UFC announced the welterweight clash Friday via social media.
Dalby (17-3-1, 1 NC) was one of the most requested names to be added to the card due to his storied resurgence since his UFC exit in 2016. The Dane compiled a record of 1-2-1 during his tenure, claiming a win over Elizeu Zaleski, drawing with Darren Till and suffering decision losses to Zak Cummings and Peter Sobotta.
Since his UFC exit, Dalby revealed his struggles with mental health before fighting back to title contention under the Cage Warriors banner. His last outing—a title unification bout with Ross Houston—ended in a no contest due to the amount of blood shed making the vinyl surface unsafe to compete on. Calls for “Locomotivo” to be added to the Copenhagen carded grew stronger on the back of the viral showing at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Oliveira (20-7-1) goes into the contest on the back of two consecutive losses to Gunnar Nelson, and most recently, Mike Perry. An established name in the UFC’s welterweight division, “Cowboy” has compiled a record of 9-5 since his debut in early 2015.
The Brazilian shares one common opponent with Dalby—Carlo Pedersoli Jr. The Italian was awarded a split decision win over Dalby in the Dane’s first contest outside of the UFC, which earned him a contract with the promotion. He suffered a 40-second stoppage at the hands of “Cowboy” when they met in the co-main event of UFC Sao Paulo in Sept. 2018.