Alex Oliveira
Cowboy

Brazil

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.
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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.
Booked for UFC on ESPN 3
WelterweightUFC
March 14, 2019
Oliveira (lower leg) is scheduled to take on Li Jingliang in a welterweight bout at UFC on ESPN 3 on April 27, MMAJunkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Oliveira is coming off a defeat via submission (rear-naked choke) against Gunnar Nelson at UFC 231 back in December. He then followed that up a procedure to remove fragments of a grenade from his leg and foot, which came after an altercation with family in Brazil. Nevertheless, it appears "Cowboy" has recovered in a timely manner and will be good to go by late April. Prior to his loss to Nelson, Oliveira had won six of his past seven fights.
Injured in family altercation
WelterweightUFC
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 MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
Submits to Gunnar Nelson
WelterweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
WelterweightUFC
October 25, 2018
Oliveira will fight against Gunnar Nelson at UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.