Former UFC Lightweight champion Charles Oliveira recently spilled the beans about how his father reacted to him being stripped of the lightweight title ahead of UFC 274, saying that his old man shed tears like a child.
Back in May, at the weigh-ins before his UFC 274 fight against Justin Gaethje, Oliveira weighed in at 155.5, going over the limit by half a pound and was stripped of from the lightweight belt, making him the only UFC champion ever to lose a title on the scale.
Even though only Gaethje was eligible to win the now vacant belt, Oliveira went on to defeat him with a first-round submission victory and immediately earned a direct shot at the 155-pound gold.
While speaking on episode 418 of the Podpah podcast, “Do Bronx” shared how his family felt over him missing weight and losing the title, weighing in on his father’s emotional reaction and it was Oliveira himself who consoled him.
“Man, my dad called me desperate, crying like a child. And I was like, ‘Calm down, don’t worry, we’ll fix this,’ and such. But my dad was just crying,” said Oliveira. [H/T Sportskeeda]
Charles Oliveira feels his UFC 280 fight against Islam Makhachev is “another title defense”
Despite not being eligible for the title at UFC 274, the dominating win over Gaethje immediately earned Oliveira a direct shot at the 155-pound belt once again, and the Brazilian is now slated to face Islam Makhachev for the vacant belt at UFC 280 on 22nd October in Abu Dhabi.
However, Oliveira is already feeling the belt around his waist and during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, opined that the Makhachev fight is coming to him as another title defense.
“The belt is already mine. To me, this is another title defense,” said Oliveira via a translator, “I made weight, I’m sure I made weight. I feel like I was robbed. It was really hard – I heard my dad crying, my daughter was questioning why I lost the belt. It was very upsetting. It went against all the dedication I put into this. But the most important part was that I showed my championship mentality. Even after all that happened, I pulled through and still put on a show for everyone.”
“I’m going to where he (Islam) wants the fight. It’s where he thinks he’ll beat me. I can beat him on the ground. Maybe people think I’m the underdog, but I am better. I’ve had tougher fights and bigger wins,” the 32-year-old added.
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