Charles Oliveira began 2012 by submitting Eric Wisely with a rare calf-slicer submission at January’s ‘UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs Davis’ show.
His performance was impressive, demonstrating speed and explosiveness, and was made more impressive by his winning the fight at just 1:43 of the first round. ‘Do Bronx’ looked like he had never fought in any other weight class.
But actually, he had for the first time undergone the tough procedure of cutting weight before a fight. When he used to fight at lightweight he didn't cut more than two kilos and was considered small, but now he has to drop almost ten kilos to make featherweight.
“I saw how difficult is to lose weight but I got to do the process in a correct way with the help of professors and coaches and I even dropped more than the necessary. I did a very correct work with supplements and I was well directed about what I could and should have, combined with a re-education about feeding,” he says.
“I felt well and stronger than my adversary. I am sure I am in the right division. It is among the featherweights that I want to fight and it is the featherweight belt that I want.”
Oliveira, who worked with Brazilian brand IntegralMedica to cut his weight, snapped a disappointing run with the win over Wisely. He had gone 2-2 with one no-contest prior to the victory but the UFC saw great potential in him and kept him on the roster on condition he dropped to 145.