Charles Oliveira is at the moment deemed the light-weight champion, despite the fact that he formally doesn’t maintain the belt.
The Brazilian has defeated the who’s-who of the division to get so far. Nonetheless, he didn’t at all times really feel the identical means about 155lbs. He was overwhelmed by the ability and power of his fellow lightweights early on and believed that the weightclass was not meant for him.
In a current look on the Flow podcast alongside Demian Maia, ‘do Bronx’ revealed his preliminary sentiments concerning the state of affairs whereas dealing with Paul Felder in his second UFC combat as a light-weight:
“I had simply went as much as the division. I used to be combating at 66kg… I wasn’t acclimated. I felt that I used to be hitting him and he would not even transfer. And when he would hit me… I used to be like ‘Rattling!’ I swear to you the entire time I used to be like ‘This man have to be loopy.’ I closed submissions that had completed everybody else, and he simply opened his arms and received out. The one factor on my thoughts was ‘They wish to kill me with this division.’ These guys are rather a lot stronger.”
Charles Oliveira suffered a TKO through elbow strike within the combat in opposition to Paul Felder, which happened at UFC 218 in Detroit, Michigan.
That was his last loss within the UFC.
“I began to bulletproof my thoughts” – Charles Oliveira on how he bounced again in 155lbs.
The loss to Felder drove the message residence in Oliveira’s thoughts that to turn into profitable within the light-weight division, he must match his fellow 155-pounders in power.
He additional revealed on the podcast what he did to stage his sport up, which ultimately led to him being on the coveted light-weight throne 4 years later.
“So I began to bulletproof my thoughts, began to work out extra. I informed the group that I needed to turn into stronger, that I needed to be stronger. At the moment, [I’m] not over the very fact of being the light-weight champion. However sure, I really feel that once I hit they really feel. I really feel as robust as them. My historical past modified, as a result of I mentioned, ‘I’ve to be robust as properly. I’ve to hit onerous as properly.’ In any other case I will find yourself simply getting my a** kicked.”
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Charles Oliveira is set to fight Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 on October 22 in Abu Dhabi for the vacant light-weight strap.