5 Things You Didn’t Know About Charles Oliveira

Published 12/10/2020, 2:42 AM EST
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 15: Charles Oliveira of Brazil reacts to his submission victory over Jim Miller in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Fiserv Forum on December 15, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Charles Oliveira is set to take the stage at the co-main event of UFC 256 and will face Tony Ferguson in a lightweight clash. A highly anticipated fight between these two greats will be a contest to remember. In the buildup to the fight, here are a few lesser-known facts about Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira.

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Early starts

Charles Oliveira began training at the tender age of 9. He now holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This helped him establish himself as a dominant force in Brazil as well as in the UFC.

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He said he had always dreamt of completing professionally and fighting in the UFC is like a dream come true. After he secured his first fighting gig out of high school, there was no stopping him.

Charles Oliveira sold cheese salads to make ends meet

Born into poverty, Oliveira started working with his mother as a child as he helped her sell cheese salads from a trailer. This line of work helped him meet a lot of people, and this is how he came across and made friends that trained in jiu-jitsu. Unable to pay the fees of the training academy, “Do Bronx” was allowed to train free of charge due to the influence of his uncle.

The origin of “Do Bronx”

Charles Oliveira was a regular at the gym back home in Brazil. He moved to the Macaco Gold Gym, and that is where he began to be known as “Do Bronx”.

ROCHESTER, NY – MAY 18: Charles Oliveira stands in the octagon during a lightweight bout against Nik Lentz at Blue Cross Arena on May 18, 2019 in Rochester, New York. Oliveira defeats Lentz in the second-round by TKO. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Whenever he entered the gym, people would refer to him as the ‘kid from the Bronx’- his old gym. In Portuguese, the Bronx translated to ‘Do Bronx’. This nickname had stuck with him ever since.

Professional record and stats

Charles Oliveira is ranked at #7 in the UFC’s lightweight division. He holds a 29-8-0 professional record and boasts of a striking accuracy of 50% and a grappling accuracy of 43%. Ahead of his war with ‘El Cucuy’ he is riding a seven-fight win streak. His last defeat came to Paul Felder in 2017.

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Oliveira loves to give back

Charles Oliveira who lived a life of poverty has a social project of his own. He’s come a long way from his early days of learning Jiu-Jitsu for free to put up this project in the city of Guaruja. The main aim of this project is to keep kids away from a life of crime and downfall and shepherd them onto the right path via grappling.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL – FEBRUARY 02: Charles Oliveira of Brazil prepares to fight David Teymur of Sweden in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at CFO Centro de Formacao Olimpica on February 2, 2019 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Oliveria is comfortable at the current weight class and is looking to further his record with a win against Tony Ferguson. Both fighters have a lot on the line. Who do you think will emerge victorious at the UFC Apex?

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