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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 83’s Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 83 headliner Alex Oliveira, who looks to make a name for himself this Sunday (Feb. 21, 2016) inside Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Knockout artist, Alex Oliveira, takes on fellow Muay Thai specialist, Donald Cerrone, in a battle of “Cowboys” this Sunday (Feb. 21, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 83 inside Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Oliveira has been in UFC for less than one year, but he’s already proven himself a game and talented fighter. This is just his fifth fight inside the Octagon, and all but one of those have been on short-notice.

Here, it can all pay off, as this is a major step up in exposure for the Brazilian. If he manages to defeat Cerrone — whose ranked very highly in Oliveira’s home weight class of 155 pounds — he’ll suddenly have a great deal of momentum behind him.

Let’s take a closer look at his skill set:

Striking

Oliveira is a terrifying mix of length, power, and speed. He’s far from the most technical fighter, but trading with Oliveira is a very dangerous proposition that will end poorly for most men at Lightweight OR Welterweight.

Essentially, Oliveira relies on his excellent athleticism for just about all of his movements. It’s a testament to that athleticism that Oliveira is a UFC fighter — and a successful one at that — after just five years of training MMA.

However, that inexperience also leads Oliveira to do some strange things and leave openings. For example, Oliveira loves the rear uppercut, which is a great tool for a tall fighter. However, he very commonly lunges in from a long distance and leads with his right uppercut without even feinting ….View full article

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