Undefeated Brazilian heavyweight—and former training partner of current heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos—Ednaldo “Lula” Oliveira has signed with Authentic Sports Management.
Oliveira (13-0-1, 1NC), who is 6'7" and 238 pounds, recently joined the UFC heavyweight division. He becomes the latest fighter to join ASM's impressive roster of world class fighters.
“Signing with Authentic Sports Management is the right decision at the right time because the UFC is getting so big in Brazil,” Oliveira said via press release. "Now, the fighters are expected to be as professional in business as they are in athletics. With Glenn and Luiz (Dorea) working together to support me and my career, I can focus my attention on winning fights."
The 27-year-old Brazilian is expected to face Rob Broughton at UFC 142, which takes place in Oliveira's home country. UFC 132 will be held at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on Jan. 14.
He's collected four knockout victories this year; his most recent was this past October in Brazil.
Oliveira joins UFC and Strikeforce veterans—Rashad Evans, Anthony Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Jake Shields, Kenny Florian, Michael Johnson, "JZ" Cavalcante and a host of others—to team up with Glenn Robinson and Authentic Sports Management.
Oliveira trains under the tutelage of boxing coach Luiz Dorea, who has trained the likes of Anderson Silva, Junior dos Santos and the Nogueira brothers.
“I am very excited about working with Luiz Dorea to help Oliveira with his fighting career,” Glenn Robinson, president of Authentic Sports Management said. “Dorea has trained and worked with some of the best in the sport. He has a legacy of building champions, and I can learn so much from him—this is a great relationship at a great time.”
Needless to say, when Oliveira makes his organizational debut in the octagon next month at UFC 142, his career will be in good hands.
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