FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Charles Oliveira
By Dan McConnell
This weekend had various potential award winners making it the toughest choice in quite some time.
The 10-0 undefeated Juliana Velasquez ended the reign of Bellator flyweight champ Llima-Lei Macfarlane on Friday night.
Kevin Holland smashed former UFC title challenger Jacare Souza, with an incredible right hand while leaning back on the ground.
Holland became the first fighter to win 5 in a row in a single year, all these fights in the space of just 8 months!
Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo also provided a master class of a striking affair, in their main-event title fight that did not disappoint.
But for his sheer dominance over a former Interim champion, Charles Oliviera picks up this weeks award.
The 31-year old came into this one on a 7-fight win streak with wins over the likes of Clay Guida, Jim Miller, Jared Gordon and Kevin Lee.
Tony Ferguson, who was out looking to get back in the win column after his tough loss to Justin Gaethje, was next in line for Oliveira.
From the first bell the Brazilian beat Ferguson to the punch, controlling the distance and top-position while on the ground.
A late fully-extended arm bar attempt in the first looked like it had broken the arm of Ferguson. This was the turning point in the fight.
The lightweight dominated the full three rounds, and looked cool and composed throughout the 15 minute contest.
Adding the name of Tony Ferguson, considered one of the most well-rounded and high-level fighters on the UFC’s roster should see him now pushed further into the title conversation.
Potentially swapping his current number 7 ranking for his opponents 3rd position, surely catapults Oliveira at least inside the top 5 of the division.
Oliveira has the most submission wins in UFC history with 14, and most performance of the night awards with 10.
It’s fitting that Oliveira was my first award winner during the Coronavirus pandemic, and again with the UFC’s last PPV card in this very bizarre year.
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