Heading into UFC Fight Night 74 which went down on August 23, 2015 from Saskatoon, SK, Canada, fight fans, and media members were extremely excited about the main event which featured a bout of rising featherweights, as Max “Blessed” Holloway took on Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira.
However, the bout didn’t turn out as expected, and ended rather horrifying, and rather quickly, as Oliveira suffered an apparent neck injury that left him lying stiff on the canvas.
Recently opening up about the injury, “do Bronx” admitted that he couldn’t move for hours after the fight, and that he was devastated, and scared. However, he is now back to training, and hoping to fight again before the year ends:
“It was four hours without moving my left side.” Oliveira told Combate. “Everything went through my head. I was afraid of being crippled. I was devastated, I cried so much. Not because of the loss, but because of how it was. It was a shock for everybody. My mom cried when she saw me. It was bad, scary, but it’s over now. I’m glad to be training jiu-jitsu again. I’ve been hitting pads and I felt no pain. I hope I can fight before the end of the year, I would like a spot on the December 19 card. I’ll be back soon.”
As far as the Holloway bout goes, Oliveira wouldn’t necessarily consider it a loss, also noting that he’s very interested in a rematch. “Blessed”, however, is scheduled to meet Jeremy Stephens on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194, but Oliveira would still like to remain relevant in the packed 145-pound division:
“I wouldn’t put that fight as a loss, because there was no fight. It wasn’t a punch or a kick from him that defined the fight. I hurt myself. I’d rather be knocked out or submitted. I want that rematch bad, but Holloway has a fight coming up just like everyone else ranked above me, so the important thing is not to stand still. I want to show I’m still in the mix. If I win my next fight, I think it’s fair to face Holloway again.”
Who should “do Bronx” meet next?