Alex Oliveira



Suffers third straight defeat
October 2, 2021
Oliveira lost to Niko Price via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's Oliveira's third straight defeat and could conceivably end his time with a company that rarely hangs on to aging, higher-priced talent. The Brazilian saw the final bell here and performed reasonably well, which is an improvement considering he suffered first-round submission wins in each off his prior two bouts. Oliveira is traditionally difficult to get out of there and this was no exception. He regained momentum following a slow start, but Price began to pull away again in Round 3. Oliveira actually landed 65 significant strikes compared to 64 from Price, but the latter was the more active of the two. Oliveira figures to get a longer leash than most due to the fact he can compete in multiple weight classes and fights frequently. He still has plenty of value to the UFC at age 33, but it remains to be seen if the company feels the same way.
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Next fight Oct. 2
August 24, 2021
Oliveira will take on Niko Price in a welterweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 2, reports.
Oliveira will look to bounce back from a submission loss to Randy Brown back in April. That pushed his career MMA record to 11-8-1. Price is also coming off two consecutive losses as well, most recently in July against Michael Pereira.
Destroyed by Randy Brown
April 24, 2021
Oliveira lost to Randy Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:50 of Round 1 at UFC 261 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
Oliveira is just 33 years of age, but he's fought a ton over the years, and it's fair to wonder if his body is starting to break down on him after all those bouts. He's long been known for his exceptional durability, but the Brazilian ate countless power shots from Brown, including one that directly led to the sequence that ended the fight. Oliveira is willing to fight any one at any time, and there's clear value in that for a company which holds an event almost every week. He is now 2-5 in his past seven bouts dating back to December 2018 and is clearly trending in the wrong direction. Something will have to give for Oliveira shortly.
To fight Brown at UFC 261
March 24, 2021
Oliveira will face Randy Brown at UFC 261 on April 24, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
This contest was previously called off back in February due to undisclosed reason but is reportedly back on for an exciting UFC 261 slate. Oliveira will enter the ring having most recently lost to Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC 254 last October while his counterpart, Brown, is coming off a loss as well (to Vicente Luque last August).
No longer fighting Saturday
February 26, 2021
Oliveira's scheduled matchup against Ramazan Kuramagomedov has been scrapped from UFC Vegas 20 on Saturday after his opponent fell ill, Damon Martin of reports.
Oliveira was originally supposed to square off with Randy Brown, but Brown was forced to withdraw earlier in the week due to undisclosed reasons. The UFC subsequently matched up "Cowboy" with a debuting fighter in a matchup oddsmakers suggested was a pick'em, but that will no longer come to pass. UFC Vegas 20 will move forward with 10 fights.
Gets new opponent
February 23, 2021
Oliveira will now square off against Ramazan Kuramagomedov on Saturday's UFC Vegas 20 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Oliveira was in need of a new opponent when Randy Brown was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. He was an underdog in the bout but seems likely to be the favorite against Kuramagomedov, who steps in on short notice.