Charles Oliveira Reveals One Condition on Which He Will Change UFC Weight Class

Published 05/30/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
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)


UFC lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, reached the pinnacle of the sport after a decade of struggle. The Brazilian finally captured UFC gold after 28 fights in the promotion. He put on a phenomenal performance in order to knock out Michael Chandler at UFC 262.

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However, it was not so long ago that ‘Do Bronx’ was struggling at the featherweight division of the UFC. Difficulties making weight and losses to top contenders like Max Holloway left his career almost jeopardized. But his persistence eventually helped him to reach the top. Many believe his days at the 145 lbs division of the UFC are behind him.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: (R-L) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Michael Chandler in their UFC lightweight championship bout at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

However, Oliveira is still confident he can go back to featherweight and make weight. But he is willing to do so in only one condition. If the UFC gives him the chance to fight for the belt right away, then he will consider doing the extra work to become a two-division UFC champion.

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Speaking to Combate, Oliveira said, “If I have the opportunity to fight directly for the title, giving me time to do that, I would do well, Today I have a good nutritionist, a good team that will help me with this and make it happen. But only if it was straight for the title.” (Translated by mmamania.com).

Fighters going up a weight class to become two-division champions have become a trend in the UFC. But Oliveira will be the second fighter after T.J. Dillashaw if he moves down a weight class to do so.

Charles Oliveira and his run at featherweight

Do Bronx‘ had a stint of almost 5 years in the 145 lbs division of the UFC. He fought many top contenders and former champions. But for now, he will have an array of world-class lightweights coming at him to take his belt away.

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If the UFC indeed sets up a fight between Oliveira and the featherweight champion, remains to be seen. The current champion, Alexander Volkanovski, is set to defend his throne against Brian Ortega next. Maybe something can develop after that.

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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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