Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira

Full NameCharles Oliveira da Silva

BornOctober 17, 1989

Height5 ft 10 in



Charles Oliveira da Silva is a former UFC Lightweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 33 wins, 9 losses, and 1 No contest. Oliveira is currently ranked #2 in the UFC Lightweight Rankings and #3 in UFC Men's pound-for-pound rankings.

Latest News Update for Charles Oliveira

At UFC 280 on October 22, 2022, Oliveira fought against Islam Makhachev for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. After being knocked down by a punch in the second round, Oliveira was defeated by an arm-triangle choke performed by Islam Makachev.

Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev
Charles Oliveira (left) and Islam Makhachev (right) (Image credits Getty Images)

Early Life and Career

Oliveira was born in the slums of Brazil's Guarujá, a popular tourist destination. At the age of 12, a neighbor by the name of "Paulo" introduced Oliveira to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The BJJ gym's instructor provided training for free as part of a social program considering Charles's impoverished family.

As one of the most successful fighters in the UFC right now, Oliviera suffered from health issues and frequently remained bedridden as a kid. The doctor warned his family that he might develop paraplegia after being diagnosed with rheumatic fever and heart murmur that severely impacted his ankle.

Oliveira started his career in early 2007 in his native land, Brazil. He had a record of 12–0, with 6-KO's and 5-submissions.

Charles made his professional debut at the Predator Fight Championship in March 2008.

Charles Oliveira as a kid.
Charles Oliveira as a kid [Images courtesy: Instagram @charlesdobronxs]

Charles Oliveira’s Career in UFC

Charles Oliveira
Charles Oliveira (Image via @charlesdobronxs on Instagram)

In 2010, Oliveira signed up for the UFC and competed against Darren Elkins in his debut.

41 seconds into the first round, Oliveira submitted Elkins (via armbar). Oliveira next fought at UFC Fight Night 22 against Efrain Escudero, who was initially supposed to face Matt Wiman. The fight got called off due to Wiman's injury.

Charles was on a solid start with two confident and consecutive wins after joining the UFC. However, at UFC 124, in his third match against Jim Miller on December 11, 2010, Oliveira tasted his first defeat in his MMA career. Jim Miller submitted Charles via kneebar at the beginning of the first round.

Then on, Charles Oliveira went on to fight notable names in the UFC, including Donald Cerrone, Max Holloway, Will Brooks, and others. On December 15, 2018, while he was on a 2-winning streak, Oliveira fought Jim Miller again at UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2, and this time he scored a victory, defeating him via submission(rear-naked choke). Charles then went on a wild 9-fight winning streak, defeating Michael Chandler to win the vacant Lightweight Championship title.

Next, Oliveira defended his Championship against Dustin Poirier at UFC 269. In his next fight against Justin Gaethje at UFC 274, Oliveira missed weight, leaving Gathje as the only one eligible to win the belt. Charles won the fight against Gaethje via submission(rear-naked choke)

On October 22, 2022, at UFC 280, Oliveira competed against Islam Makhachev for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship. Islam Makachev defeated Oliveira via arm-triangle choke, winning the bout.

UFC 269: Oliveira v Poirier
Charles Oliveira at UFC 269: Oliveira v Poirier

Charles Oliveira Record

Loss33–9 (1)Islam MakhachevSubmission (arm-triangle choke)UFC 280October 22, 2022
Win33–8 (1)Justin GaethjeSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 274May 7, 2022
Win32–8 (1)Dustin PoirierSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 269December 11, 2021
Win31–8 (1)Michael ChandlerTKO (punches)UFC 262May 15, 2021
Win30–8 (1)Tony FergusonDecision (unanimous)UFC 256December 12, 2020
Win29–8 (1)Kevin LeeSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC Fight Night: Lee vs. OliveiraMarch 14, 2020
Win28–8 (1)Jared GordonKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. JacaréNovember 16, 2019
Win27–8 (1)Nik LentzTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. LeeMay 18, 2019
Win26–8 (1)David TeymurSubmission (anaconda choke)UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2February 2, 2019
Win25–8 (1)Jim MillerSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2December 15, 2018
Win24–8 (1)Christos GiagosSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. AndersSeptember 22, 2018
Win23–8 (1)Clay GuidaSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC 225June 9, 2018
Loss22–8 (1)Paul FelderTKO (elbows)UFC 218December 2, 2017
Win22–7 (1)Will BrooksSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 210April 8, 2017
Loss21–7 (1)Ricardo LamasSubmission (guillotine choke)The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale: dos Anjos vs. FergusonNovember 5, 2016
Loss21–6 (1)Anthony PettisSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC on Fox: Maia vs. ConditAugust 27, 2016
Win21–5 (1)Myles JurySubmission (guillotine choke)UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2December 19, 2015
Loss20–5 (1)Max HollowayTKO (esophagus injury)UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. OliveiraAugust 23, 2015
Win20–4 (1)Nik LentzSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. AlvesMay 30, 2015
Win19–4 (1)Jeremy StephensDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned FinaleDecember 12, 2014
Win18–4 (1)Hatsu HiokiSubmission (anaconda choke)UFC Fight Night: Te Huna vs. MarquardtJune 28, 2014
Win17–4 (1)Andy OgleSubmission (triangle choke)UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. MousasiFebruary 15, 2014
Loss16–4 (1)Frankie EdgarDecision (unanimous)UFC 162July 6, 2013
Loss16–3 (1)Cub SwansonKO (punch)UFC 152September 22, 2012
Win16–2 (1)Jonathan BrookinsSubmission (guillotine choke)The Ultimate Fighter: Live FinaleJune 1, 2012
Win15–2 (1)Eric WiselySubmission (calf slicer)UFC on Fox: Evans vs. DavisJanuary 28, 2012
Loss14–2 (1)Donald CerroneTKO (punches)UFC Live: Hardy vs. LytleAugust 14, 2011
NC14–1 (1)Nik LentzNC (illegal knee)UFC Live: Kongo vs. BarryJune 26, 2011
Loss14–1Jim MillerSubmission (kneebar)UFC 124December 11, 2010
Win14–0Efrain EscuderoSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. PalharesSeptember 15, 2010
Win13–0Darren ElkinsSubmission (armbar)UFC Live: Jones vs. MatyushenkoAugust 1, 2010
Win12–0Diego BattagliaKO (slam)
Warriors Challenge 5
February 14, 2010
Win11–0Rosenildo RochaSubmission (rear-naked choke)
Win10–0Eduardo PachuDecision (split)Eagle Fighting ChampionshipSeptember 26, 2009
Win9–0Alexandre BezerraSubmission (anaconda choke)First Class Fight 3September 18, 2009
Win8–0Dom StancoSubmission (rear-naked choke)Ring of Combat 24April 17, 2009
Win7–0Carlos SoaresSubmission (triangle armbar)Jungle Fight 12: Warriors 2March 21, 2009
Win6–0Elieni SilvaTKO (knee and punches)
Korea Fight 1
December 29, 2008
Win5–0Daniel FernandesKO
Win4–0Mehdi BaghdadTKO (punches)Kawai Arena 1December 13, 2008
Win3–0Diego BragaTKO (punches)
Predator FC 9: Welterweight Grand Prix
March 15, 2008
Win2–0Viscardi AndradeTKO (punches)
Win1–0Jackson PontesSubmission (rear-naked choke)

Charles Oliveira’s Most Popular Fights

Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makachev

Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev
Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev [Images courtesy of @MAKHACHEVMMA on Twitter]

On October 22, UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev took place at Abu Dhabi's Etihad Arena in the United Arab Emirates. In the evening's main event, former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (33-9, 1 NC) and Islam Makhachev (23-1) squared off for the vacant lightweight championship on the line. Islam Makachev went on to win the bout, submitting Charles Oliveira 3:16 into the second round via an arm triangle choke.

Charles Oliveira vs Justin Gaethje

Charles Oliveira submits Justin Gaethje at UFC 274
Charles Oliveira submits Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 [Image courtesy: @MMAFighting on Twitter]

When Oliveira failed to make weight for his title match against Justin Gaethje in May earlier this year at the Footprint Center, Phoenix, he was stripped of his lightweight title. However, on the fight day, the former lightweight champion dropped Gaethje with a menacing right hand early in the first round, pinning him to the ground and submitting him with a rear-naked choke, winning the bout.

Charles Oliveira vs Dustin Poirier

UFC 269: Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier
UFC 269: Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier

At UFC 269, Charles Oliveira faced Dustin Poirier, submitting Poirier in the third round with a rear naked choke retaining the UFC lightweight title.

FAQs on Charles Oliveira

Q. How many KO’s does Charles Oliveira have?

Charles Oliveira has 9 KO’s in total, out of his 33 wins.

Q. What is Charles Oliveira’s religion?

Charles Oliveira is a Christian by religion.

Q. Who is Charles Oliveira married to?

Charles Oliveira is married to Talita Roberta Pereira.

*Last updated 25th October 2022

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