Charles Oliveira didn't have his usual weight woes while competing at lightweight -- or any woes for that matter.
Oliveira was overwhelming in his quick victory against former Bellator champion Will Brooks, who didn't have a chance to get out of the gates. Despite his performance and issues making weight, Oliveira says he wants to return to 145 pounds.
“I trained a lot to be able to execute that move. I’ve done this submission before in the UFC and I heard my corners yelling for me to hold the position and not to give it up and he tapped. Everybody said that I have a lot of pressure on me for this fight to win, but it’s not real and I felt very comfortable. I just changed gyms, my daughter was just born and I have a lot of excitement to help my family. I want to fight and I want to win.”
“I have to talk to my team, but I want to stay at 145-pounds. It’s my division and I feel more comfortable. I’ve had problems before and I didn’t make the weight, but right now I have a lot of professional guys behind me to help me that I didn’t have before. I want to get the belt at 145-pounds.”
Myles Jury didn't take long to get back into the thick of things after a 16-month layoff. The UFC mainstay finished Mike De La Torre in just three and a half minutes. He spoke of his absence following his win.
“It feels awesome to come in and get a win like that, especially coming off losses and a long layoff. I feel like any time you get a win in the UFC, or just get to compete in the UFC, it’s a blessing on a blessing and 99-percent of the world will never know what it feels like to do this and I’m so grateful. In life, sometimes you just have to put yourself first. I love my craft; I love my career and this is what I was made to do. I had some other things in my life that were demanding my attention and I took time and focused on them, I’m growing as a person so everything works out for a reason.”
#11-ranked Kamaru Usman made a point on the show, dominating Sean Strickland. After the fight, Usman noted he wanted to compete just next month at UFC 211 in Dallas.
“Nothing is different. I put so much time into what I’m doing, my coach is teaching me all the right things and I all I need are the reps to be secure and to really trust in it. I’m starting to open up and trust in it more. I chose some of the best guys in the world and I’m starting to believe in my abilities. This is how we train, it’s good to have other teammates out here performing well – it’s kind of a snowball effect. We train very hard to dominate and it’s starting to shine down in our fights.”
“I’m from Dallas. I was raised in Dallas, Texas. I would love the opportunity to go out there and put on a performance for my friends, fans, family, everybody. I don’t care who it’s against, whoever they can find who’s willing to step in there, throw them in there. I can’t wait to beat someone else up.”
Usman also serves as Showdown Joe Ferraro's color commentator for Titan FC broadcasts.
Patrick Cummins also picked up a big top-15 win over Jan Blachowicz, and was transported to a hospital before issuing a comment.