Charles Oliveira is set for the vacant UFC lightweight title clash against Michael Chandler at UFC 262. In the buildup to the fight, here are a few lesser-known facts about Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Charles Oliveira is ranked at #3 in the UFC’s lightweight division. He holds a 30-8-0 professional record. He also holds several records including most submission wins in UFC history (14) and most finishes in UFC history (16).
Charles Oliveira who lived a life of poverty has a social project of his own. 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.