeks MMA Fighter of the Week award!
Going into the fight, Kevin Lee was ranked 8th in the 155-pound division with Charles Oliveira ranked 11th.
This fight was a huge risk for Kevin Lee, but huge reward for Charles ‘Do Bronx’ who took advantage of his opportunity and finished his American opponent via a 3rd round guillotine choke.
The confidence shown by the Brazilian fighter, who bizzarly didn’t have the crowd to get behind him was evident throughout the opening two rounds.
Kevin Lee still fights a little emotional after making the switch to train at Tristar under the legendary coach Firas Zahabi. Oliveira punished this and put on a clean and crisp performance.
The Brazilian secured his 7th win and finish in a row and also extended his UFC submission record to 14 with this victory on Saturday night.
Charles Oliveira debuted in the UFC as a 20 year old in 2010. He was 12-0 at the time but has endured many ups and downs since then.
One impressive stat I found out is that he has never been beaten while fighting in Brazil throughout his career, which is quite remarkable.
Oliviera called out UFC commentator and current fighter Paul Felder who has pondered retirement.
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