Cowboy Oliveira vs. Alexander Shlemenko: Fight card, start time, free live stream

Alex Cowboy Oliveira is fighting Alexander Shlemenko in Russia today. Find out how you can watch for free here.

By: Tim Bissell | 2 months ago
Cowboy Oliveira vs. Alexander Shlemenko: Fight card, start time, free live stream


Who had Alex Cowboy Oliveira vs. Alexander Shlemenko fighting on their 2023 bingo card? Well, that’s what’s happening on today at SFC 8 (that’s Shlemenko Fighting Championships, by the way).

Cowboy has said, sanctions be damned, and headed over to Omsk for a pay cheque in hostile territory. The popular former UFC fighter has been busy since being released from the promotion in 2022, off a loss to Kevin Holland.

He’s lost to Damian Maia in grappling, won some fights in Brazil and Serbia. He lost to Kiefer Crosbie (who won in Kingpyn Boxing last weekend) and beat fellow UFC vet Stefan Sekulic with a judo throw KO in Titan FC a few months ago.

Shlemenko is most known for his stints in Bellator, where he held the middleweight title and defended it on three occasions. He is also a former M-1 middleweight champion.

Since leaving Bellator he has fought exclusively in Russia. He headlined Shlemenko FC 5 last September where he fought to a split draw with Cleber Souza.

You can see how he’s been training for his fight with Cowboy below.

SFC 8: Alexander Shlemenko vs. Alex Cowboy Oliveira Fight card

  • Alexander Shlemenko (62-15-1) 🇷🇺 vs. Alex Oliveira (25-14-1) 🇧🇷; middleweight
  • Aleksander Osetrov (13-4-1) 🇷🇺 vs. Jackson Loureiro (13-3-1) 🇧🇷; featherweight
  • Alexander Podmarev (18-5) 🇷🇺 vs. Thiago Frasson (5-4) 🇧🇷; heavyweight
  • Youssef Ghrairi (9-3) 🇱🇧 vs. Abdulmutalip Gairbekov (17-4-1) 🇷🇺; featherweight
  • Said Agaev (5-0) 🇰🇿 vs. Evgeny Morozov (4-0) 🇷🇺; welterweight
  • Maksim Kirzo (5-3) 🇷🇺 vs. Akhmed Musaev (5-0) 🇷🇺; welterweight
  • Alisher Asamov (6-3) 🇺🇿 vs. Roman Arakelyan (5-3) 🇷🇺; featherweight
  • Shaxboz Yujakov (2-2-1) 🇺🇿 vs. Nikita Boltabaev (11-10) 🇷🇺; bantamweight
  • Khuseyn Merzoev (1-0) 🇷🇺 vs. Andrey Pulyaev (5-2) 🇷🇺; middleweight
  • Agasif Alikberov (5-5) 🇦🇿 vs. Sergey Tolmachev (3-3) 🇷🇺; lightweight
  • Dimitry Vezhenko (3-1) 🇷🇺 vs. Yuri Filinskikh (0-1) 🇷🇺; heavyweight
  • Anna Ermakova (1-0) 🇷🇺 vs. Vladlena Petrova (2-0) 🇷🇺; flyweight
  • Sergey Penyevskoy (2-2) 🇷🇺 vs. Alexander Zyryanov (0-0) 🇷🇺; lightweight

Start time and date

SFC 8: Alexander Shlemenko vs. Alex Oliviera takes place on Friday, July 21 at 12 p.m. ET.


SFC 8 takes place at the G Drive Arena in Omsk, Russia. Tickets for the event are available here.

Free live stream

You can watch the event live, for free, on YouTube (we think). Check the stream below when it goes live at 8:30 a.m ET on July 21.

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Tim Bissell
Tim Bissell

Tim Bissell is a writer, editor and deputy site manager for Bloody Elbow. He has covered combat sports since 2015. Tim covers news and events and has also written longform and investigative pieces. Among Tim's specialties are the intersections between crime and combat sports. Tim has also covered head trauma, concussions and CTE in great detail.

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