Alex Oliveira
Cowboy

Brazil

Excellent effort in victory
WelterweightUFC
July 25, 2020
Oliveira defeated Peter Sobotta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was one of Oliveira's better performances in recent memory. He totally controlled the pace of this fight and used his size and length advantage to hammer an over matched Sobotta on the feet. Sobotta looked like a shell of his former self in his first fight in more than two years, but some of was the result of an excellent effort from Oliveira. The other "Cowboy" will never be known as a model of consistency, but he has long been able to put together quality performances such as this one from time to time. The Brazilian fights often and can fight in multiple weight classes. He has definite value despite not being a true title contender.
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Scheduled for July 25 bout
WelterweightUFC
June 18, 2020
Oliveira will square off against Peter Sobotta at UFC Fight Night on July 25, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira escaped with a split-decision victory in his bout versus Max Griffin at UFC 248, breaking a streak of three straight losses in the Octagon. Next on his list is Sobotta, who is looking for a bounceback effort himself after his two-fight winning streak was snapped by a last-second KO/TKO at the hands of Leon Edwards in his last fight back in 2018. Oliveira yields an inch of height to Sobotta but sports a reach that extends one inch longer.
Barely snaps losing streak
WelterweightUFC
March 7, 2020
Oliveira defeated Max Griffin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a struggle and it wasn't visually pleasing but it was also a victory that may have very well saved Oliveira's job. Entering on a three-fight losing streak and facing an opponent that is extremely limited from a technical standpoint, Oliveira barely did enough to win. He started out particularly slowly before his strikes began to hit home a bit more in Round 2. Griffin was a bloody, battered mess by the time things were done and while that shouldn't matter in the eyes of the judges, sometimes it does. Oliveira had a nice run a while back but even with Saturday's win, he has just a single victory (1-3) dating back to September 2018. The Brazilian has value because he can fight in multiple weight classes and he fights often but the days of him competing against higher-level competition have seemingly come and gone.
Facing Max Griffin in Vegas
WelterweightUFC
January 7, 2020
Oliveira will face Max Griffin at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 7, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters are in the middle of a run of poor form. Oliveira has lost three straight fights, with his last victory coming in a knockout win over Carlo Pedersoli Jr. back in September of 2018. Griffin has won just one of his last four matches.
Won't fight at UFC Norfolk
WelterweightUFC
December 28, 2019
Oliveira will no longer face Mickey Gall at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The welterweight matchup was pulled from the UFC Norfolk card for an undisclosed reason. No replacement fight will be scheduled, leaving both Oliveira and Gall in limbo as to when they'll next appear in the Octagon. Oliveira is coming off three consecutive losses dating back to December of 2018.
Booked for UFC Norfolk
WelterweightUFC
December 19, 2019
Oliveira (19-7-1, 2 NC) will take on Mickey Gall (6-2-0) in a welterweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira is one of the most seasoned fighters in the welterweight division, but he has dropped three consecutive fights and will look to turn things around against Gall. Gall is coming off a victory against Salim Touahri via unanimous decision at UFC Newark in August but has alternated wins and losses in his last five fights. Oliveira is more efficient in landing strikes and takedowns. Gall carries a slight height advantage, while Oliveira carries a slight advantage in reach.