Alex Oliveira (fighter)

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Alex Oliveira
BornAlex de Oliveira[1]
(1988-02-21) February 21, 1988 (age 31)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesCowboy
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight171 lb (78 kg; 12 st 3 lb)
Reach76 in (193 cm)[2]
StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofTrês Rios, Rio at de Janeiro, Brazil
TrainerAndré Tadeu
RankDark blue prajied in Muay Thai[4]
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2011–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout3
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By submission4
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission4
By decision1
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alex Oliveira (born February 12, 1988) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Oliveira worked for a time as a construction worker and bull rider before he starting training in martial arts. He also trained in Muay Thai for a couple of years before switching to mixed martial arts at the age of 22. Fighting out of Três Rios, he made his professional debut competing in the welterweight division in December 2011. He compiled a record of 10-1-1 (1), including a two-fight stint for Bitetti Combat while competing exclusively for regional promotions in his native Brazil. After taking a unanimous decision victory over Joilton Santos, Oliveira signed with the UFC in early 2015.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Oliveira made his promotional debut as a short notice replacement against Gilbert Burns on March 21, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 62, filling in for an injured Josh Thomson.[6] After arguably winning each of the first two rounds, Oliveira eventually lost via submission in the third round.[7]

For his second fight in the UFC, Oliveira was again tabbed as short notice replacement and faced K.J. Noons on May 30, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67, filling in for Yan Cabral.[8] Oliveira won the fight via submission in the first round.[9]

Competing in his third UFC fight in just over three months, Oliveira faced promotional newcomer Joe Merritt on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70.[10][11] Oliveira won the fight by unanimous decision.[12]

Oliveira faced Piotr Hallmann in a lightweight bout on November 7, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 77.[13] He won the fight by knockout in the third round.[14] The win also earned Oliveira his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[15]

Oliveira fought Donald Cerrone on February 21, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 83, filling in for Tim Means.[16] Oliveira lost the fight via submission in the first round.[17]

Oliveira faced James Moontasri on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[18] He won the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.[19]

Oliveira next faced Will Brooks in a lightweight bout on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96.[20] The bout took place at a catchweight of 161.5 lbs, as Oliveira missed weight. Oliveira won the fight via KO in the third round.[21][22]

Oliveira faced Tim Means on December 30, 2016 at UFC 207.[23] The bout was halted in the first round after Means landed several knees to the head of Oliveira while he was considered a grounded opponent. As a result, Oliveira was unable to continue after the foul occurred. Subsequently, referee Dan Miragliotta judged that the foul was accidental, and in turn, the result was scored a No Contest.[24][25]

A rematch with Means eventually took place on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106.[26] Oliveira won the bout via submission in the second round.[27]

Oliveira faced Ryan LaFlare on July 22, 2017 at UFC on Fox 25.[28] He won the fight via knockout in the second round, after landing a well timed right uppercut.[29] He was awarded his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[30]

Oliveira faced Yancy Medeiros on December 2, 2017 at UFC 218.[31] He lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round.[32] Despite the loss, Oliveira earned his first Fight of the Night bonus award for the fight.[33]

Oliveira defeated Carlos Condit on April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29, after replacing injured Matt Brown.[34] He won the fight via a guillotine choke.[35] This fight earned him the Performance of the Night bonus award.[36]

Oliveira was expected to face Neil Magny on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137.[37] However Magny was removed from the pairing on August 22 in favor of a matchup with Santiago Ponzinibbio in November at UFC Fight Night 140, [38][39] he was replaced by Carlo Pedersoli Jr.[40] Oliveira won the fight via knockout just 39 seconds into the first round.[41]

Oliveira faced Gunnar Nelson on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231.[42] He lost the fight via a rear-naked choke in round two.[43]

Oliveira is expected to face Li Jingliang on April 27, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 3.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Oliveira is nicknamed "Cowboy" due to formerly being a rodeo bullrider.[4]

Grenade attack on Christmas Eve 2018[edit]

Oliveira suffered a leg injury and went for a surgery on Christmas Eve in 2018 to remove fragments of a grenade when he went to get gasoline for his mother’s car in Tres Rios, Brazil and a grenade was thrown toward his direction while his family members were in an altercation with thugs armed with machetes, knives and a grenade.[45]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–6–1 (2) Gunnar Nelson Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 2 4:17 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 19–5–1 (2) Carlo Pedersoli Jr. TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 1 0:39 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 18–5–1 (2) Carlos Condit Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje April 14, 2018 2 3:17 Glendale, Arizona, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 17–5–1 (2) Yancy Medeiros TKO (punches) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 3 2:02 Detroit, Michigan, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 17–4–1 (2) Ryan LaFlare KO (punch) UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 2017 2 1:50 Uniondale, New York, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 16–4–1 (2) Tim Means Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum March 11, 2017 2 2:38 Fortaleza, Brazil
NC 15–4–1 (2) Tim Means NC (illegal knees) UFC 207 December 30, 2016 1 3:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Welterweight. Means landed several knees to Oliveira's head, who was a downed opponent.
Win 15–4–1 (1) Will Brooks TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 3 3:30 Portland, Oregon, United States Catchweight (161.5 lbs) bout; Oliveira missed weight.
Win 14–4–1 (1) James Moontasri Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States Welterweight bout.
Loss 13–4–1 (1) Donald Cerrone Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy February 21, 2016 1 2:33 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 13–3–1 (1) Piotr Hallmann KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 November 7, 2015 3 0:51 São Paulo, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 12–3–1 (1) Joe Merritt Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero June 27, 2015 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Welterweight bout.
Win 11–3–1 (1) K.J. Noons Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves May 30, 2015 1 2:51 Goiânia, Brazil Welterweight bout.
Loss 10–3–1 (1) Gilbert Burns Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 3 4:14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Lightweight debut.
Win 10–2–1 (1) Joilton Santos Decision (unanimous) Face to Face 10 February 21, 2015 3 5:00 Itaboraí, Brazil
Win 9–2–1 (1) Douglas Aparecido TKO (punches) Watch Out Combat Show 38 October 18, 2014 1 2:52 Ubá, Brazil Catchweight (163 lbs) bout.
Win 8–2–1 (1) Ederson Moreira Submission (rear-naked choke) Watch Out Combat Show 36 July 18, 2014 1 4:18 Três Rios, Brazil Catchweight (165 lbs) bout.
NC 7–2–1 (1) Rogerio Matias NC (overturned) CEF 10 May 29, 2014 1 5:00 Maceió, Brazil For the CEF Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–2–1 Fabio Lima Ferreira TKO (punches) Bitetti Combat 19 February 6, 2014 1 4:26 Manaus, Brazil
Win 6–2–1 Thiago Macedo TKO (punches) Watch Out Combat Show 27 August 2, 2013 1 2:40 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Draw 5–2–1 Kenedy Gualande Andrade Draw (unanimous) Luta Contra o Crack June 23, 2013 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–2 Jone Guilherme Garcia TKO (punches) Bitetti Combat 15 May 11, 2013 2 2:03 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 4–2 Wendell Oliveira Decision (unanimous) Watch Out Combat Show 25 April 12, 2013 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 4–1 Daniel Silva TKO (doctor stoppage) JF Fight Evolution October 6, 2012 1 5:00 Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Win 3–1 Fabi Ohany TKO (punches) Vicosa Fight 2 August 25, 2012 1 1:43 Viçosa, Brazil
Win 2–1 Leandro Beinrothi TKO (knees) Big Fights Champions June 30, 2012 1 0:57 Nova Serrana, Brazil
Loss 1–1 Wallace Dantas Submission (triangle choke) ATS Kombat 1 May 26, 2012 1 1:03 Senador Firmino, Brazil
Win 1–0 Rodrigo Rodrigo KO (punches) Ervalia Fight December 10, 2011 1 N/A Ervália, Brazil


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