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Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira Didn’t Make Any New Fans With His Post-Fight Actions At UFC Portland

Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira scored the biggest win of his career on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland, Oregon, but the Brazilian’s post-fight antics didn’t earn him many new fans.

The 28-year-old, whose only loss in his last six fights came against fellow cattle wrangler Donald Cerrone, dragged former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks to the floor midway through the third round and battered him with a vicious volley of strikes to inspire a stoppage from referee Herb Dean.

Immediately thereafter, as the American lay on the canvas, Oliveira made a number of offensive gestures in his direction. Brooks, who seemed to suffer a rib injury early in the fight, tried to confront Oliveira, but referee Herb Dean intervened. Thus, the defeated fighter tossed his mouth-guard at the retreating victor in frustration.

Oliveira’s decision to taunt Brooks in this manner certainly wasn’t classy and would likely have garnered criticism under any circumstances. However, due to the fact that ‘Cowboy’ had stepped atop the scales on Friday morning some 5.5lbs over the lightweight limit, most his behaviour was utterly abhorrent.

Weight seemed to be a factor in the fight as well. Oliveira looked much bigger than Brooks and seemed capable of competing with a clearly superior technician in grappling exchanges because of his size.

After the bout and the unsightly fracas that followed, Oliveira claimed that he had felt insulted by statements that Brooks made about his inability to make weight. Thus, he had acted out.

This explanation wasn’t earning him any grace for his actions on Twitter.

As a result of his weight-cutting woes, Oliveira was fined 20% of his purse. That sum will go to Brooks. But many feel that this punishment isn’t harsh enough.

Oliveira claimed after the bout that the lengthy flight from Brazil had played some role in the failed cut to 156lbs, which is the lightweight limit for non-title fights.

“I can’t explain it,” the fighter said through a translator (via MMAJunkie). “I left Brazil light. It’s a 17-hour flight, and I arrived here heavier. And [the weight] wouldn’t come off.”

“I’ve never not made weight in my life, and I’ve also never had this happen to me in my life.”

Interestingly, two other Brazilian fighters, John Linker and Hacran Dias also missed weight on Friday.

Author: The PA Team

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