Charles Oliveira is prepared to ‘go to war’ with Michael Chandler for the undisputed championship at UFC 262.
At UFC 262, a Brazilian contender is willing to risk all.
Charles Oliveira has waited a long time for his chance at championship gold, and now that he has it, he intends to make the most of it.
Oliveira of Brazil will face Michael Chandler of the United States in the main event of UFC 262 on Saturday night in Houston, Texas, and believes he’s ready to finish his 13-year journey to the top of the sport.
Oliveira revealed at the UFC 262 news conference in Houston that he had remained patient throughout his career as he steadily improved his form.
He’s now on an eight-fight winning streak, with seven of those victories coming inside the distance.
Despite having to wait patiently for his chance, the Brazilian claimed that he was never discouraged.
Oliveira, speaking via a translator, replied, “No, I never had a doubt.”
“I knew I’d have it eventually, and I knew I’d have to battle for it.”
Oliveira’s UFC career has seen him set a number of records.
With 14, he holds the record for most submission finishes in UFC history, and his 93.75 percent finish rate is also the best in the organization.
During his stint as a featherweight, he set an all-time UFC record with six submissions.
Furthermore, with ten “Performance of the Night” awards, “Do Bronx” holds the UFC record for the most “Performance of the Night” bonuses in promotional history, while his 17 post-fight bonuses rank second all-time.
It means Oliveira is one of the world’s most dangerous fighters, and he wants to add one more championship to his collection: the undisputed UFC lightweight world title.
He explained, “It’s about legacy.”
“I have the most submissions, the second most bonuses in the organization, and I want to prove to these men that I can hang with them. It’s all about the legacy.”
Chandler, a former three-time Bellator lightweight champion who debuted in the UFC with a barnstorming first-round stoppage of New Zealand contender Dan Hooker at UFC 257 in January, stands in the way of that legacy-defining performance.
The American earned a spot across the cage versus Oliveira on Saturday night thanks to his title credentials and a statement-making octagon debut.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Oliveira.