VIDEO: UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira Gets Hero’s Welcome in His Hometown of Guaruja

Published 05/18/2021, 5:56 AM EDT


Charles Oliveira became the undisputed UFC lightweight champion at UFC 262, last weekend. The Brazilian knocked out Michael Chandler in the second round of the contest to claim the throne. ‘Do Bronx’ is the 11th champion in the history of the 155 lbs division of the UFC.

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Oliveira brought the belt back to his hometown of Guaruja, Sau Paulo, Brazil. Fans were ecstatic and gave the newly crowned champion a hero’s welcome. The Brazilian was enjoying every bit of the attention he was getting. And, after over a decade of being a contender in two weight classes in the UFC, needless to say, he deserves the attention he is getting.

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This was Oliveira’s 28th fight in the organization. After getting dropped by ‘Iron‘ in the first round, he landed a left hook of his own in the second round to initiate the fight-ending sequence.

Oliveira is the third champion from Brazil in the current UFC roster. Women’s double champion Amanda Nunes and flyweight kingpin Deiveson Figueiredo are the other two Brazilians to hold a UFC belt at the moment.

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)

Brazil has had some great champions like Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, Mauricio Rua, and more in the past. But the numbers dropped drastically in recent times. However, it seems Brazilian MMA is on the rise again.

Charles Oliveira wants to defend his title in Brazil

In his post-fight press conference after UFC 262, Oliveira acknowledged former two-division champion, Conor McGregor, congratulating him. However, ‘The Notorious‘ also took a sly dig on ‘Do Bronx‘. Oliveria challenged McGregor to a fight in Brazil, given the latter beats Dustin Poirier in July.

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However, it’s unlikely to have a pay-per-view in Brazil anytime soon due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, it will be massive if the champion can indeed fight a megastar like McGregor in Brazil. But it might be a considerable amount of time before that happens.

‘Do Bronx’ has put in a tremendous amount of work in recent years. So, it’s only fitting he takes some rest and enjoys his time a bit before returning to the Octagon to defend his belt.

What did you make of reception Oliveira got? Let us know.

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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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