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Father of 11 Alex Oliveira shares advice for UFC Vegas 38 opponent Niko Price ahead of sixth child: ‘Get a vasectomy’

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Alex Oliveira enters the octagon for the 21st time this Saturday in Las Vegas.
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Alex Oliveira, a veteran of 20 UFC bouts and father of 11 kids in his native Tres Rios, Brazil, has one important piece of advice for Niko Price, his opponent at the Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 38.

Price recently announced on social media he’s expecting the birth of his sixth child ahead of his clash with “Cowboy,” and the Brazilian has some parenting advice.

“I’d tell him, ’If you can get a vasectomy already, do it, brother,’” Oliveira said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I was sexist. ‘Will it continue the same way after surgery?’ And I got 11. If I had done surgery before, I would have gotten only four or five [kids].

“That’s my advise for him, man. Know the truth. Get the surgery done already, because it seems that condoms can’t stop us.”

Having almost a dozen extra mouths to feed gets Oliveira pumped for a post-fight bonus every time he enters the cage, and “this fight has everything to win a bonus.”

“He’s very versatile, a tough guy that can take a beating,” Oliveira said of Price. “He’s the type of guy that you have to stay alert at all times and in shape, and put pressure at all times. My camp was very medieval. You can expect anything from him so I had to train everything for him. I’m ready for a war.”

Both fighters have their back against the wall going into UFC Vegas 38 after winning only two of their past seven octagon appearances. Oliveira lost his last two via first-round submission to Shavkat Rakhmonov and Randy Brown, while Price went winless in his past three versus Vicente Luque, Donald Cerrone and Michel Pereira.

“I’m on this journey for a long time,” Oliveira said. “I know we can’t disappoint. I’m going there to give them what they want and have my hands raised. That’s what I need at the moment. I always put pressure over myself, but highs and lows do exist.

“I’ve studied him completely, I know he has won by knockout off his back, with upkicks and unexpected strikes. I’m well-trained, I’m focused. He’s the type of fighter that will try to finish me, take me down and keep me there and win round after round, but the only way you’ll win round after round is if I stand still. I’m hungry, man. I’m here for a fight.”