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UFC Moscow: Oleinik overcomes Hunt to score first round submission

Russian Alexei Oleinik (57-11-1) took Mark Hunt’s (13-13-1, 1NC) best strikes yet was still able to get the fight to the ground and secure a rare submission victory in the main event of UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow.

Hunt scored with kicks and punches, including a right hand that forced Oleinik to scramble for a takedown. But just when Hunt had the fight under standup control, Oleinik landed some strikes that stunned the Kiwi, allowing “The Boa Constrictor” to get the takedown and work a rear-naked choke. Referee Herb Dean stopped the contest at 4:26 of the first round.

Oleinik, Jan Blachowicz, and Magomed Ankalaev earned performances of the night, while Petr Yan won Fight of the Night although his opponent Jin Soo San did not, as he missed weight. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

MAGOMED ANKALAEV DEF. MARIN PRCHINO VIA KO (STRIKES) R1 3:09

MAIRBEK TAISUMOV DEF. DESMOND GREEN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

RUSTAM KHABILOV DF. KAJAN JOHNSON VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

PETR YAN VIA DEF. JIN SOO SAN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

KHALID MURTAZALIEV DEF. C.B. DOLLOWAY VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 5:00

MAIN CARD 

ALEXEY KUNCHENKO VS. THIAGO ALVES

 

WINNER: ALEXEY KUNCHENKO VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXEY KUNCHENKO VIA TKO

Andrews: Not a barnburner of a fight, but Alexey did enough to outwork Alves.

#12 ANDREI ARLOVSKI VS. #14 SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1041042725779333120

 

WINNER: SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV VIA TKO

Andrews: Shamir won, but his ground game and striking still needs lots of work.

#4 JAN BLACHOWICZ VS. NIKITA KRYLOV 

 

WINNER: JAN BLACHOWICZ VIA SUBMISSION R2 2:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAN BLACHOWICZ VIA UD

Andrews: Krylov didn’t really have an answer for the ground game of Blachowicz. Good win.

MAIN EVENT

#12 MARK HUNT VS. ALEXEI OLEINIK 

 

WINNER: ALEXEI OLEINIK VIA SUBMISSION (REAR NAKED CHOKE) R1 4:26

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARK HUNT VIA TKO

Andrews: It’s clear Hunt is done. He wants one more in his backyard, but give credit to Oleinik for enduring and getting the choke.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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