Charles Oliveira continued his comet-like trajectory with a third-round submission of "The Ultimate Fighter" winner Efrain Escudero at Ultimate Fight Night 22.
In the first round, Oliveira seemed frustrated by Escudero's defense. Escudero held off a takedown and held Oliveira in the clinch. When the two finally went to the ground, Escudero ended up on top. Near the end of the round, Escudero finally threw some big elbows from the top.
Oliveira continued to work for the takedown in the second round, but again, Escudero took Oliveira's back when the two hit the canvas. When they returned to their feet, Oliveira had the better stand-up. He was able to land leg kick after leg kick, without receiving many counters from Escudero.
Both fighters were the recipients of groin shots early in the third round. Escudero walked his off, but it took Oliveira a while to recover. When the fight was restarted, Oliveira drove Escudero into the fence and then threw him down. Escudero reached for Oliveira's leg, which opened the door. Oliveira jumped on his back and sunk in a tight, standing rear-naked choke, forcing a tap from Escudero at 2:25 into the third round.
Oliveira, a 20-year-old from Brazil, first turned heads at UFC Live on Versus 2, where he armbarred Darrin Elkins in just 0:41 seconds.
- Efrain Escudero