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
Cruz and Daniel
Cormier were debating during the broadcast if he was conscious
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
“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.