Alex Oliveira
Cowboy

Brazil

Can't get grappling game going
WelterweightUFC
September 29, 2019
Oliveira lost to Nicholas Dalby via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
While Oliveira closed as the betting favorite, it was clear the crowd was behind Dalby -- a Denmark native -- in his long-anticipated return to the Octagon. Oliveira appeared to come out on top in the first round, as he registered more control time after getting a takedown (even if it was reversed at the very end). Oliveira then had to overcome an early eye poke that stopped action in the second round, which ended up being the most dominant in favor of Dalby. In the third, Oliveira got a takedown and looked to have momentum shifting his way, but the referee seemingly reacted to the crowd booing and stood up the two fighters. Dalby took advantage of the opportunity and did not allow Oliveira to record a single significant strike in the period. It will go down as the third consecutive defeat for Oliveira.
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Books next fight
WelterweightUFC
August 9, 2019
Oliveira will face Nicolas Dalby at UFC Copenhagen on Sep. 28.
ANALYSIS
This news means that Oliveira apparently has overcome an alleged domestic violence incident from this spring. He and his camp denied the allegations, and apparently the UFC ultimately saw fit to leave him on their roster of fighters. In the octagon, the Brazilian is coming off two straight losses and will be fighting on Dalby's home soil.
Conflicting reports on legal status
WelterweightUFC
May 26, 2019
Oliveira's camp is denying a report from Combate that the welterweight fighter is being sought after by police following an alleged domestic violence incident, Fernanda Prates of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Accounts of the alleged incident shed a very negative light on Oliveira and his actions, but his camp is trying to get ahead of the situation with its own account of the events. Per a statement that was released, "The news that there is an arrest warrant issued for him is false. He will, along with with his lawyer, meet with the precinct chief in charge to give his side of what happened in a timely manner." In any case, it appears Oliveira will have some personal and legal issues to sort out before looking to book his next fight. "Cowboy" has hit a bit of a skid lately, posting a 2-3 record in his last five bouts.
Loses striking battle in FOTN performance
WelterweightUFC
April 27, 2019
Oliveira lost to Mike Perry via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira came out with plenty of energy, attempting several spinning kicks while appearing to have the striking advantage in the first round. He landed a devastating combination in the round's final minute, but Perry withstood the damage and countered with his own flurry as the final bell approached. Oliveira started to let loose in the second, but got caught with a hook to the temple that neutralized his offense for some time. With about 90 seconds left in the round, Perry charged forward to get a takedown, and dealt a significant amount of punishment via ground and pound, adding a stiff knee to the body for good measure. Oliveira may have been affected by what the broadcast team called a broken toe heading into the third, as his offense wasn't nearly as effective in the final frame. A left hook around the two-minute mark wobbled Oliveira, and Perry followed up with plenty of volume against the fence. With the second and third rounds likely going to Perry, Oliveira will come out on the losing end for his second consecutive fight. At the very least, he'll take home a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Taking on Mike Perry on April 27
WelterweightUFC
April 16, 2019
Oliveira (20-6-1, 2NC) is scheduled to face Mike Perry (12-4-0) in a welterweight fight April 27 at UFC Sunrise, Guilherme Cruz and Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Li Jingliang was initially slated to fight Oliveira, but that matchup was nixed after Jingliang withdrew in late March due to neck and back injuries. A few days later, the UFC settled on Perry as Jingliang's replacement, setting up a matchup of two fighters looking to bounce back from losses. Oliveira last entered the Octagon in December, when he took a second-round rear-naked choke defeat at the hands of Gunnar Nelson.
Needs new opponent for next fight
WelterweightUFC
March 24, 2019
Oliveira will need a new opponent for UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27 after Li Jingliang withdrew due to neck and back injuries, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
With over a month remaining prior to the fight, it sounds like there will be time to keep Oliveira on the card. The Brazilian will attempt to rebound from a second-round loss to Gunnar Nelson in December.