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Charles Oliveira Reflects on Close Encounter with Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 300


Oliveira was close to the victory
Charles Oliveira and Arman Tsarukyan at UFC 300

In a thrilling bout at UFC 300, Charles Oliveira and Arman Tsarukyan delivered a showdown that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Despite Oliveira's relentless efforts, Tsarukyan emerged victorious via a split decision at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. However, Oliveira's perspective on the fight provides insights into the intense grappling exchanges that took place.


During an interview with Canal Encarada, Oliveira revealed his thoughts on a critical moment in the fight, saying, 


"30 seconds [left], it was tight, one of the submissions I like the most, D’Arce choke. I thought he went out, that’s why I had my tongue out, joking, you know? But I don’t know, it’s part of the game."


Oliveira, known for his submission prowess with six of his 21 career submissions coming via guillotine choke, expressed regret over not being able to finish Tsarukyan with that move in the opening round. He acknowledged Tsarukyan's resilience, stating, 


"Arman was a super tough guy. I connected some strikes, had bad and good moments. Three rounds, three submissions locked in, and time ran out. It wasn’t meant to be."


The fight's outcome, tied at 19-19 in all three scorecards going into the final round, left Oliveira contemplating the judges' decision. Despite his efforts to finish the fight, he acknowledged the unpredictability of judges' scoring, especially in close contests.


Looking ahead, Oliveira expressed eagerness to return to training but emphasized the importance of strategic planning with his managers Diego Lima and Jorge Patino. He entertained the idea of potential rematches with Max Holloway and Justin Gaethje but remained focused on the next steps in his career.


"We don’t need to get desperate [to return]," Oliveira remarked. "A fight with Max Holloway would be wonderful, but he will definitely go back to his weight class to fight for the 145 title. Justin Gaethje hurt his nose, so we have to think [what’s the next move for me]."


As Oliveira reflects on his performance and plans his next move, fans eagerly anticipate his return to the octagon, where he continues to showcase his skills and resilience in the highly competitive UFC lightweight division.

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