With Conor McGregor mania pretty much eclipsing everyone in the featherweight division -- Jose Aldo included -- it's real easy to forget about the rest of the rising contenders in the weight class.
But during last night's (Sat., May 30, 2015) UFC Fight Night 67 event inside Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, Charles Oliveira reminded the mixed martial arts (MMA) world that he's a forced to be reckoned with at 145-pounds.
In the final round of their rematch, "Da Bronx" sunk in a air-tight guillotine choke on his bitter rival, Nik Lentz, to force the tap from the American who was in dire need of breath after a furious three rounds of action (see it again here).
With a win streak of four to his credit, Oliveira knows a title shot could be around the corner. Which is why he is prepared to take full advantage of the opportunity and doesn't plan on wasting it if and when it comes around.
He said as much during the post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting):
"If you don't want the title, you're in the wrong sport. When I have my chance, I will go there to become champion. I can grow a lot more. I haven't showed anything yet. One day I will get there and win the title. I want to fight and be happy. That's the idea. I want to go back home and rest. I hope the UFC calls me to fight as soon as possible. It doesn't matter the opponent, I want to fight. When the UFC calls me for a shot at the title, be sure I won't waste it."
To sweeten the pot, Oliveira walked away with not one, but two post-fight bonuses which included a $50,000 check for "Performance of the Night," and another one for "Fight of the Night," totaling a whopping $100,000 for his efforts.
Of course, that means Lentz was also rewarded $50,00 for his part in the exciting brawl. Not a bad consolation prize.
For now, Charles is content with taking a fight as soon as possible in order to continue his ascension in the featherweight division.
It's an attitude that serves him well, as he'll likely need another impressive win or two to get to the promised land, as Frankie Edgar -- the last man to defeat Oliveira -- seems to be in line to face the winner of UFC 189's title fight between the aforementioned Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, which goes down on July 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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