charles-oliveira-7.jpgBrazilian featherweight Charles Oliveira (16-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will soon enter the biggest fight of his young career, and he’ll do so with a new contract in hand.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Oliveira rep Wade Hampel that “Do Bronx” recently signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC.

UFC officials recently announced Oliveira’s next appearance will be a fight with former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at July’s UFC 162 event in Las Vegas.

At just 23 years old, Oliveira already has eight UFC appearances under his belt (though a June 2011 win over Nik Lentz doesn’t count on his official record since it was later overturned to a no contest due to an illegal knee).

He opened his octagon run with back-to-back “Submission of the Night” wins over “The Ultimate Fighter 8? winner Efrain Escudero and Darren Elkins but then struggled in losses to top contenders Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller and elected to drop to 145 pounds.

Oliveira opened his featherweight run with submission wins over “The Ultimate Fighter 12? winner Jonathan Brookins and Eric Wisely. The Wisley victory also earned the Brazilian a third career “Submission of the Night” bonus.

Oliveira stumbled again this past September, missing weight for a UFC 152 bout with Cub Swanson and then suffering a first-round knockout loss. However, the bout with Edgar provides an opportunity for a signature win.

For the latest on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

5 Takeaways From UFC 197: Jon Jones, the Disappearing Man

  • 29 days ago
  • 21 views

We take a look at the biggest takeaways from the UFC 197 card. read news >>

UFC 198 Free Fight: Stipe Miocic Knocks Out the Late Shane Del Rosario

  • 28 days ago
  • 53 views

In his third appearance in the Octagon, Stipe Miocic remained unbeaten after knocking out the late Shane Del Rosario at 146. read news >>

Sid Bice Wants to Show He Can Fight the Best the World Has to Offer

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

Not looking ahead, Sid "Vicious" Bice heads into Titan FC 38 looking to show that he can fight the best fighters in the world. read news >>

Bellator Signs Three-Time All-American Wrestler Jarod Trice

  • 21 days ago
  • 12 views

Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of three-time All American wrestling prospect Jarod Trice to an exclusive, multi-fight contract. read news >>

Invicta FC 17 Weigh-in Results and Video: Dual Title Fights Set

  • 17 days ago
  • 8 views

Check out the Invicta FC 17: Evinger vs. Schneider weigh-in results and video replay ahead of Saturday night's event in California. read news >>

Watch: Alistair Overeem Knocks Out Andrei Arlovski with "Karate Kid" Crane Kick

  • 16 days ago
  • 96 views

Just 18 months ago, Alistair Overeem was the biggest bust in UFC history. 'Reem signed with the UFC in 2011 with a massive wave of hype behind him. Dream heavyweight champion. Strikeforce heavyweight read news >>

UFC Rotterdam: 5 ‘Heavyweight’ Takeaways

  • 13 days ago
  • 51 views

We take a look at the five "biggest" takeaways from UFC Rotterdam. It's the heavyweights, y'all. read news >>

Belfort living the dream decades into career

  • 12 days ago
  • 0 views

Almost 20 years since his Octagon debut, Vitor Belfort is showing no signs of slowing in search of ufc glory read news >>

Newly Crowned ONE Atomweight Champ Angela Lee Signs Huge New Contract

  • 11 days ago
  • 18 views

Earlier in May, Angela Lee won the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight title. On Thursday, it was announced the 19-year-old had signed a bumper new pay deal. read news >>

UFC 198 Weigh-in Results: Biggest Brazilian Fight Card Ever Gets the Green Light

  • 11 days ago
  • 45 views

Saturday's Brazilian blockbuster UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic got the green light on Friday after the fighters weighed in before 20,000-plus fans in Curitiba. read news >>