UFC lightweight Charles Oliveira has lost two of his last three bouts, and the other was ruled a no contest.
Now, the once promising career of Oliveira may have to come to fruition at a different weight class, as talks of him moving down to featherweight have started.
“He does have a big frame,” Oliveira’s manager, Wade Hampel said. “In another five years, I see him fighting at 185. But right now, we’re considering moving him down.”
The 21-year-old won his first 14 fights, including seven by submission, before running into a rough patch. He was submitted by Jim Miller, had a fight with Nik Lentz changed from a win to a no contest, and was defeated by TKO at the hands of Donald Cerrone.
Oliveira has already grown from 5-foot-10 when he entered the UFC to his current 6-foot-2 status.
“He’s the ultimate fighter,” Hampel said. “He just fights. If we told him to go fight at 205, he’d go fight at 205.”
Oliveira’s preference would be just to remain in the UFC and fight at any weight, according to Hampel.