Now that he’s passed UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie for a prestigious record, Charles Oliveira is all business.
Oliveira (24-8 MMA, 12-8 UFC) on Saturday night earned a UFC record 11th submission win, tapping out Christos Giagos with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their lightweight bout that served as the FS2-featured prelim.
Afterward, Oliveira made it clear to both UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Mick Maynard that he wants to go back featherweight. He had some interesting names on his mind for who his next opponent could be.
How about either of two fellow Brazilians or a vaunted Russian striker?
“I want to go back to the featherweight division, which is my category. I ask to just be put in the game again,” Oliveira said. “There is Jose Aldo. There is Renato Moicano, who has been asking to fight. There is the Russian that nobody wants to face (Zabit Magomedsharipov). I am here. I fight any opponent.”
Aside from that, there was some reflection on what it means to surpass Gracie for the submission record.
“Breaking Royce’s record at age 28 is the proof that I made the right choices in my career,” Oliveira said. “I’m ready to break others. When I signed for this fight, I said that the entire favela would come down and see the Bronx boy fighting, and that’s what I showed. This win is for my friends and family that came here, that followed all the problems. Everything that comes hard is because it will work.”
Oliveira now has won two straight for his first winning streak since 2015, when he won four straight.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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