The Weight Cutting Chronicles: UFC Vegas 20

Alex Oliveira, UFC 254 Weigh-In Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (22-9 MMA, 11-7, 1 NC UFC)

Lightweight (155lbs): 2-1 (UFC), Missed weight 1 time

Welterweight (170lbs): 9-6, 1 NC (UFC), Missed weight 1 time

Alex Oliveira has been with the UFC since early 2015, and actually started his career out in the lightweight division (against fellow future 170lbs convert Gilbert Burns, no less). Olivera had just a three of his 19 fights with the UFC in the lightweight division, the last ending in him missing weight badly. Cowboy missed weight in October of 2016 coming in at 161.5lbs and has not fought in the lightweight division since.

Alex has fared okay in the UFC’s welterweight division winning a few and losing a few but always against high caliber competition. In Alex’s last fight he missed weight coming in at 173lbs for his fight against Shavkat Rakhonov last October. In which, to add insult to injury, he was submitted in the first round.

It’s not uncommon for fighters to still miss weight even after they move up to a new weight class. Many fighters have been stressing their bodies to stay at a certain weight for so long that it has a detrimental effect on their weight cutting abilities in the future. Oliveira has used his full allotted grace pound while fighting in the welterweight division since early 2018. And because Cowboy is now 33 years old, it’s not out of the frame of possibility that the weight cut could just be getting a little harder. Either way he will be one to watch come weigh-in day and on fight night if the fight goes into the later rounds.


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