Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira suffered one of the worst gashes in UFC history at UFC 231. So bad, in fact, it took 29 stitches to close.

Oliveira held his own against Gunnar Nelson until the fight hit the ground and Nelson took over. Once the BJJ wiz got on top of “Cowboy,” he delivered some of the most brutal elbows that this writer has ever seen.

Oliveira’s gash took 29 stitches to close all the while smiling through the process. “Cowboy” is going to have one heck of a scar when the gash heels.

Due to his injuries sustained at UFC 231 Oliveira was given a 60-day medical suspension courtesy of The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.

Mike Straus @AKAstraus21 is a credentialed MMA journalist and a member of the MMAJA. He has been a fan of the sport since its inception and has been covering the sport professionally for three years. In the past, he has produced content for Fansided's Cagepages,, and He currently contributes for, he is a staff writer for, and He most recently began writing for