Post-fight drama is becoming the norm at UFC events in recent weeks.
Following his third-round technical knockout victory over Will Brooks at UFC Fight Night Portland, Alex Oliveira gestured and yelled at his fallen opponent. Brooks responded by getting to his feet and hurling his mouthpiece at the Brazilian. The altercation went no further, however, as referee Herb Dean stepped in to separate the fighters.
The exchange stemmed from Oliveira missing weight on Friday by 5.5 pounds. The Brazilian was clearly the larger man in the bout, and he more than held his own against the wrestling-minded Brooks in the clinch and on the mat before putting away “Ill Will” with ground-and-pound 3:30 into round three.
“He’s a ranked fighter; it’s a great victory for me,” Oliveira said. “I’m sorry, he insulted me yesterday. I didn’t make weight for the first time in my life yesterday, but that’s no excuse for insulting me. I always respect everybody, and that was a very sorry attitude.”
Brooks, who vacated his Bellator lightweight title to come to the UFC, likely just saw his road to another belt get a little bit more difficult with the loss. The American Top Team product confirmed after the fight that he suffered a broken rib in the opening stanza. That injury clearly hindered Brooks as Oliveira imposed his will down the stretch.
Broke my rib in the first. No time to feel bad for myself, I'll be back. #ivesurvivedworse— Will Brooks (@TRILLwillbrooks) October 2, 2016
Despite his issues with making weight, Oliveira doesn’t sound as though he plans on abandoning the 155-pound division entirely. Where he competes could depend on the venue for his next UFC bout.
“It means a lot to me to get that win after everything that happened yesterday. I was very upset because I have never missed weight before and he talked a lot of s---, so the best thing that I have in my life is that I won tonight,” he said. “Next, I will do whatever the UFC wants. If the fight is in Brazil, it will be at lightweight. The travel is what messed my weight up this week.”
Saturday’s incident comes on the heels of two recent post-fight incidents at UFC events. At UFC Fight Night 94 in Hidalgo, Texas, on Sept. 17, Michael Johnson drew the ire of observers for taunting Dustin Poirier after a knockout victory, while Fabricio Werdum threw a push kick at Travis Browne cornerman Edmond Tarverdyan following a stoppage of the Hawaiian at UFC 203.