Alex Oliveira wants opportunity to fight ‘well ranked guys’ after quick KO at UFC Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO – Alex Oliveira lost out on a major opportunity at UFC Fight Night 137. Now he wants the chance to get it back.

Oliveira (20-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC), who defeated Carlo Pedersoli Jr. (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) by first-round knockout on Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, originally was scheduled to fight Neil Magny (21-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC). The promotion shifted Mangy into a different matchup, though, leaving “Cowboy” with a much lesser-known foe.

Not only has the Brazilian suffered just one loss in his past eight fights, he made a statement against Pedersoli Jr. with a devastating 39-second knockout. Oliveira beat former interim UFC champ Carlos Condit in his previous bout, and he wants to continue trending upward after winning big.

“I want to fight well ranked guys,” Oliveira told reporters, including MMAjunkie, through an interpreter at the UFC Fight Night 137 post-fight news conference. “I want to fight for the belt, and I just want the opportunity.”

Although Oliveira, 30, wouldn’t offer a name in terms of exactly who he would like to fight next, he did offer somewhat of a message in the octagon after his knockout. During his post-fight interview with Jimmy Smith, Oliveira referred to himself as a shark and mentioned someone else as a snake.

When pressed about the meaning behind his comments, Oliveira did not go into any detail.

“For those who know him, I’m a shark,” Oliveira said. “It’s something that I can’t say in public. You know what it is so let’s not talk about it.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 137, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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