Alex Oliveira


No longer fighting Saturday
February 26, 2021
Oliveira's scheduled matchup against Ramazan Kuramagomedov has been scrapped from UFC Vegas 20 on Saturday after his opponent fell ill, Damon Martin of reports.
Oliveira was originally supposed to square off with Randy Brown, but Brown was forced to withdraw earlier in the week due to undisclosed reasons. The UFC subsequently matched up "Cowboy" with a debuting fighter in a matchup oddsmakers suggested was a pick'em, but that will no longer come to pass. UFC Vegas 20 will move forward with 10 fights.
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Gets new opponent
February 23, 2021
Oliveira will now square off against Ramazan Kuramagomedov on Saturday's UFC Vegas 20 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Oliveira was in need of a new opponent when Randy Brown was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. He was an underdog in the bout but seems likely to be the favorite against Kuramagomedov, who steps in on short notice.
Needs new opponent
February 22, 2021
Oliveira is in need of a new opponent for UFC Vegas 20 on Saturday after Randy Brown withdrew late Sunday night due to undisclosed reasons, John Morgan of reports.
The UFC will attempt to move forward with a new opponent for Oliveira on just under one week's notice. Oliveira had been considered roughly a (+130) betting underdog for the originally-scheduled matchup.
Matched against Randy Brown
December 21, 2020
Oliveira will take on Randy Brown in a welterweight matchup on Feb. 27, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Both fighters ended two-fight winning streaks with losses in their last time in the Octagon. Oliveira won decision victories against Max Griffin and Peter Sobotta before getting submitted in the first round against Shavkat Rakhmonov in October. Brown beat Bryan Barberena and Warlley Alves before getting knocked out in the second round by Vicente Luque in August.
Taps out after missing weight
October 24, 2020
Oliveira lost to Shavkat Rakhmonov via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:40 of Round 1 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
What a disaster. Oliveira missed weight by two pounds on Friday, forfeited 20 percent of his purse to Rakhmonov for this fight to continue and then suffered a first-round stoppage defeat. This isn't the first time "Cowboy" has had issues cutting weight. He missed for a fight against Will Brooks back in October 2016, although he won that fight via third-round knockout. Over the course of the past three years, Oliveira is sporting a record below .500 (4-5). The Brazilian fights often and can compete in multiple weight classes, but the 32-year-old has to get the weight cutting issues under control for that trait to continue to be able to work in his advantage.
Misses weight for UFC 254
October 23, 2020
Oliveira weighed in at 173 pounds -- two pounds over the welterweight limit -- for his matchup against Shavkat Rakhmonov at UFC 254 on Saturday, reports.
Oliveira appears to have simply hit a road block in his cut where the remaining weight wasn't coming off, so his team ultimately elected to halt the weight-cutting process. The fight against Rakhmonov will proceed as planned, with Oliveira forfeiting 20 percent of his fight purse for coming in heavy. As of Friday morning, Oliveira has moved to a slight betting underdog for the matchup in some sportsbooks, while the fight remains a pick'em in others.