Charles Oliveira is widely considered to be one of the most threatening fighters on the ground. Oliveira’s accomplishments inside the UFC Octagon speaks volume about his incredible submission skills, and his tenacity to get the job done.
In a career spanning more than a decade, Charles Oliveira has cemented his legacy as arguably one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. He reigns supreme as the undisputed lightweight champion of the world and continues to prove his fighting prowess in front of fights fans around the world.
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Moreover, Charles Oliveira holds the record for the most number of wins via submission in the UFC with 14. Additionally, he also holds the record for most submission victories in the UFC’s featherweight division. Having held the Submission of the Year accolade from several media outlets, Charles Oliveira’s slickness on the ground makes him one of the most dangerous fighters on the UFC roster today.
This weekend, as he gears up to take on Dustin Poirier in his first title defense, we try to break down his incredible ground game and look at his BJJ accomplishments. Is Charles Oliveira a black belt? Here’s everything you need to know.
Charles Oliveira is a BJJ black belt under Jorge Patino
Charles Oliveira is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under renowned coach and fighter Jorge Patino. According to BJJ Heroes, Oliveira’s coach Jorge Patino received his black belt from Waldomiro Perez, whose sensei learned the craft from the legendary Rickson Gracie.
So what makes Charles Oliveira special? While it’s one way to look at his BJJ accomplishments inside the cage, there’s no denying his unorthodox striking. Oliveira is tall and lanky and has given himself time to fully transition into the lightweight contender that he is today.
Oliviera’s nasty left hook is a thing of wonder, and one cannot look past his aggressive striking. However, it is his ability to strike, and trade blows that open the door for him to execute his ground game.
Charles Oliveira is no stranger to losses either, having suffered 3 submission losses in his tenured UFC career. Additionally, it’s interesting to note that these losses have come against fighters who are not particularly known to submit their opponents.
Do Bronx suffered the first submission loss of his career against Jim Miller in his third UFC bout. He would go on to drop submission losses to Anthony Pettis and Ricardo Lamas, clearly signifying a very aggressive submission game on the ground, where he is often at an equal risk of getting caught with one.
Be that as it may, he has improved significantly since his last losses, and while the striking department still doesn’t match up with the likes of lightweight elites like Dustin Poirier, and Justin Gaethje among others, his ground game is fiercely devastating!