It has been nothing short of a busy last couple of years for Charles Oliveira.
Oliveira, who recently re-signed with the UFC, has fought seven times in the past 700-plus days, and decided he would not take a fight in October when asked by the UFC.
Instead, the Brazilian will focus on getting his body 100-percent healthy and stronger before stepping back inside the Octagon and trying to snap out of a recent funk that has seen him go 0-2-1.
“It’s not that I don’t want to keep fighting all the time, I like it, but I rather rest a while,” said Oliveria, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “My nose is hurt, my leg ain’t good…I said, ‘I know Dana (White) likes me and they’ll give me another fight soon, so independently of who he offers me, I don’t want it, I want to rest a while, enjoy my girlfriend’s company, my family, my brothers and people who like me’ and he agreed.”
Oliveira said he did not know who he would have faced in October, and didn’t ask.
Many believe a drop down in weight classes would benefit the 21-year-old, but he does not agree.
“There’s no way I could do it, man, I’m too tall,” Oliveira said. “Everybody tells me to drop, but I can’t, for me to fight on the lightweight division is already hard on me.”
Oliveira said that he would consider a fight in November or December if the UFC came calling, but that he was also fine with waiting until next year before returning to action.