Charles Oliveira is the former UFC lightweight champion and the current No. 1 ranked lightweight contender in the promotion. The 33-year-old Brazilian is one of the longest-tenured fighters in the UFC, having fought under the promotion since 2010.
Known as Do Bronx, Oliveira holds several UFC records, including the most finishes ever in the UFC (19) and most submission wins ever in the UFC (16).
In this Charles Oliveira story…
- Charles Oliveira Quick Facts
- Charles Oliveira Record
- Charles Oliveira Stats
- Charles Oliveira Early Career
- Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier
- Charles Oliveira Misses Weight Versus Justin Gaethje
- Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev
- Charles Oliveira Next Fight
- Charles Oliveira Personal Life
- Charles Oliveira Net Worth
- Charles Olivera’s wife
- Charles Olivera’s tattoos
- Charles Oliveira Charity Work
- Charles Oliveira Car
Charles Oliveira Quick Facts
|Name:||Charles Oliveira da Silva|
|Age:||33 years old|
|Date of Birth:||October 17, 1989|
|Place of Birth:||Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Height:||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight:||70.3 kg ( 155 lbs )|
|Net Worth:||$2.5 million|
|Last Fight Purse:||$750,000|
|Instagram:||@charlesdobronxs 6.4 million followers|
|Twitter:||@CharlesDoBronxs 449.3K followers|
Charles Oliveira Record
Charles Oliveira has 43 total fights. He has a record of 33-9 with 9 knockouts, 21 submission wins, and one no-contest. Oliveira has a UFC record of 21-9. He began his UFC career with a modest 4-4-0-1 record after his first nine Octagon assignments.
From June 2018 to May 22, Do Bronx won 11 consecutive bouts, the third-longest winning streak in the history of the UFC lightweight division.
He holds the following UFC records:
- Most finishes in UFC history: 19
- Most submission wins in UFC history: 16
- Most submission wins in UFC lightweight division history: 10
- Most submission wins in UFC featherweight division history: 6
- Most post-fight bonuses in UFC history: 18 (tied with Donald Cerrone)
- Most Performance of the Night bonuses in UFC history: 12
Charles Oliveira Stats
Below are Charles Oliveira’s fight stats per ufcstats.com:
- Significant Strikes landed per 15 minutes: 3.48
- Significant Striking Accuracy:53%
- Significant Strikes Absorbed per minute: 3.20
- Significant Striking Defense: 51%
- Average Takedowns Lander per 15 minutes: 2.37
- Takedown accuracy: 40%
- Takedown Defense: 55%
- Average Submissions attempted per 15 minutes: 2.8
Charles Oliveira Early Career
Charles Oliveira began his career in 2008 and won the Predator FC 9: Welterweight Grand Prix with three stoppage wins. He also appeared in other Brazilian promotions, most notably at Jungle Fight, Ring of Combat, Eagle Fighting Championship, and Warriors Challenge. Armed with an undefeated 12-0 record, he traveled to the United States and joined the UFC.
After opening his UFC career with back-to-back submission of the night-winning victories, he lost four out of his next six bouts and had a win overturned into a no-contest due to an illegal knee. He went 6-4 in his next 10 UFC assignments and after his UFC 218 TKO loss to Paul Felder, Oliveira went on an 11-bout winning streak which included a sensational knockout win over Michael Chandler at UFC 262 to win the UFC lightweight championship.
Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier
Following his win over Chandler, Oliveira’s first title defense was against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269.
Back then, Poirier was coming off back-to-back stoppage wins over Conor McGregor and was one of the division’s top contenders. The Diamond was also a former interim lightweight champion whose last defeat heading to the Oliveira fight was against Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout.
In the bout, Oliveira weathered the early onslaught from Poirier and submitted the American via rear-naked choke at 1 minute, 2 seconds of round three to solidify his status as the best lightweight on the planet. It was also Oliveira’s 10th straight victory
After the bout, Do Bronx boldly declared: “History and legacy have a new name, and that’s Charles Oliveira.”
Charles Oliveira Misses Weight Versus Justin Gaethje
But Oliveira’s official reign was short-lived. In a controversial weigh-in, Oliveira missed weight for his second title defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274.
The Brazilian tipped the scales at 155.5 pounds during his first attempt. As per the rules, he was allowed an hour to cut the half-pound. Despite their efforts to do so, Oliveira still weighed in at 155.5 pounds during his second attempt. That resulted in the UFC stripping him of the belt, making the lightweight title vacant, with Gaethje the only one eligible to become champion at UFC 274.
Oliveira was stunned at the sudden turn of events. He later told reporters that he made weight using the UFC scale the night before the official weigh-ins. Oliveira claimed that he did not consume food or water after that so he did not understand why he was half a pound over the following day.
While Oliveira insinuated that something was wrong with the scale, UFC officials refuted his claim by saying that the weighing scale was accurate.
Oliveira went on to dominate Gaethje at UFC 274 and submit him at the 3:22 mark of the first round to win his 11th consecutive bout. However, he was no longer champion and he had to win his belt back.
Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev
While Oliveira won 11 consecutive fights, Dagetan’s Islam Makhachev had his own impressive winning streak which his 10 after knocking out Bobby Green at UFC Fight Night 202 on February 26, 2022. With Makhachev taking care of business against Green, the UFC set up a fight between him and Oliveira for the vacant UFC lightweight title at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi.
Oliveira was aggressive on the feet during the bout but Makhachev looked to be the stronger fighter between the two. The Dagestani completed two out of three takedown attempts and racked up a total of five minutes of control time in a fight that lasted just over eight minutes.
In the second round, Makhachev dropped Oliveira with a right hand and then proceeded to secure an arm triangle choke which the Brazilian tapped to. Makhachev became the new UFC lightweight champion while Oliveira suffered his first defeat since December 2017.
Charles Oliveira Next Fight
Oliveira was scheduled to return against No. 4 lightweight Beneil Dariush at UFC 288 last May 6th but he suffered an injury in training and the bout was moved to UFC 289 on June 10, 2023 in Canada.
The bout is listed as the co-main event of UFC 289 which will be headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes and No. 5 female bantamweight Irene Aldana.
Charles Oliveira Personal Life
Charles Oliveira was born and raised in the ghetto of Guaruja in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has a younger brother named Hermison and the two were raised by a single mother named Ozana Oliveira.
Like many Brazilians, the young Charles loved to play soccer and his mother thought that he was going to become a football star like countrymen Pele and Neymar. But Charles could not pursue his soccer dreams because he was diagnosed with abnormal heart murmurs. Additionally, he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis at a very young age.
Because of his health condition, he looked for an alternative avenue where he could keep active. So at the age of 12, he began to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roger Coelho. In 2003, Charles won his first jiu-jitsu tournament in Sao Paulo. But four years later, he discovered mixed martial arts and transitioned to professional MMA.
Oliveira married Talita Roberta Pereira in 2014 and the couple has a daughter named Tayla. According to celebritymirror.com, Talita works at the Hospital Casa de Saúde Guarujá although it did not specify her position in the company.
Charles Oliveira Net Worth
According to the sports website sportskeeda.com, Charles Oliveira has a net worth of $2.5 million as of 2023. The blog wealthygorilla.com however, has Charles valued twice higher at $5.5 million as of 2022. It says that Oliveira made a total of $3.5 million in earnings last year, double the $1.7 million he earned in 2021.
In his last bout against Islam Makhachev, Oliveira made a cool $1.2 million which included $750K in fight purse and a $542,000 pay-per-view bonus.
Sportskeeda also reported that Oliveira made $1.602 million for his fight with Gaethje. This amount included $480,000 in guaranteed purse, $480,000 in win bonus, and $600,000 in incentives plus $42,000 in sponsorship money. Former fighter Chael Sonnen claimed that Oliveira lost an estimated $2 million in pay-per-view and sponsorship money plus 30% of his purse for coming in half a pound heavier than the contracted weight in the Gaethje fight.
Charles Olivera’s wife
Olivera has been married to fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Talita Roberta Pereira. She is also from Guaruja and the pair have been married since 2014. The couple still near the same neighbourhood they grew up in.
In a loving gesture, Oliveira never forgets to give his wife a shoutout in his post-fight interviews. They have a child together, Tayla, born in 2017.
Charles Olivera’s tattoos
Charles Olivera also has multiple tattoos across his body.
He has several horse tattoos on his arms, stemming from his love for the animal and for harness racing. Other animal tattoos Oliveira has inked on his body include a lion, elephant and gorilla.
As is the trend with some MMA fighters, Charles also has his surname “O-L-I-V-E-I-R-A” tattooed in big letters across his back. A tattoo of his daughter Tayla sits on his left pec.
Charles Oliveira Charity Work
Charles Oliveira founders the CB Institute, a non-profit organization, which helps underprivileged kids in his hometown of Guaruja to learn mixed martial arts. Through training and mentorship, the CB Institute aims to keep the youth away from drugs and violence.
Dustin Poirier donated $20,000 to the CB Institute after Oliveira defeated him at UFC 269.
Charles Oliveira Car
Shortly after winning the UFC lightweight championship in May 2021, Oliveira celebrated in style by purchasing a 1969 Dodge Charger. Do Bronx was so excited about the new car that he posted it on Twitter and even tagged Fast and Furious movie star Vin Diesel.
During the UFC 280 media day, Oliveira arrived in a white Ferrari and even asked the crowd how he would bring the car to Brazil.