Charles Oliveira pushed former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar to a decision last year, signifying exactly what the younger can do inside the Octagon.
Tonight, Oliveira will get the chance to push his UFC record above .500 when he faces Andy Ogle at UFC Fight Night 36.
As he prepares to meet Ogle, Oliveira (16-4) believes fight fans are in for a show, as he told MMAjunkie.com recently.
“Expect to see Charles Oliveira, but an improved version,” he said. “My stand up and jiu-jitsu are even sharper now. I am going to put my Muay Thai and boxing into action.
“If he makes any mistakes, expect me to win by knockout; I’m not interest in decisions.”
The 24-year-old is on a two-fight losing skid, but those came at the hands of Edgar and Cub Swanson – who many feel is a top contender in the division. He submitted both Jonathan Brookins and Eric Wisely in 2012 after going 2-2 with one no-contest in his first five UFC fights.
“They understand that by putting me on the main card, they won’t be disappointed,” Oliveira said. “I’ll keep moving forward, win or lose. I’m training for a war.”
Oliveira will also be competing in front of his family, as he said, “My parents will be there to see me fight in the UFC, in person, for the first time.
“I’ll move ahead until I get a knockout or I’m knocked out; until I submit or get submitted.”