Talented featherweight contender Charles Oliveira got back into the win column at last night’s UFC Fight Night 36, submitting Andy Ogle with a slick third round triangle. The victory righted the ship for “Do Bronx,” who was on a small snide after two tough losses to top competitors Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson.
Oliveira put on a Brazilian jiu-jitsu clinic from the opening bell, taking Ogle down and looking for several fight-ending chokes. For his part, however, Ogle was a resilient opponent, reversing a few of Oliveira’s takedowns to actually score some of his own.
But it wasn’t meant to last, as Oliveira lulled “The Little Axe” into a false sense of security in the final round, leaving the door open for “Do Bronx’s” finishing hold. The effort got him $50,000 for one of the newly minted “Performance of the Night” bonuses, a trend that should continue in the near future.
The 24-year-old “Do Bronx” is just getting started in the UFC after facing some of the toughest challengers at both featherweight and lightweight. Ogle was a huge step down in competition for Oliveira, who has faced Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller, and Nik Lentz in addition to Edgar and Swanson.
While his record isn’t exactly stellar against those big names, he’s got a ton of time to improve, and the experience of fighting the best will undoubtedly lend to Oliveira’s rapid maturation as a fighter. He should be due for another big fight in a stacked division, so it’ll be interesting to see where Oliveira goes from here.
Check out the fight video highlights of Oliveira vs. Ogle courtesy of FOX Sports below: