The submission specialist has jokingly been dubbed the Clark Kent of the UFC as he’s rarely seen not wearing his glasses outside of the cage.
UFC lightweight champ Charles Oliveira is rarely seen without his glasses[/caption]
Oliveira says his vision is at a staggering 50 per cent when fights opponents[/caption]
Do Bronx insists his eyesight has ‘never hindered’ him inside the octagon[/caption]
And he’s turned in some Superman-like performances in his last ten fights, all of which he’s competed in with compromised vision.
During an appearance on Brazilian MMA Legends, he said: “So I see three.
“If I’m hitting the middle one, it’s all right. I think, ‘Keep this same technique.’
“Three guys for me is perfect. If I’m hitting the middle on it’s all right.”
The slick Sao Paulo striker has claimed his vision decreases by a whopping 50 PER CENT when he takes off his glasses.
He continued: “I’ll tell you the truth: I’m a guy who has a lot of faith in God and it’s no joke.
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“If I take off my glasses, I can only see [at about] 50 per cent. But it never hindered me in the fight.
“It never hindered me in the fight.
“Sometimes I walk in without the glasses, sometimes I walk in with the glasses. It depends on my vibe.”
The soft-spoken and reserved Oliveira often walks to the cage with his glasses on to try and throw off his opponents.
He continued: “Sometimes I like to walk in with the glasses to look harmless and more nerdy than I already am.
“And when I take off my glasses, it’s normal. I can see the opponent on the other side.
Oliveira claims to see THREE opponents inside the octagon[/caption]
“God blesses me so much that I can see normal. But on the street, if I take it off, I’m blind.”
Oliveira’s vision didn’t affect him in his UFC 269 showdown with Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas last month.
Do Bronx weathered a rough first round to retain his lightweight title via third-round submission.
Oliveira’s head coach Dhiego Lima told SunSport after the fight: ‘I’m very happy with the performance. It was very tough.
“But that’s how he does it at the gym all the time. It’s a war all the time.
“He goes through that in the gym all the time. And you saw what happened.”
Charles Oliveira celebrate his UFC 269 submission victory over Dustin Poirier[/caption]
Lima added: “I’m very proud of him.
“Very, very proud of him because Chute Boxe was forged in steel. And he has a tattoo of Chute Boxe on his back.
“We’re very proud to have him and it’s an honour to walk by his side.”
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