Alex Oliveira is the latest fighter to exit the UFC roster after his contract ended recently and the promoted opted not to re-sign him to a new deal.
UFC officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday following an initial report from MMA Junkie.
As a 22-fight octagon veteran, Oliveira has been a mainstay with the UFC since 2015 when he first debuted with the promotion. Following a loss in his first fight against Gilbert Burns, Oliveira went on an impressive run with a 7-1 record with one no contest across his next eight appearances.
During that stretch, Oliveira picked up wins over Tim Means, K.J. Noons and ex-Bellator champion Will Brooks. Following those eight fights, Oliveira struggled to maintain the same kind of momentum as he bounced back-and-forth between wins and losses while still managing to pick up some impressive victories including his submission over one-time interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit.
Following that loss, Oliveira’s contract came to a close and the UFC opted not to bring him back on a new deal, although the promotion could re-sign him at any time in the future.