Undoubtedly, there will be a long list of native Brazilians who will want to end up on the UFC card in their home country in August.
One young fighter who still lives and trains in Brazil full time is throwing his name in the hat and hoping the UFC pulls it out when matchmaker Joe Silva starts putting things together for the historic show.
Charles Oliveira has been out of action since a surprising submission loss to Jim Miller last December. Not surprising so much that Miller won seeing as he’s a top ten lightweight, but that Oliveira got caught by a submission after showing off his slick jiu-jitsu game through so many of his own fights.
Now that he’s ready to return, Oliveira is hoping the UFC places him on the Brazil card, because that truly would be his best chance to fight in front of his friends and family.
“I would love to fight in my home country of Brazil. I’ll fight wherever the UFC wants me, but it would be extra special in Brazil,” Oliveira told MMAWeekly.com
“A lot of my friends and family would be in attendance.”
Currently sitting with an impressive 14-1 record, Oliviera brings a lot of talent into the lightweight division in the UFC, and could easily match-up with anybody in the division.
For his part, the young Brazilian has never picked an opponent before and he won’t start now, and even if the UFC doesn’t see fit to put him on the card in his home country, he’ll live with that also.
Ultimately, the humble Oliveira is just looking for a shot to redeem himself after the first loss of his career, but nothing would be better than fighting at home.
“Either way, I’m ready to get back into the Octagon,” Oliveira stated. “I want to show the world my talents.”
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