Although Charles Oliveira recorded his fourth straight win at UFC Fight Night 67 last night, the rising featherweight says the MMA world has yet to see “do Bronx” at his finest.
If you saw last night’s card, then you witnessed Oliveira battle through the relentless wrestling of Nik Lentz, and tap the latter out with a third round, guillotine choke. It was an outstanding bout and another big win for Oliveira, which is why the Brazilian picked up an extra $100K in bonuses.
Now, since Oliveira was ranked #8 heading into the event, chances are he’s not going to be tapped to face the winner of Jose Aldo-Conor McGregor. But, Oliveira has done nothing but win, since he was defeated by Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar in consecutive fights (who aren’t exactly your average, run of the mill 145érs).
Following Saturday’s victory, here is what Oliveira had to say about his goals, and his quest for UFC gold (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If you don’t want the title, you’re in the wrong sport,” Oliveira said. “When I have my chance, I will go there to become champion. I can grow a lot more. I haven’t showed anything yet. One day I will get there and win the title.”
“I want to go back home and rest. I hope the UFC calls me to fight as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter the opponent, I want to fight. When the UFC calls me for a shot at the title, be sure I won’t waste it.”
It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Oliveira up against next. What about Ricardo Lamas? Our Max Holloway? The latter is coming off a submission win over Swanson and has won six in a row, so he may be hoping to face a top five guy next (Holloway is #5).
Lamas, on the other hand, was stopped by Chad Mendes in his last fight and is ranked #4. So, maybe “The Bully” would be interested in squaring off with “do Bronx”?
UFC FN 67 went down at the Goiania Arena in Brazil.