Why Is Charles Oliveira Called ‘Do Bronxs’? Meaning Behind Brazilian UFC Star’s Nickname

The known UFC lightweight, Beneil Dariush, showcased superb prowess in his recent UFC run. Prior to his UFC 289 bout, ‘Benny’ amassed a remarkable 8-fight win streak, displaying himself as a strong contender for the divisional gold. He also took on the noted former UFC lightweight champ, Charles Oliveira, in a virtual title shot eliminator at UFC 289. However, the prowess of the former champion proved too much for him to handle. Oliveira, who was fighting for the first time after getting a stunning lion face tattoo on his back, finished off the Iranian in the opening round of their bout.

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This is probably why most of the UFC community backed ‘Do Bronxs’ to win the UFC 280 lightweight championship bout against Islam Makhachev. But sadly, Oliveira couldn’t get the better of his opponent that night. However, reaching the top of the UFC from a background like Oliveira’s is a commendable feat. Most fans would agree that he has a pretty grateful personality. Many of them may have noticed the tattoos on the chest of the Brazilian. A lot of followers view them as a fashion only. But the avid ones are aware of the fact that the Brazilian honors his parents with tattoos of their faces on his chest. Oliveira’s moniker, ‘Do Bronxs’ is also a symbolic one and carries a similar vision behind it.

What does Charles Oliveira’s nickname ‘Do Bronxs’ mean?


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A large chunk of fans might know that Oliveira’s journey to the UFC contains a number of debacles. He was born in 1989 in the Guarujá area of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Like several other UFC fighters, he also had to go through a troubled childhood. The 33-year-old grew up in the favela of Vicente de Carvalho in Guaruja. Most fans might be unaware of the fact that ‘favela’ is the Portuguese word for what we call ‘slums’ in English. But they might have an idea about what life in a slum looks like. Oliveira’s childhood wasn’t any different.

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But the Brazilian carries the opinion that he couldn’t have reached the top of the UFC if he hadn’t spent his childhood years in the favela. His nickname, ‘Do Bronxs’, actually means ‘the guy from the Bronxs’, where the Bronx is a synonym for favela. Hence, it’s quite apparent that Oliveira never really forgot where he came from or what got him here.

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Charles Oliveira’s hometown and early life

Being from the slums, it’s quite apparent that Oliveira has had to see the tough side of life since childhood. Apart from a poverty-stricken life in the favela of Vicente de Carvalho in Guaruja, he was also diagnosed with a few major physical issues. He suffered from chronic physical pain and had severe difficulties walking sometimes. They also diagnosed him with rheumatic fever and irregular heart murmurs, which ruptured his ankle heavily.

In an interview with ‘ESPN MMA’, Oliveira revealed that, while he was seven years of age, a doctor said he would never walk again. But a look at his stature today might give the fans an idea of the extreme hardships that he had to go through in order to become what he is today. He overcame his earlier difficulties and joined Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at age 12. Oliveira trained hard and became the BJJ champion of São Paulo, just two months after his start.

However, it was in 2007 that ‘Do Bronxs’ started to take an interest in the sport of MMA. He started his career in the same year and showcased superb prowess in MMA as well. Oliveira ramped up an undefeated record of 14-0 in his professional MMA career by 2010.

Charles Oliveira – Giving back to Guaruja

As already mentioned earlier, Oliveira is a thoroughly grateful person. Almost the entire UFC community loves Oliveira because of his humble nature. Apart from this, growing up in a slum made him familiar with the severe trouble that slum-dwellers go through every day. This is why he takes pride in the fact that someone from a favela in Brazil became a UFC champion.


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But the once-poor boy from the favela has everything to lead a luxurious life today. And it isn’t surprising that he opts to do his duties for the development of his hometown. He came up as a savior for the poor people of his hometown at the time of the COVID-19 lockdown. Oliveira also shared a post on Twitter (now ‘X’) showcasing the food and daily life essentials he was going to distribute among the unfortunate masses of Guaruja.

Oliveira runs the Charles Oliveira Institute, which provides free BJJ and MMA training to kids and young adults in Guaruja. The noted UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier also donated $20,000 to his institute, which Oliveira used for developmental purposes.


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Hence, it’s quite apparent that the entire country of Brazil will be rooting for him when he takes the cage for his UFC lightweight championship rematch against Islam Makhachev. But do you think the Brazilian has enough to get the better of the Dagestani this time? How do you see the UFC 294 main event ending?

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