GLENDALE, Ariz. – Alex Oliveira knew opponent Carlos Condit was struggling in the waning moments of their fight, but he had no intentions of letting go of a choke that left his opponent fighting off unconsciousness.
“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 following Saturday’s UFC on FOX 29 co-main-event victory. “And then he tapped.”
Oliveira (19-4-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC) picked up one of his biggest victories to date with the victory over former interim champion and longtime welterweight Condit (30-12 MMA, 7-8 UFC), which aired on FOX from Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., near Phoenix. The victory came via second-round guillotine choke, but Condit fought it off – and went in and out of unconscious – before the submission ultimately forced a tap.
Oliveira, though, knew he just had to be diligent about it.
“Yeah, if I stopped and the judges didn’t give me the victory, I had to put on the pressure,” he said.
With the victory, the 30-year-old continued his recent ascent up the welterweight ranks. He’s on a 5-1 run (with one no-contest), has won three straight fight-night bonuses (including “Performance of the Night” on Saturday), and his past four wins have come via stoppage. The list of opponents is impressive and ranges from longtime Bellator champ Will Brooks to the notoriously tough Tim Means and Ryan LaFlare.
A win over former WEC 170-pound king Condit, though, is probably worth a little extra juice in the title picture. “Cowboy,” who replaced injured Matt Brown on short notice, is just happy it came after such a trying period.
“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.”
And for what’s next?
“A week of rest, and then I’ll start training again, and I’ll be … training for the next one,” he said.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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