“My mind is armored” – Charles Oliveira on what makes him the best in the world

Charles Oliveira is determined to show the world what makes him an elite fighter. Praising his own mental toughness, “Do Bronx” believes his ability to ignore those who doubt him is what led him to be the UFC lightweight champion.

Oliveira is a record holder and history maker in the UFC. The Brazilian holds the record for most submissions in the organization (15) and most finishes (18).

A 10-fight winning streak that began in 2018 and a title defense against Dustin Poirer last December earned “Do Bronx” the fifth spot on the UFC pound-for-pound list.

During an interview with the Brazilian channel Super LutasOliveira was asked what made him the best fighter in the lightweight division.

champion said:

“My mind changed a lot, you know…People saw my last fights. They saw how much I touched it and I kept going. But I think that’s my mind. My mind is armored, you know?! I hear what people say about me and I laugh.”

The Brazilian’s success apparently went unnoticed for a long time, despite his efficiency inside the cage. Another record held by ‘Do Bronx’, the most Performance of the Night bonuses (12), should leave no doubt about his championship titles in the UFC.

However, Oliveira has yet to mock his doubters and those who question him as the kingpin of the division. One look at his impressive CV should be enough to understand that there is no doubting his abilities in the octagon.

Watch the full interview below:

Who’s next for Charles Oliveira?

With a 10-game winning streak and a first title defense under his belt, Charles Oliveira hopes to continue what is the best streak of his career to date when he returns to action.

Stand in his way next? Justin Gaethje, fan favorite and human highlight reel. Gaethje, a former interim lightweight champion, missed out on the title on the first try, losing to undefeated former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In his rebound performance, “The Highlight” stole the show with his fight against Michael Chandler at UFC 268 last November. A unanimous decision victory and a Fight of the Night bonus secured the number one contender spot for Gaethje.

The two lightweights will square off in the main event of UFC 274 on May 7. Will Charles Oliveira extend his winning streak to 11 and retain the title, or will former contender Justin Gaethje get his hands on the belt for the first time? We will know in less than two weeks.

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