At the age of just 21, holding a perfect record of 14-0 and with two wins in the UFC already under his belt, Charles ‘Do-Bronx’ Oliveira is one of the hottest young prospects in the promotion at this time.
Ahead of his next fight against Jim Miller at Saturday’s UFC 124 event, Oliveira has been talking about how he spent the $40,000 ‘Submission Of The Night’ bonus he was awarded back at UFC On Versus 2 in August when he arm-barred Darren Elkins after just 41 seconds.
“First of all, I think my family comes first – it’s the foundation of everything, I have a girlfriend…I never went to a nightclub in my life…I’ve never smoked, did drugs or drank,” he tells MMAJunkie. “Do you know what was the first thing I bought (with the $40k)? A little remote control car in the United States. I’ve never had one.”
Beyond that Oliveira showed surprising maturity for his age by using the money to help provide some stability for his family.
“Despite of what I’ve earned, with all the money I have, I got that money and fixed things at home…gave the best things to my mom. Today, thank God, I can give my mom and Dad what they have given me.”
So it appears that he has a good head on his shoulders, and he recognizes the need to stay humble despite his rapid rise through the UFC’s lightweight ranks.
“We go to UFC and the guys ask to take a photo with me and I go there and take a picture with them… There’re guys who say they can’t. I think it’s bullsh*t. You have to be humble. Sometimes I make a mistake, and then my mom comes to me and says. ‘Charles, be careful. You forgot this’…”
It’s nice to hear how grounded Oliveira is, and that can only serve him well in the future. It only adds to the sense that he could be something special in the lightweight division, but at the same time his winning run could quickly grind to a halt on Saturday night against an extremely tough competitor like Miller.
Regardless of whether he wins or loses on Saturday night though, we’re definitely going to be seeing and hearing a lot more from Oliveira in the future.