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Alex Oliveira
Born Alex de Oliveira
(1988-02-21) February 21, 1988 (age 36)
Três Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other names Cowboy
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight
Reach 76 in (193 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Três Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team ATS (2011–2013, 2017–present)
Tata Fight Team (2013–2018)
Trainer André Tadeu
Rank Dark blue prajied in Muay Thai
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2011–present
Kickboxing record
Total 3
Wins 3
By knockout 3
Mixed martial arts record
Total 39
Wins 23
By knockout 13
By submission 5
By decision 5
Losses 13
By knockout 2
By submission 7
By decision 4
Draws 1
No contests 2

Alex de Oliveira (born February 21, 1988) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist who last competed in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Background

Born and raised in Três Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Oliveira worked for a time as a construction worker and bull rider before he starting training in martial arts. Oliveira had three brothers – of whom two deceased due to violent crime – and four sisters. He also trained in Muay Thai for a couple of years before switching to mixed martial arts at the age of 22.

Mixed martial arts career

Fighting out of Três Rios, he made his professional debut competing in the welterweight division in December 2011. He compiled a record of 11–2–1 (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.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

2015

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. After arguably winning each of the first two rounds, Oliveira eventually lost via submission in the third round.

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. Oliveira won the fight via submission in the first round.

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. Oliveira won the fight by unanimous decision.

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

2016

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

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

Oliveira next faced Will Brooks in a lightweight bout on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96. 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.

Oliveira faced Tim Means on December 30, 2016 at UFC 207. 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.

2017

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

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

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

2018

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

Oliveira was expected to face Neil Magny on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137. 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, he was replaced by Carlo Pedersoli Jr. Oliveira won the fight via knockout just 39 seconds into the first round.

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

2019

Oliveira was expected to face Li Jingliang on April 27, 2019 at UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson. However, it was reported on March 23, 2019 that Li was injured and was forced to pull from the bout. He was replaced by Mike Perry. Oliveira lost the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision. The bout also earned Oliveira his second Fight of the Night bonus award.

Oliveira faced returning veteran Nicolas Dalby on September 28, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 160. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Subsequently the decision was appealed on grounds of erroneous action by the referee.

2020

Oliveira was expected to face Mickey Gall on February 29, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 169. However, on December 27, 2019 the bout was pulled from the event by UFC. The bout will not be replaced and no reason was given from UFC. Oliveira was quickly rescheduled and instead faced Max Griffin the following week at UFC 248. He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Oliveira faced Peter Sobotta on July 26, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Oliveira faced Shavkat Rakhmonov, replacing injured Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on October 24, 2020 at UFC 254. At the weigh-ins, Oliveira weighed in at 173 pounds, two pounds over the welterweight non-title fight limit. The bout proceeded at catchweight and he was 20% his purse, which went to his opponent Rakhmonov. Oliveira lost the fight via a guillotine choke submission in the first round.

2021

Oliveira was expected to face Randy Brown on February 27, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 186. However, Brown pulled out of the fight during the week leading up to the event due to undisclosed reasons, and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Ramazan Kuramagomedov. However, the bout was scrapped the day before the event when Kuramagomedov was removed due to illness. The bout between Oliveira and Brown was rescheduled and eventually took place at UFC 261 on April 24, 2021. Oliveira lost the fight via a one-armed rear naked choke in the first round.

Oliveira faced Niko Price on October 2, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 193. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

2022

Oliveira faced Kevin Holland at UFC 272 on March 5, 2022. He lost the fight via technical knockout in round two.

In April 2022, it was announced that Oliveira was a free agent when his UFC contract and the UFC opted to not re-sign him.

Oliveira made his first appearance post-UFC against Michel Silva at BF Mr. Cage Fight Music Show on June 10, 2022. He lost the bout after getting chocked unconscious in the second round via anaconda choke.

Personal life

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

Oliveira has ten children from various relationships.

Grenade attack on Christmas Eve 2018

On Christmas Eve in 2018, while getting gasoline for his mother’s car in Tres Rios, Brazil, a grenade was thrown toward his direction after he noticed several family members in an altercation with heavily armed thugs. Oliveira subsequently underwent surgery to remove fragments of the grenade from his leg.

Incidents in May 2019

According to reports, seemingly intoxicated Oliveira got into an altercation with a security guard during a party on May 24, 2019. The next morning, Oliveira showed up at his wife's apartment where he allegedly assaulted her, fleeing the scene on a motorcycle with their baby daughter. The child was found on May 26 at one of Oliveira's sister's apartments, and Oliveira had generally been understood to be reported missing until his early March 2020 arrival in Las Vegas for the UFC 248 fight card which he competed on. In an interview Oliveira denied punching his wife but did not comment on other indictments. Oliveira also said they were only having an argument and that they haven't separated: on the contrary, his wife is pregnant again.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
39 matches 23 wins 13 losses
By knockout 13 2
By submission 5 7
By decision 5 4
Draws 1
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 23–13–1 (2) Helison Cruz TKO (doctor stoppage) SFFN 9 August 13, 2022 1 0:36 Três Rios, Brazil
Loss 22–13–1 (2) Michel Silva Technical Submission (anaconda choke) BF Mr. Cage Fight Music Show June 10, 2022 2 1:51 Manaus, Brazil For the vacant Mr. Cage Welterweight Championship.
Loss 22–12–1 (2) Kevin Holland TKO (elbows) UFC 272 March 5, 2022 2 0:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 22–11–1 (2) Niko Price Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Walker October 2, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 22–10–1 (2) Randy Brown Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 261 April 24, 2021 1 2:50 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Loss 22–9–1 (2) Shavkat Rakhmonov Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 254 October 24, 2020 1 4:40 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Catchweight (173 lb) bout; Oliveira missed weight.
Win 22–8–1 (2) Peter Sobotta Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Till July 26, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 21–8–1 (2) Max Griffin Decision (split) UFC 248 March 7, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 20–8–1 (2) Nicolas Dalby Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier September 28, 2019 3 5:00 Copenhagen, Denmark
Loss 20–7–1 (2) Mike Perry Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson April 27, 2019 3 5:00 Sunrise, Florida, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 20–6–1 (2) Gunnar Nelson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 2 4:17 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 20–5–1 (2) Carlo Pedersoli Jr. TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 1 0:39 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 19–5–1 (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 18–5–1 (2) Yancy Medeiros TKO (punches) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 3 2:02 Detroit, Michigan, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 18–4–1 (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 17–4–1 (2) Tim Means Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum March 11, 2017 2 2:38 Fortaleza, Brazil
NC 16–4–1 (2) Tim Means NC (illegal knees) UFC 207 December 30, 2016 1 3:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Means landed several knees to Oliveira's head, who was considered a downed opponent.
Win 16–4–1 (1) Will Brooks KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson October 1, 2016 3 3:30 Portland, Oregon, United States Lightweight bout; Oliveira missed weight (161.5 lb).
Win 15–4–1 (1) James Moontasri Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 14–4–1 (1) Donald Cerrone Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy February 21, 2016 1 2:33 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14–3–1 (1) Piotr Hallmann KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 November 7, 2015 3 0:51 São Paulo, Brazil Lightweight bout. Performance of the Night.
Win 13–3–1 (1) Joe Merritt Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Romero June 27, 2015 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 12–3–1 (1) K. J. Noons Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves May 30, 2015 1 2:51 Goiânia, Brazil
Loss 11–3–1 (1) Gilbert Burns Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare March 21, 2015 3 4:14 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Lightweight bout.
Win 11–2–1 (1) Joilton Santos Decision (unanimous) Face to Face 10 February 21, 2015 3 5:00 Itaboraí, Brazil
Win 10–2–1 (1) Douglas Aparecido TKO (punches) Watch Out Combat Show 38 October 18, 2014 1 2:52 Ubá, Brazil Catchweight (163 lb) bout.
Win 9–2–1 (1) Ederson Moreira Submission (rear-naked choke) Watch Out Combat Show 36 July 18, 2014 1 4:18 Três Rios, Brazil Catchweight (165 lb) bout.
NC 8–2–1 (1) Rogerio Matias NC (overturned) CEF 10 May 29, 2014 1 5:00 Maceió, Brazil For the CEF Welterweight Championship.
Win 8–2–1 Fabio Lima Ferreira TKO (punches) Bitetti Combat 19 February 6, 2014 1 4:26 Manaus, Brazil
Win 7–2–1 Welton Doidao Submission (rear-naked choke) Watch Out Combat Show 32 December 13, 2013 3 3:44 Rio de Janeiro, 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

See also

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