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Video: UFC champion Charles Oliveira gets hero’s reception in hometown with fire truck ride, giant mural

Photo via Wilis Cavalcante

Charles Oliveira dreamed about the day he would take the UFC belt “to the favela and all the kids being able to touch it,” and this day has arrived.

Two days after stopping Michael Chandler in the main event of UFC 262 in Houston, Texas, to become the lightweight king, Oliveira returned to his hometown of Guaruja, Sao Paulo, and had a fire truck waiting for the UFC star, who was celebrated by the people during a tour around the city.


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Posted by on Monday, May 17, 2021

“I’ve always wanted to paint something about Charles and didn’t even think about the fight that was coming up,” Wilis Cavalcante, the artist, told MMA Fighting. “He’s awesome. I found that gigantic wall and said, ‘this is it.’ And it turned out that it was right around his title fight.”

Cavalcante started working on the mural on Friday morning, he said, and only finished it in on Sunday. In total, he spent 24 hours painting the 1,070-square foot mural.

“I woke up on Sunday without knowing the result of the fight,” Cavalcante said. “I got a lot of texts saying he won and it was so much celebration. I watched some highlights of the fight and went back to the wall to finish the mural. It was amazing.”

Cavalcante shared photos of the whole process on his social media.

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