LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 30: Charles Oliveira works out for the media during The Ultimate Fighter Live open workouts at the UFC Training Center on May 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
For his first two bouts in the UFC, Charles Oliveira was a revelation. He jumped directly into the fray and submitted two credible opponents, earning him a bout against much tougher opposition.
Unfortunately for Oliveira, that opposition came in the form of Jim Miller, who crushed him in the first round. A no-contest and a loss to Donald Cerrone would follow in short order, and Oliveira found himself back on the outside looking in.
But Oliveira did what all smart lightweights do: When in the midst of a losing streak, drop a weight class. Or two.
Oliveira had a successful featherweight debut back in January, and he'll look to make it two in a row against the ultra-tough Jonathan Brookins.
Could a win over Brookins vault Oliveira into the superstar-thin top of the division? Sure. Especially if Oliveira can finish the former Ultimate Fighter winner.