There was a party in Sao Paulo to celebrate the return of newly-crowned UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira.
“Do Bronx” brought the belt back to his hometown of Guaruja, Sao Paolo on Monday, and he shared the moment with people throughout the area during a raucous fire truck parade throughout the city. Oliveira’s coach, Diego Lima, captured the joyous occasion in a video on his Instagram account.
In addition to the hero’s welcome, Oliveira also had a mural of his likeness dedicated to him by artist Wilis Cavalcante. Cavalcante told MMAFighting.com that he began the 1,070-square foot mural on Friday and spent approximately 24 hours painting until its completion on Sunday. The artist did his work without knowing the result of the fight.
It’s been a long journey to the top for Oliveira, who claimed UFC gold in his 28th fight with the promotion thanks to a second-round stoppage of Michael Chandler in the UFC 262 headliner on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Brazilian has won his last nine Octagon appearances.
Marcelo Alonso contributed to this report.