Charles Oliveira Reveals He Needs His glasses: “I’m 50% Blind Without Them”

UFC lightweight champion who recently retained his title, Charles Oliveira, is competing in the UFC in Nightmare mode – he has an eye sight problem. The Brazilian is often seen wearing glasses outside the octagon, frequently drawing comparisons to Clark Kent, Superman’s glasses wearing alter ego.


During a talk on a Brazilian podcast, the 32-year-old revealed his vision is reduced to 50% inside the octagon.

“I’ll tell you the truth, I’m a guy who has a lot of faith in God and it’s no joke. If I take off my glasses, I can only see fifty percent, but it never hindered me in a fight,” said Oliveira.

He also joked about wearing glasses outside the octagon that makes him look like a nerd.

“Sometimes, I walk in without glasses. Sometimes I walk in with glasses. It depends on my vibe. Sometimes I like to walk in with my glasses to look harmless and more nerdy than I already am.”

Charles Oliveira has explained that he is near-sighted. So he can see his opponent at close range but it’ll get blurry if the opponent is far away from him. Even without lasik, Oliveira managed to become the best lightweight in the world. Not only that, Oliveira also holds the record for the most submission wins in the UFC with 14 wins.

“If this is me without having 100 percent vision, imagine if I had that,” he said through an interpreter.

With the latest title defense against Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira has stacked up 10 consecutive wins in the UFC. He joined the UFC in 2010 and finally became the lightweight champion in May 2021. It’s widely speculated he will be facing Conor McGregor sometime in the summer.