On Saturday, the UFC makes its very first drop in advertising history on Russian soil. UFC Fight Night 136 happens at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Moscow. The historical event is headlined by a battle of top-15 heavyweights Mark Hunt and Aleksei Oleinik.
The eighth-ranked Hunt is coming off an unusual choice loss to Curtis Blaydes in February. The Australian-based New Zealander is a fan-favorite and a knockout artist who is always wanting to place on a show. Even as a quadragenarian, he was able to manage a fourth-round TKO of Derrick Lewis just in 2015. However, Hunt is set to meet a difficult grappler.
Ukraine’s Oleinik is as excellent a choice as any to heading the very first card in Russia. He is currently being in the 11th area of the heavyweight rankings. Oleinik is coming off a first-round submission of Junior Albini at UFC 224 in May. With 46 submission wins in 68 pro battles, he has a totally various capability than Hunt. This is a battle for top-10 significance in the department, and it shapes up to be a timeless striker-versus-grappler affair.
The main card also hosts the return of Nikita Krylov to the UFC. Krylov faces Jan Błachowicz. Fans will likewise be treated to a heavyweight showdown in between seasoned Andrei Arlovski and Shamil Abdurakhimov. In welterweight action, undefeated Alexey Kunchenko makes his UFC launching versus Thiago Alves.
The 12-fight event begins with eight preliminary bouts streaming survive on UFC Fight Pass at 10:30 a.m. ET. The four-fight main card stays on UFC Fight Pass and begins at 2 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, Sept. 15, the UFC debuts in Russia, visiting the Olympic Stadium in Moscow for UFC Fight Night 136: Hunt vs. Oleinik.
In the night’s main event, heavyweight specialists collide when former K-1 champion Mark Hunt clashes with Ezekiel choke connoisseur Aleksei Oleinik. The 44-year-old Hunt will look to rebound from a UFC 221 decision loss to top-10 fighter Curtis Blaydes. Prior to that, Hunt stopped Derrick Lewis in his native New Zealand, earning “Fight of the Night” honors in the process. Russia’s Oleinik will fight in his homeland for the first time in nearly five years. The International Master of Sport in sambo has submitted his opponent in 46 of his 56 career victories. The 41-year-old enters the contest having won three of his last four, with the only loss coming against the aforementioned Blaydes.
The 12-fight event kicks off with eight fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass at 10:30 a.m. ET. The four-fight main card follows at 2 p.m. ET, also on UFC Fight Pass.
The fighters hit the scales on Friday. The results will appear below.
Mark Hunt (265) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (235)
Jan Blachowicz (205) vs. Nikita Krylov (205)
Andrei Arlovski (244) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (256)
Alexey Kunchenko (170) vs. Thiago Alves (171)