Saimon Oliveira

Brazil

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 8/1/2022
Removed from UFC 275
BantamweightUFC
Out
May 1, 2022
Oliveira will no longer be taking on Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 275 on June 11, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
No explanation was provided for the sudden removal from the card. Kang will ultimately remain on the card, facing Batgerel Danaa instead.
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Gets fight at UFC 275
BantamweightUFC
Out
March 29, 2022
Oliveira will take on Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 275 on June 11, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Tony Gravely back in January. He will look to bounce back in his second career fight with the UFC. Kang has fought just once in the last three years.
Can't defend takedown in loss
BantamweightUFC
Out
January 22, 2022
Oliveira lost to Tony Gravely via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 270 on Saturday in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Surprisingly awarded a UFC contract following a split decision victory on Dana White's Contender Series this past September, Oliveira nearly ended this one early with a deep guillotine choke. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, it wasn't meant to be, and it was all downhill from there. To say Oliveira had no answers for Gravely's wrestling game would be the understatement of the century. He allowed his opponent to connect on 11-of-15 attempts, essentially eliminating any chance Saimon had of potentially getting back in the fight. Gravely is a tough guy to face in your company debu,t and it wouldn't be the least bit surprising if Oliveira fares a bit better his next time out, but he's going to have difficulty winning fights at this level unless his takedown defense improves.
Official UFC debut set
BantamweightUFC
Out
November 29, 2021
Oliveira will take on Tony Gravely in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 270 on Jan. 22, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira was surprisingly given a UFC contract despite winning via spit decision at Dana White's Contender Series in September, and he'll now be welcomed to the promotion by a fellow DWCS alum who is 2-2 in the UFC. Gravely has managed to record at least one takedown in each of his UFC appearances and averages an impressive 5.57 per 15 minutes, but the mat is an area Oliveira is comfortable with as well. He recorded three takedowns in his DWCS appearance and has earned 11 of his 18 professional victories by way of submission.
Earns contract after split decision
BantamweightUFC
Out
September 8, 2021
Oliveira defeated Jose Alday via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29) at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the show, he was one of five fighters to earn an official UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira was one of just two betting favorites to get a victory Tuesday, and the performance will bring his winning streak to five. His striking was commendable, as he won the overall battle of significant strikes 56 to 46. What truly tipped the scales in his favor was his grappling, as Oliveira completed three takedowns and racked up 6:23 of control time (unofficially). If there's one critique of his performance, it's that Oliveira often loaded up on looping shots, which could leave him open to counters against more skilled strikers, as well as drain his gas tank. The cardio held up just enough here, however, and the 30-year-old will now provide depth in the bantamweight division.