Win or lose, Charles Oliveira is fast establishing himself as one of the most exciting young fighters in the sport, and he did nothing to hurt that reputation on Friday night. The 22-year-old Brazilian showed off an improved striking game before going to his bread-and-butter grappling to earn a first-round submission win over Jonathan Brookins at the TUF Live Finale.
After a scramble, Oliveira trapped Brookins with a modified guillotine choke against the fence and got the tap at 2:42 of the second round.
It was the second straight win at featherweight for Oliveira since moving down.
"This is my house, this is my family, I love it here," he said. "One-hundred-forty-five pounds is my division, and I'm going to go step-by-step to get my belt."
In the first, Oliveira got the better of the striking exchanges, bloodying Brookins with a sharp right hand. Looking comfortable on his feet, he didn't force the takedown tries, but finally took one when it came in the second, and got Brookins down, soon after leading to the finish.
Oliveira is now 16-2 with 1 no contest in his career, and notably has 15 of his wins by way of stoppage. He is also only the second man ever to stop Brookins, the other being divisional champion Jose Aldo.
Brookins, the season 12 Ultimate Fighter winner, saw his record drop to 13-4.