Featherweight Charles Oliveira will get the opportunity to compete in front of a partisan crowd this weekend when the talented Brazilian squares off against Andy Ogle at UFC Fight Night 36. Oliveira is a promising prospect who most recently put on a solid show in a spirited scrap against Frankie Edgar at UFC 162. Oliveira lost by decision in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.
The talented 24-year-old was highly touted when he first entered the UFC with a 12-0 record and impressed in his lightweight debut by submitting Darren Elkins. However, since that successful Octagon debut, “Do Bronx” has gone just 3-4-1 and made the decision a few fights back to move down to the 145-pound ranks.
Oliveira has six knockouts and nine submission wins to his credit in 16 career victories. He obviously has finishing skills, but unfortunately hasn’t been able to get the job done when stepping up against elite competition. While he did show plenty of heart in going the distance against Edgar, he has been submitted in the first round by Jim Miller and knocked out in the opening stanza by both Donald Cerrone and Cub Swanson.
The lanky Brazilian had been slated to appear at UFC 166, but pulled out of a fight with Jeremy Larsen due to an injury. Oliveira did up his stock with the effort against Edgar, but is riding a two-fight losing skid. He will need to post a win against Ogle as another setback would definitely hamper his career development. Oliveira has had a knack for being involved in exciting bouts, having earned a handful of Fight Night bonuses.
As for Ogle, the English fighter should also have a high level of desperation for this bout. He has a career mark of 9-3 but is just 1-2 with the UFC. His last fight was decision loss on home turf at UFC Fight Night 30 against Cole Miller. Ogle was part of the Ultimate Fighter Season 15 where he managed to make it to the semi-finals, only to lose against Al Iaquinta. “The Little Axe” knows unlike his last Octagon appearance, he’s the one entering hostile territory as he tangles with Oliveira on his home soil.
Two featherweights badly in need of a win should make for an entertaining affair. Oliveira will be looking to get his once-promising career back on the right path with a victory, while Ogle will be looking to play the role of spoiler. It’s a fight that Oliveira needs to make a statement in.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports