Journeyman UFC Welterweight Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira (21-8-1 MMA, 11-6 UFC) has called out the most feared fighter in the divison, Khazmat Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC).
Chimaev has looked indestructible since his debut early this year, making easy work of all his opponents. He destroyed Gerald Meerschaert just a few weeks ago in what was supposed to be his biggest test. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson recently turned down a main event bout against Chimaev, saying the fight doesn’t interest him. Getting my ass kicked doesn’t interest me either brother.
Oliveira told MMA Junkie “I’ll take the fight no one else wants, Chimaev, I’m ready for a fight at welterweight right now. I see you picking and choosing opponents. I’m right here.”
Oliveira would be a test for Chimaev, as he is a solid fighter with tons of experience. But I see this as just another step towards a title shot for Chimaev. Someone is gonna have to fight the guy, might as well be Cowboy.