Charles Oliveira reacts after Khabib Nurmagomedov fight is talked up post UFC 262

May 13, 2021, Houston, Texas, USA: HOUSTON - May 13, 2021: for SPORTS. UFC No. 3 Lightweight Charles Oliveira at an open-to-the-public press conference, PK, Pressekonferenz hosted at the George R. Brown Convention Center ahead of UFC 262 Olivera vs. Chandler on Saturday. Houston USA - ZUMAb177 20210513_zap_b177_031 Copyright: xTaidghxBarronx

Charles Oliveira joined a glorious list featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and others as he became the 11th lightweight champion

Oliveira switched on like a hotspot. He was down and out in the first round. In fact he was almost knocked out by Michael Chandler’s flurry of bombs midway through round 1.

But he came back from God-knows-where to beat ‘Iron Mike’ with his own fists of fury, just 19 seconds into the second round.

Charles Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler at UFC 262
Charles Oliveira defeated Michael Chandler at UFC 262 to become the Lightweight champion (UFC)

With that win, Oliveira became the 11th lightweight champion, and the first Brazilian to win it since Rafael Dos Anjos in 2015. And what’s more? He joined the lightweight glitterati featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis and others.

At a post-fight interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN, Oliveira was asked if he could go on to do something spectacular, which might probably entice even Khabib Nurmagomedov to come back.

Oliveira had a simple answer to that, he said:

“Everybody talks about Khabib. He is a great champion. 29 fights, never lost. But now it’s a new era. The Charles Oliveira era.”

Charles Oliveira breaks long-standing Michael Bisping record after UFC 262 win

Oliveira broke a long-standing UFC record that belonged to UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping for quite a long time.

He became the fighter needing the most fights to claim a title in the UFC. He needed 28. Michael Bisping needed 26, and he achieved it when he famously knocked out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.

Oliveira is expected to face the winner of, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at UFC 264.

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