Four years ago, Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira chocked out Nik Lentz in a featherweight bout that was later turned to a no-contest due to an illegal knee. Last night (May 30, 2015), in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 67 from Brazil, “Do Bronx” settled the score by scoring a third-round submission win over Lentz in what was a very entertaining back and forth scrap. The Brazilian earned an extra $100,000 in bonuses for his efforts.

Currently ranked at No. 8, Oliveira is now the owner of four-straight wins and has big plans for the future. Speaking at the post-fight press conference, “Do Bronx” said that if a fighter’s mind isn’t on the belt, then he’s in the wrong sport. He also claimed that he hasn’t shown his true potential yet, and one day soon he will get there and become a UFC champion:

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“If you don’t want the title, you’re in the wrong sport,” Oliveira said at the post-fight press conference at the Goiania Arena. “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.”

Continuing on, Oliveira said that he’s looking for a quick turnaround and he hopes the UFC calls him soon. “Do Bronx” would like to keep racking up victories until a title shot is inevitable, and when that time comes, the Brazilian won’t waste the opportunity:

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“If you don’t want the title, you’re in the wrong sport,” Oliveira said at the post-fight press conference at the Goiania Arena. “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.”

“Do Bronx” has clearly evolved over the years, but has he evolved enough to compete with the sharks that inhabit the deep waters at the top of the 145-pound weight class? Guys like current champion Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, Conor McGregor, Ricardo Lamas, and Cub Swanson are no easy task. Oliveira even lost back to back bouts against Swanson and Edgar in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

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Clearly possessing dangerous standup skills due to lethal knees, and a brutal ground game, it will be interesting to see if the new and improved form of Oliveira can rise up the rankings and hang with the divisions elite?

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