Late replacement Charles Oliveira started strongly in the first round against Efrain Escudero, displaying good technique with a versatile range of punches and kicks mixed in with good head movement. It was a style that clearly had Escudero somewhat puzzled, though he was able to score some points of his own in the closing seconds on the mat as he gained top control and threw some solid elbows.
Oliveira continued to impress in the second with his striking, mixing things up well, including some flying knees, as Escudero continued to struggle to find a away to counteract what the Brazilian was offering. Oliveira also scored points with a takedown, though he failed to capitalize on it.
The early stages of the third round was broken up by unintentional groin shots to both men, with Oliveira suffering the most.
When the action restarted Oliveira wasted no time in getting right back to work, and scored an impressive takedown aided by a rebound off the cage. Escudero gets back up but instantly Oliveira steps up onto his back and sinks in a standing rear-naked choke which forces the tap.
This was a brilliant, dynamic and eye-catching performance from Oliveira who took the fight at short notice with only one previous fight in the UFC, and as a result has put himself right on the map. At just 20 years of age there’s undoubtedly big things ahead for him, and for the time being he moves his unbeaten record to 14-0.