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Charles Oliveira’s Coach Expects ‘Impressive’ Win Over Justin Gaethje at UFC 274

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It should come as no shock to anyone that the coach of the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion expects his fighter to win impressively.

The current king of lightweight, Charles Oliveira, has won each of his last 10 outings, including nine with a finish. This year since the December victory over Dustin Poirier, Oliveira did not waste much time preparing for the next challenge: Justin Gaethje. “Do Bronx” will face the famous striker in UFC 274, a card that was originally announced for Brazil, but was transported to the US due to the pandemic. Oliveira was not thrilled with the move, according to coach Diego Lima, who spoke to Serdog this week about the match and more.

“It certainly was a big disappointment,” Lima explained. “There is no greater feeling for a champion than to fight [in front of
their] home crowd. Of the 29 games that Charles played [the] UFC, played six times in Brazil. Coincidentally or not, he won it all. “Fighting with the support of the Brazilian crowd is invaluable to at least one Brazilian fighter.”

The coach also recalled that Oliveira was the first to play without an audience, doing so at the beginning of the pandemic against Kevin Lee in Brasilia. “Do Bronx” would have preferred to be the first to fight again in front of a Brazilian crowd as a local champion, but he understands that it is complicated.

“Of course Charles was very sad when he heard the news, but we know the difficult times that people are going through. All the bureaucracy and politics involved in such a decision. “We can do nothing but train harder and fight to keep our belts,” mourned Chute Boxe leader Sao Paulo.

Having an impressive victory in the second round against Poirier, where the champion was criticized for the many blows in the first round, Lima revealed that they did not make any changes in his training routine.

“Charles is becoming more and more complete every time in all areas and people could feel that in his last ten games,” admitted the head coach. “Today, he is not a jiu-jitsu fighter in MMA. is an MMA fighter and world MMA champion. Our camp is basically the same. Charles has a schedule where he trains everything. Very muay Thai, fight, ground [training]. Our goal is always the same: to finish the match and my concern, as a coach, is to find what the opponent will bring us and to start working on it “.

Lima continued, “Contra [Kevin Lee], we worked a lot on the frontal kicks. against [Tony
Ferguson], we knew that stabilizing it on the ground would be a great choice. against [Michael
Chandler], we worked in a better range of Charles. against Poirier, we knew his boxing skills were excellent, and as soon as Charles walked forward, we worked our knees [strikes]. »

Against Gaethje, the Lima coach was quick to point out that exploiting Gaethje’s aggression is a key tactic in the match.

“Gaethje is a very aggressive opponent with a lot of weapons and we are working on his game in all areas,” said Lima. “All I can say is that you can expect an Oliveira as aggressive as the one who fought Poirier, without leaving results in the hands of the judges. You will never see Charles enter the Octagon to avoid losing. He will always fight to win and you can expect another impressive one on Gaethje.