Charles Oliveira’s will be back in action in February, but not inside the UFC’s Octagon.
The Brazilian featherweight is slated to grapple three-time jiu-jitsu world champion Celso Venicius in a 10-minute match under ADCC rules in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Feb. 11, sources told MMA Fighting.
Oliveira (21-7, 1 NC in MMA) competed for years in jiu-jitsu before making his transition to MMA in 2008. “do Bronx” holds a 9-7 UFC record with one no-contest, with eight of those wins coming by way of submission.
Venicius won the IBJJF world championship as a black belt in 2005, 2006 and 2008. The talented grappler made his mixed martial arts debut in 2011, and compiled a 5-1 record in the Brazilian circuit with three submission victories.
The Oliveira-Venicius grappling match is promoted by ADCC. Later that day, Arzalet Fighting Globe Championship will take place at the Mauro Pinheiro gymnasium in Sao Paulo, and feature the MMA debut of grappling wizard Rodolfo Vieira against Zarylbek Daniyar.