Oliveira Re-Invents Himself As Featherweight
Posted on 30 May 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Brazilian fighter Charles Oliveira spoke with MMAJunkie about re-inventing himself as a featherweight after three less-than-satisfying fights in the UFC's lightweight division, as well as his upcoming fight at The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale this Friday. Here are some highlights:
About dropping from lightweight to featherweight: "When I fought at 155 pounds, the guys were bigger than me. Now I'm cutting weight, and I'm ready. It's hard, but when you have God on your side, it's not impossible. It was very important for my career because I had two losses and a no-contest. I told the UFC, 'Please, I want to drop down a division,' and the UFC accepted. I put on a good show for the UFC. That was very important for me, and I feel happy."
About his upcoming opponent Jonathan Brookins: "He's a good fighter. I respect him a lot because he's like me. He wants to move up step by step."
About hopefully fighting for a title someday: "I want to fight for the belt one day. When Dana White or Joe Silva calls my name, I'll be ready. I'm taking it step by step. I'm working toward that, and I just want to fight the best guys."