Alex Oliveira
Injury Lower Leg
Est. Return 3/1/2019
Injured in family altercation
December 25, 2018
Oliveira was briefly hospitalized in his native Brazil on Monday after requiring surgery to remove fragments of a grenade from his leg and foot, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Oliveira told police that he suffered the injury when he went to purchase gasoline for his mother's car Monday when he saw family members involved in an altercation. After stopping his vehicle, Oliveira had a grenade lobbed in his direction. It doesn't sound like the injury to "Cowboy" is significant, but the fact that he required surgery likely means that he'll require months of rehab before preparing for his next fight. Oliveira last entered the Octagon in Toronto on Dec. 8, losing via second-round submission to Gunnar Nelson and requiring 38 stitches in his forehead following the fight.
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Submits to Gunnar Nelson
December 8, 2018
Oliveira lost to Gunnar Nelson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:17 of Round 2 at UFC 231 on Saturday in Toronto.
The vast majority of this fight was spent rolling around on the mat and that is a recipe for disaster against Nelson. Oliveira actually did a decent job of shockingly reversing position a few times, but Nelson eventually got into top position and unleashed a vicious elbow before securing the RNC that ended the contest. Saturday's result not withstanding, Oliveira continues to be one of the more underrated fighters on the roster. He has displayed an ability to fight with regularity and to do so in multiple different weight classes. He's an asset.
Ticketed to face Nelson at UFC 231
October 25, 2018
Oliveira will fight against Gunnar Nelson at UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8, reports.
The Brazilian fighter is coming off two consecutive wins, including one in which he KO'd his opponent in a mere 39 seconds. Oliveira will now take on Nelson, an Icelandic fighter who is 7-3 in his time with the UFC promotion. The two men are the same height, but Oliveira has four more inches on his reach, which could work to the advantage of "Cowboy" in the early December bout.
Destroys Carlo Pedersoli in co-main event slot Saturday
September 22, 2018
Oliveira defeated Carlo Pedersoli via KO (punches) at 0:39 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Easy work. Oliveira had no business being in there with roster depth like Pedersoli, but he was willing to remain on the card and take a fight in which he had nothing to gain after his originally scheduled opponent Neil Magny was moved to a future event. Oliveira caught a kick from Pedersoli and proceeded to smash his overmatched foe with a right hand to the jaw. It was academic from there. Having shown an ability to fight frequently and in multiple weight classes, Oliveira has developed into one of the UFC's more valuable assets in his three and a half years with the company.
Gets new opponent in Sao Paulo
August 29, 2018
Oliveira will now take on Carlo Pedersoli in a welterweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Oliveira had originally been matched up against Neil Magny, but Magny was pulled from this fight in favor of a more lucrative opportunity -- a main event matchup at UFC Buenos Aires on Nov. 17. Oliveira does get a bit of a break here, as he'll stay on the card in his native Brazil, but instead get a fight where he should enter as the betting favorite. "Cowboy" has been one of the more active welterweights in the UFC since 2015, posting a record of 8-3 (1 NC) over that span. Pedersoli, on the other hand, is 11-1 as a professional, but has just one UFC fight to his name -- a split-decision win over Bradley Scott in May.
Needs new opponent for Sao Paulo
August 23, 2018
Oliveira will need a new opponent for UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22 after Neil Magny was pulled from the fight, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Magny was pulled in order to fight Santiago Ponzinibbio to headline UFC Buenos Aires in November. The UFC will now have just under a month to find a replacement fighter for Oliveira, who is 3-1 in his last four bouts.