American management consulting firm IPZ International Players – Zito Partners (IPZ) announced yesterday the signings of UFC heavyweight No.11 Alexey Oleynik (55-11-1) and former WWE superstar Oleg Prudius.

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Born in the Ukraine and now a Russian citizen, Oleynik, 40, made his UFC debut in June 2014 and has a 4-2-0 record inside the octagon. ‘The Boa Constrictor’s’ last bout was a TKO loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 217 in November 2017. He is scheduled to meet Junior Albini (14-3-0) in his next bout at Rio’s UFC 224 on May 12.

“My partnership with IPZ feels very natural to me,” said Oleynik in a press release. “IPZ’s goal is to position its clients in the best light to secure sponsorships and a successful post-athletic career. As a seasoned athlete, the possibility of retirement is always looming. The nature of combat sports is extremely unpredictable due to the injuries that can end fighter’s career at any moment. The uncertain reality of combat sports constantly forces me to think about life beyond competition, my future earnings, and my ability to continue to do what I love.

“IPZ recognizes the value in me by being a well-known athlete, especially in my native country Russia, and within the mixed martial arts community around the world,” Oleynik continued. “As a current top UFC heavyweight fighter and one of the best grappling technicians in the world, I want to share my knowledge and experience of competing at the highest level with as many people as I can. IPZ presented me with a plan that addressed my concerns and will open a new and exciting chapter in my life. I am confident that with IPZ’s worldwide network, I will be able to maximize my exposure to my fans, MMA practitioners, and continue building my legacy.”

Born in the former Soviet Union, Prudius, 38, is known as former WWE superstar Vladimir Kozlov. After training in the WWE’s Deep South Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) territories, he made his ring debut in 2008, winning the tag team championship with Santino Marella in December 2010.

Away from the squared circle, Prudius is also a USA Open Heavyweight Sambo Champion, as well as a USA kick-boxing association (USKBA) international heavyweight grappling champion. He is also active in the entertainment industry, appearing in many movies and TV series such as Fast and Furious 6 and HBO’s The Wire.

Prudius appeared in three films in 2017: John Wick: Chapter 2, The Fate of the Furious and Wolf Warrior 2.

“For an athlete, pro-wrestler, actor and producer like me, the notion of a brand or product with recognizable quality is paramount,” said Prudius. “I have achieved the highest accolades in combat sports, built a recognizable name in the WWE and the entertainment industry, but I always strive to get to the next level – to create a name brand like Michael Jordan or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.”

“I like the fact that Bob was able to put together a young team of dedicated people that have vision, knowledge, a worldwide reach and all the other necessary tools to produce great results and benefits for everyone involved,” Prudius explained. “This is why being represented by IPZ is a sensible choice for me.”

“Oleg has always attacked everything he does in life with passion, and that will be welcomed by brands,” added Robert Zito, IPZ managing partner. “He also works his butt off, never looking for star treatment. He’s got a blue collar attitude that I personally love.”

Terms for Oleynik and Prudius were not disclosed.

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