After a failed attempt to return to the lightweight division, Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira has his next fight announced where he will officially return to the welterweight ranks.
“The Dirty Bird” Tim Means is set to be his opponent come the night of UFC 207 on Dec. 30, the UFC announced Tuesday.
Oliveira is coming off his UFC Fight Night 96 co-main event against Will Brooks just two weeks ago in what was supposed to be a lightweight fight.
Oliveira missed weight by five-and-a-half pounds; barely making the limit enforced by the athletic commission in Oregon where if he weighed in more than six pounds over the limit, the fight would have been scrapped entirely.
Brooks decided to go through with the bout at the new catchweight and settle for a portion of Oliveira’s purse.
Oliveira made the most of the bout against the former Bellator lightweight champion though.
Brooks suffered a rib injury in Round 1, and Oliveira was able to wear Brooks down and get the TKO victory in Round 3, ending Brooks’ undefeated streak that went back to 2013.
Means last fought at UFC 202 after getting in some trouble with USADA.
By proving his failed drug test in early 2016 was the result of tainted supplements, Means was able to get a suspension of just six months as opposed to the two-year suspension first-time offenders face.
He made his return in spectacular fashion, dominating Sabah Homasi on route to a Round 2 TKO.
UFC 207 is set to feature the return of Ronda Rousey.
She will challenge women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in the main event.