Charles Oliveira’s amazing run continued in wild fashion on Saturday night.
“Do Bronx” added to his UFC record for submissions by recording his 13th against David Teymur at UFC Fortaleza, giving him four submission wins in just the past eight months.
But what a ride it was getting to the second-round finish in the lightweight matchup.
Teymur hit Oliveira with a nasty eye poke early in the opening round, leading referee Jerin Valel to issue a rare point deduction. And things only picked up from there, as a fired-up Oliveira came flying out of the timeout — taking another eye poke first — and landing all sorts of shots, from running knees that connected flush to big right hands. Teymur, for his part, landed often enough to keep his opponent honest and stay in the fight.
But Oliveira stayed fired up as the bout hit the second round. He rocked Teymur with a forearm shot, started firing punches after Teymur turned around, and then took him to the mat and cinched in a nasty anaconda choke for the tap at the 55-second mark.
For his part, Oliveira said he didn’t think Teymur threw the eye poke which set off the frenetic battle on purpose.
“I don’t think it was his intention,” Oliveira said. “I was just doing my job.”
Oliveira, who will be a favorite to add to his 13 career postfight bonuses, has now won four straight and five of six. Teymur (8-2) had an eight-fight win streak snapped and lost for the first time in his six UFC bouts.