UFC Welterweight Alex Oliveira Gets Blown Up With A Grenade On Christmas Eve; Survives

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Alex Oliveira was injured on Christmas eve in Brazil after being hit with grenade fragments. You read that correctly.

The UFC Welterweight went home to Tres Rios, south of Rio de Janeiro, to spend Christmas with family when an altercation broke out at a gas station that involved machetes and guns and an exploding grenade that was thrown his way and lodged a handful of shrapnel in his lower leg, requiring surgery.

Alex Oliveira recently spoke to TV Rio Sul about the terrible incident.

“It was a good night, you know? But there are a lot of people in our family who do not like to enjoy Christmas. I went out to feed my mother’s car, and on the way I saw my aunt in confusion. I told my aunt not to interfere, I just stopped to try to ease the stop. Because when you have a fighter involved in confusion, you know, right? One guy already got a gun in my nephew’s face. Then began a push-push. The guys were with a machete, a knife, a grenade. And they threw the grenade at me. He flew fragments on my leg, on my foot.”

Alex Oliveira was taken to a local hospital where he underwent a small surgery on his leg to remove the grenade fragments.

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