Why is Charles Oliveira Called ‘do Bronx’?

Published 05/10/2021, 3:14 PM EDT
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)


Charles Oliveira has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the UFC. A fighter who always struggled to make it past the final hurdle on previous occasions, he is now going to challenge for the vacant UFC lightweight title against Michael Chandler in the main event of UFC 262 on Saturday.

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With these new developments in his life, there are a lot of unique things that he is known for. One of them is his nickname, ‘do Bronx’.

ROCHESTER, NY – MAY 18: Charles Oliveira stands in the octagon during a lightweight bout against Nik Lentz at Blue Cross Arena on May 18, 2019, in Rochester, New York. Oliveira defeats Lentz in the second round by TKO. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Oliveira started being called ‘do Bronx’ when he moved to the Macaco Gold Team. He lived in a Favela (slum) which is sometimes playfully nicknamed ‘Bronx’, and the gym where he first started was also called Bronx, so some of the guys at the gyms started calling him ‘Charles do Bronx’, which translates to Charles of the Bronx.

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Charles Oliveira and his rise to the top of the lightweight division

While he’s not a global superstar on the level of someone like Conor McGregor, he has been consistent with his wins. He has the highest amount of submission victories in the UFC at 14. He is also on an 8-fight win streak and hasn’t lost since 2017.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (L-R) Charles Oliveira of Brazil punches Tony Ferguson in their lightweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

His last fight was a dominant outing against Tony Ferguson after he was already turning heads with wins over Kevin Lee, Jim Miller, and Clay Guida.

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He is a relative veteran of the sport at the young age of 31 with 39 matches and a record of 30-8-1. However, this match against Michael Chandler is the most important match of his life, and both the fighters will give their all to win the belt.

Do you think Charles Oliveira can beat Michael Chandler?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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