Charles Oliveira Has Now Earned $870K Bonus From UFC Fights After His Win at UFC 262

Published 05/16/2021, 5:42 AM EDT


Charles Oliveira became the UFC lightweight champion at UFC 262. The Brazilian knocked out Michael Chandler in the second round of the main event to earn the belt. It was a phenomenal performance from ‘Do Bronx’, who overcame adversity after getting hurt in the first round.

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Besides actualizing gold, Oliveira moved to second on the list of all-time leading bonus winners in the promotion. With his 17 bonus checks, Do Bronx’, who has earned a massive $870k, is only behind all-time leader Donald ‘Cowboy Cerrone.

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Oliveira became the 11th UFC lightweight champion in history. After over a decade in the organization and 28 fights under his belt, ‘Do Bronx‘ finally ascended to the mountaintop.

It was a back-and-forth contest between him and Chandler at the Toyota Center. ‘Do Bronx’ had ‘Iron’ in trouble as he took his back early in the fight. This came just moments after the Brazilian got out of an attempted guillotine.

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‘Iron’ also hurt the Brazilian during the first round of the contest. However, in the second round, Oliveira, who saw Chandler’s threat, displayed the heart of a true champion, catching him with a left hook. The punch commenced a fight-ending sequence.

He eventually finished the fight, landing a barrage of shots on ‘Iron’.

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Coming into the fight, the real question was- What would have proved to be the biggest X-factor. Would it have been Chandler’s grappling, or Oliveira’s striking?

Chandler certainly held his own in the grappling department. Despite giving his back to the most decorated submission artist in the company’s history, ‘Iron‘ scrambled out of the position.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Charles Oliveira of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But Oliveira showed his massive improvement in the striking game too. Despite getting clipped in the first-round, ‘Do Bronx’ landed his own shots to keep Chandler honest.

Both fighters came up with a tremendous effort. But Oliveira, who has persevered for years, deserves every bit of the spotlight he is getting.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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