“He Got So Much Better”- Antonio Carlos Praises UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira

Published 05/30/2021, 5:58 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)


Antonio Carlos Jr made a successful MMA debut at the PFL on April 29. He secured a win over Tom Lawlor via a guillotine choke in a preliminary card bout. Following his win, the Brazilian MMA fighter spoke to Danny Armstrong and discussed all things MMA.

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One of the topics was the main event fight between Oliveira and Chandler at UFC 262. Armstrong asked, “What do you think about that fight were you shocked with the way it ended?” To which Carlos replied, “Nah, not at all, man. I think Charles is in a great moment you know I really believe in him.”

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Carlos Jr continued, ” I think he’s a great fighter you know, great Jiu-Jitsu, a lot of submissions, great striking. He’s improving a lot, he improved a lot you know, in the last like I don’t know three years he got so much better. You know was incredible. I knew Chandler had like a good first round, but I knew if Charles hold the pressure, after that would be all for himself and that’s what happened.”

Antonio Carlos loves the Brazilian fighters capturing 4 UFC belts

Now the UFC has three Brazilian-born UFC champions Charles Oliveira, Deiveson Figueiredo, and ‘The Lioness’. Amanda Nunes is the women’s bantamweight and women’s featherweight champion. Hence, the country has four of the UFC’s 12 belts.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates her KO victory over Cris Cyborg of Brazil in their women’s featherweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Carlos Jr showed his love and support for the fellow Brazilian fighters. He said, “It’s great man we now have like four belts you know among the guy two w… Yeah so this is great you get more belts than everybody this is great for us. You know the new era. Longer time we don’t have four belts right.”

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)

‘Cara De Sapato’ is super happy for ‘Do Bronx’ because the lightweight champ came up from a humble beginning. The Brazilian took the long road to glory, winning eight fights in a row to earn his title shot. Oliveira also made a grand homecoming as hundreds of people welcomed their new champion. It was a glorious moment for ‘Do Bronx’ and all the people in Brazil.

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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