Alex Oliveira is coming off an impressive performance of the night victory against Carlos Condit Saturday at UFC on Fox 29. “Cowboy” had originally accepted the fight on short notice as a replacement for Matt Brown, who was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his knee.
Oliveira is no stranger to wild fights and this weekend’s bout with Condit was no exception.
The win came via a second-round guillotine choke after Condit initially fought off earlier attempts before Oliveira eventually forced him to tap. According to Oliveira, Condit went in and out of consciousness during the attempted submission, although it was difficult for the referee to see it due to the awkward angle of the submission and the position of the fighters. Even UFC co-commentators Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier were debating during the broadcast if he was conscious or not.
Oliveira spoke to the media regarding the wild exchange on the ground, which led to the Brazilian eventually submitting “The Natural Born Killer” (quotes courtesy of MMAJunkie.com).
“Yeah, he went to sleep, and I changed grips on him, and he woke up, and I had to finish it, so I went and tightened it again,” Oliveira said through interpreter Alex Davis. “And then he tapped.”
“Yeah, if I stopped and the judges didn’t give me the victory, I had to put on the pressure,” he said.
Oliveira was unranked coming into the fight with Condit and now has eight wins inside the Octagon.
Oliveira’s last fight in the UFC was back in December 2017 when he suffered a third round technical knockout loss to Yancy Medeiros in a highly-entertaining fight. That loss ended Oliveira’s previous four-fight win streak.
The win over the weekend was at least a positive in what has been a very difficult period in the life of the Brazilian.
“One of my aunts died as soon I got here,” he said. “My uncle’s in the hospital. I don’t even know how he is, but you know, I had to come and fight.”
Oliveira is feeling good right now and doesn’t plan to take off much time before his next assignment.
“A week of rest, and then I’ll start training again, and I’ll be … training for the next one,” he said.