Saturday could be a big night for Charles Oliveira. With a win over Michael Chandler in the main event of the UFC 262 pay-per-view card, the Brazilian will claim the vacant UFC lightweight title. With a stoppage victory, Oliveira will pull one finish ahead of Donald Cerrone for most career stoppage wins in UFC history. Oliveira already holds the mark for most career submission wins. If Oliveira lands a double fight-night bonus, he’ll move into a tie with Cerrone for first for most career fight-night bonus awards.
With those accolades, it’s strange to think the 31-year-old has never fought for a UFC title.
Oliveira has his work cut out for him in Chandler. In 2020, the former three-time Bellator lightweight titleholder signed with the UFC as a free agent. Chandler made an impact with his new promotion in his UFC debut. In that contest, Chandler scored a first-round knockout win over Dan Hooker. That victory earned him the fight against Oliveira for the vacant title.
Oliveira began his UFC career as a lightweight in 2010, but after a three-fight winless stretch, he dropped to featherweight. Oliveira struggled with the weight cut to 145 pounds and in 2017 he returned to lightweight. “Do Bronx” went 1-1 in his first two contests back 1t 155. He then went on a seven-fight run where he finished each of his opponents. That stoppage run ended in December when he defeated former interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson by one-sided decision.
Before Oliveira faces Chandler for the UFC lightweight crown, look at where he stands in the UFC record book.
Charles Oliveira UFC records
|Overall UFC records|
|Oliveira is tied for first in UFC history with 16 career finishes|
|Oliveira ranks first in UFC history in submission wins with 14|
|Oliveira ranks second in UFC history in fight-night bonuses with 16|
|Oliveira ranks second in UFC history in submission attempts with 35|
|Overall UFC lightweight records|
|Oliveira ranks second in UFC lightweight history with eight submission wins|
|Oliveira is tied for third in UFC lightweight history with 10 finishes|
|Oliveira is tied for third in UFC lightweight history with an eight-fight winning streak|
|Oliveira ranks third in UFC lightweight history in shortest fight time with an average of 5:54|
|Oliveira ranks fourth in UFC lightweight history in submission average per 15 minutes at 3.22|
|Oliveira ranks fifth in UFC lightweight history in total fight night bonuses with 10|
|Oliveira ranks seventh in UFC lightweight history in submission attempts with 19|
|Oliveira ranks eighth in UFC lightweight history in significant striking accuracy at 52.5 percent|
|UFC lightweight single fight records|
|Oliveira has the seventh fastest submission in UFC lightweight history- 0:41 vs. Darren Elkins on 8-1-2010|