Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu CoachEricson Cardoso and Jorge "Macaco" Patino
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Biography(references)Oliveira was born in a poor family in the favela of Vicente de Carvalho in the tourist town Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil. He was diagnosed with rheumatic fever and heart murmur, which severely affected his ankle; the medic told his family that he could become paraplegic. He was frequently bedridden, but despite all the challenges and his illnesses, Oliveira's parents insisted to put him in sports programs, and after two years he started to recover. Although his family had a very low income, the BJJ gym's coach offered classes for free as part of a social program. Charles Oliveira began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Roger Coelho at the age of 12, winning his first major title as a white belt in 2003.
Fighter Trivia(references)He resides in Guarujá, living near his old neighbourhood of Vicente de Carvalho, and helps his neighbourhood with regular charities. Oliveira was previously nearsighted, and wore eyeglasses all of the time. In October 2022, Oliveira said his eyes are "100 percent perfect" after having had corrective eye surgery.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: UFC Lightweight Championship (One time). One successful title defense
UFC: One successful title defense
UFC: Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Nik Lentz (2) and Frankie Edgar
UFC: Performance of the Night (Twelve times) vs. Andy Ogle, Hatsu Hioki, Nik Lentz, Will Brooks, Clay Guida, Christos Giagos, Jim Miller, David Teymur, Jared Gordon, Kevin Lee, Michael Chandler and Dustin Poirier
UFC: Submission of the Night (Three times) vs. Darren Elkins, Efrain Escudero and Eric Wisely
UFC: Submission of the Year (2014) vs. Hatsu Hioki
UFC: Most finishes in UFC history (19)
UFC: Most submission wins in UFC history (16)
UFC: Most submission wins in the UFC Lightweight division history (10)
UFC: Most submission wins in the UFC Featherweight division history (6)
UFC: Most Post Fight bonuses in UFC history (18) (tied with Donald Cerrone)
UFC: Most Performance of the Night awards in UFC history (12)
UFC: Fifth most wins in UFC history (21)
UFC: Third longest win streak in the UFC Lightweight division history (11)
UFC: One successful title defense
Predator FC: Welterweight Grand Prix Champion
Cageside Press: 2021 Comeback of the Year (tied w/ Sergio Pettis) vs. Michael Chandler
Daily Mirror: 2021 Fighter of the Year
MMAJunkie.com: 2014 February Submission of the Month vs. Andy Ogle
MMAJunkie.com: 2015 May Submission of the Month vs. Nik Lentz
MMAJunkie.com: 2020 March Submission of the Month vs. Kevin Lee
MMAJunkie.com: 2021 May Fight of the Month vs. Michael Chandler
MMAJunkie.com: 2022 May Submission of the Month vs. Justin Gaethje
MMAMania.com: 2014 Submission of the Year vs. Hatsu Hioki
Sherdog.com: 2014 Submission of the Year vs. Hatsu Hioki
Sherdog.com: 2021 Fighter of the Year
World MMA Awards: 2021 Comeback of the Year vs. Michael Chandler at UFC 262
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