UFC Champion Charles Oliveira Takes to Instagram To Thank Compatriot and Global Football Superstar Neymar for His ‘Affection and Support’

Published 12/29/2021, 2:00 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira arrives at T-Mobile Arena during the UFC 264 event on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages


Charles Oliveira is without a doubt the best lightweight fighter in the UFC right now. His Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is absolutely unmatched, and he has used it to make his way to the lightweight title. Oliveria won the title earlier this year after he defeated Michael Chandler at UFC 262. He also defended his title splendidly against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269.

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Oliveira currently holds the record for having the most submission wins in the UFC, 15 wins. He also holds the record for the most finishes in the promotion, 18. It just seems like ‘Do Bronx’ is getter better and stronger with time.

The fighter has now made it to the top, but he started off with almost nothing. Oliveria came from a very poor family and was raised in the slums of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He fought his way through poverty and has seen a lot of difficulties in life. His rags to riches story is extremely inspiring.

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Another Brazilian superstar who came from a very humble background and made it to the top is the football legend, Neymar Jr. Neymar also was born in a very poor family and struggled through very hard times. His passion for football and his talent combined with hardworking made him the most expensive footballer in the world.

Neymar was present to support his fellow Brazilian champion, Charles Oliveira, at UFC 269 for his match against Dustin Poirier. Oliveira recently took to his Instagram account to appreciate Neymar Jr. for his support and love.

He wrote, “Thank you, my friend, for all the affection and support. May God always bless you and light up. Let’s go with everything always towards the top.” (Translation via Instagram)

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What’s next for Charles Oliveira?

‘Do Bronx’ proved his dominance after he choked out Poirier in the second round of the bout. He made beating one of the best fighters in the world look easy.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15:Charles Oliveira of Brazil gestures to the crowd before facing Michael Chandler during their Championship Lightweight Bout at the UFC 262 event at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Charles Oliveira will be taking on Justin Gaethje in his next bout. Gaethje is next in line for a title shot after his impressive win over Michael Chandler at UFC 268.

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The bout will most likely take place in the first half of 2022.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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