Alex Oliveira
Cowboy

Brazil

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.
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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.
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.