Charles Oliveira bitterly resisted moving up to lightweight, even as his weight misses at featherweight piled up.
But after his performance at UFC 210 on Saturday night, he should be wondering why he took so long to move up.
Oliveira (22-7, 1 NC) looked tremendous at Buffalo’s KeyBank Center, as he needed just 2:30 to submit former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks in the main-card opener via rear naked choke.
Brooks and Oliveira traded body kicks at the outset before Oliveira scored a takedown. Brooks worked to his feet, only to eat a knee to the body. Oliveira got Brooks’ back and although Brooks was standing, he couldn’t shake free of Oliveira once he sunk in the choke.
“I’m the best there is in jiu-jitsu,” said Oliveira, who weighed in at 153 for the fight. “I brought everything, I came here to do everything I came to do.”
The Houston resident by way of Brazil scored his 14th career submission, his 20th career finish, and won for the second time in his past three fights. Brooks (19-3) has dropped two straight.