After capturing the UFC lightweight title with a knockout victory, Charles Oliveira has absolute self belief he can stand with anybody in the division.
Oliveira (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) shall be identified as a jiu-jitsu ace, but the UFC’s all-time leader in submission wins has knocked out three of his past 5 opponents, including Michael Chandler to claim the vacant lightweight title at UFC 262.
For the time being vying for the No. 1 contender contrivance are prolific strikers Dustin Poirier (27-6 MMA, 19-5 UFC) and Conor McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who will compete in a trilogy bout that headlines UFC 264 on July 10.
However whoever comes out victorious, Oliveira is confident that he can knock him out, too.
“I by no system utilize opponents,” Oliveira said. “I’m repeatedly ready to fight. They are two good names in the game, the lightweights. All people is conscious of that a fight with Conor has quite loads of money and one with Dustin no longer so mighty, but they are two huge opponents. I don’t utilize my fights. I’m going to be ready. I genuinely take into consideration in my jiu-jitsu against both of them, but one thing tells me that if I fought them, I’d knock them both out. I’m feeling graceful.” (H/T UOL Esporte, translation by technique of BJPenn.com).
If there changed into once ever a knock on Oliveira’s sport previously, it changed into once his ability to address tension. In his losses to the likes of Paul Felder, Ricardo Lamas and Anthony Pettis, Oliveira changed into once up to bustle till his opponents were in a enviornment to break him and flip things round by stopping him.
However practising under the tutelage of Diego Lima at the famend Chute Boxe Academy, Oliveira’s placing has improved leaps and bounds and he thinks his multifaceted ability contrivance makes him contrivance more unhealthy on the feet.
“About a years previously, Charles changed into once the jiu-jitsu guy who walked forward, took a beating and changed into once a minute bothered,” Oliveira said. “This day, I’m no longer bothered to fight these guys. The silly thing is that once I start up combating, they are attempting to position me down – to cease what I know simplest. This reveals how mighty I’m evolving on my feet. This could occasionally presumably without a doubt be a prime fight. Charles, this day, is no longer a jiu-jitsu fighter. He’s a total fighter, both standing and on the floor. However I deem each person shall be knocked out.”