“Do Bronx” Oliveira, who captured the vacant lightweight title with a second-round TKO over Michael Chandler this past May in Houston, TX, has decided to buy replicas of the UFC belt to gift his longtime coaches after a 11-year journey that led to the Chute Boxe talent finally clinching UFC gold.
Oliveira originally planned on buying the belts down the line, he told MMA Fighting, but changed plans after he found out he would accompany Lima and “Macaco” to Las Vegas to corner Chute Boxe teammate Laureano Staropoli against Roman Dolidze at UFC Vegas 28 on June 5.
“The day after I fought and won, I contacted Lilian (Caparroz, UFC PR coordinator) and said I wanted to buy it for them because they are also part of it,” Oliveira told MMA Fighting. “They are world champions just like me. They deserve it.”
The UFC lightweight king didn’t disclose how much he paid for each belt, but the replica belt is for sale at the UFC Store website for $850 each. On his social media, Lima wrote they were surprised by Oliveira entering the hotel room with a couple of boxes and saying “this belt also has to be in your homes.”
“Imagine my face and ‘Macaco’s with this surprise and hearing that,” Lima wrote. “We ended up crying of joy one my time [laughs]. Thank you Charles, you’re out of the ordinary, a real example. I’m your fan and I’m proud to be walking by your side.”
The UFC has yet to announce who will be the first to challenge Oliveira for the lightweight throne, but the Brazilian is expected to return to Las Vegas in July to be cageside for the upcoming trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Oliveira said “there’s not much they can do” than than booking him versus the winner of Poirier vs. McGregor next.
“I think that’s the fight to make, so I’ll wait and see what happens,” he said. “ I’m enjoying the moment, but I won’t stop training.”