CHARLES OLIVEIRA’s many fights in the gym helped him weather the adversity he faced in his title defense against Dustin Poirier last weekend.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt retained his lightweight title in the main event of UFC 269 in Las Vegas with a third round victory, aided by a behind naked-choke.
But he struggled in the first round as a dominant Poirier took down a staggering 56 headers en route to dropping him twice.
Oliveira, however, weathered the storm and came back in an impressive second round before winning the third round, something head coach Diego Lima believes was made possible thanks to fights war that he experienced at the Chute Boxe branch in Sao Paulo.
Immediately after the game, Lima told SunSport: ‘I am very pleased with the performance. It is very difficult.
“But that’s how he does it at the gym all the time. It’s a fight all the time.
“He went through that in the gym all the time. And you saw what happened.”
Seeing Oliveira, 32, the embodiment of the warrior spirit The famous old Chute Boxes were a source of great pride for Lima.
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The Do Bronx’s longtime coach beamed outside the T-Mobile Arena as he said, “I’m so proud of him.
“Very, very proud of him because Chute Boxe is forged in steel. And he has a Chute Boxe tattoo on his back.
“We are very proud to have him and it is an honor to walk alongside him.”
Oliveira’s second defense of his lightweight strap will see him buckle horns with former interim president and fan favorite Justin Gaethje.
The pair’s end date is yet to be fixed, although SunSport understands the fight will likely take place in May or June.
Gaethje considered the soft-spoken Brazilian as a failure to build on his first title defense record but has since changed his tune.
Either way, Oliveira doesn’t care about the opinion of the Highlight cameraman – who had top vision for his tenth win of the match.
During UFC 269’s post-fight press conference, the Sao Paulo launch expert said: “Listen, I don’t care. I come here and I do it.
“I’m not on the internet, I’m not on Twitter, I’m not on Facebook trying to show people what’s going on.
“I’m here, I’m the champion, I have this belt, I’ll keep defending it, I don’t care what people say. I’ll do it.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4293658/charles-oliveira-dustin-poirier-ufc-269-fight-diego-lima/ Charles Oliveira ‘fights all the time’ in the gym and a ‘tough’ win over Dustin Poirier wasn’t a shock to the UFC star’s trainer