Charles Oliveira scored his five UFC wins via submission, and it’s time to show his hands now.
Coming off a third-round victory over Andy Ogle at UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil, "do Bronx" returns to the Octagon in a featherweight contest against Hatsu Hioki at the UFN show in Auckland, New Zealand, on June 28.
"I always want to submit my opponents, but I’m training a lot my stand up game," Oliveira told MMAFighting.com. "(Hioki) kicks a lot and is really tough, he has done some great fights in the UFC. I will to my best standing. I will force him to make a mistake so I can submit him, but if he gives me openings I will believe in my hand."
"If I put my hands on him, he’s going down," he said. "I’m sure that I will put my hand on him and he will go down."
Oliveira hopes to feature among the top fighters at the 145-pound division and earn a chance to avenge recent losses to Edgar and Swanson.
"Especially with Cub. I’m sure I can beat him if I’m at my best," he said. "I got injured a few minutes before the fight. I deserve an opportunity to fight him again. I also want to fight Frankie. One day we’ll meet again and the result will be different. I was too afraid to make mistakes. I think I could have won against Frankie. My coaches told me to do one thing and I did other.
"At my last fight, I wanted to knock (Ogle) out, and they kept telling me to take him down because he was not on my level. When I took him down and dominated him for a round, I knew I was going to win. I did what my coaches wanted, but I was confident that I could beat him standing."