The main card stream will be live on Sat. Sep. 15 2PM/11AM ETPT and will consist of 4 fights:
Mark Hunt vs Aleksei Oleinik
Jan Blachowicz vs Nikita Krylov
Andrei Arlovski vs Shamil Abdurakhimov
Alexey Kunchenko vs Thiago Alves
After the press office of UFC released the official information about the fight between Alexey Oleinik and Mark Hunt, this meeting has aroused great interest among fans of mixed martial arts. Russian fans are especially interested in this fight, as they have a chance to see a live meeting of two famous fighters. The Russian city of Moscow was chosen as the place of the fight, and the meeting itself will be held at the Olympic stadium. It is also known that the meeting will consist of 5 rounds.
Now there is a need to dwell on the fighters and get acquainted with their track record. If we talk about the heavyweight Mark Hunt, his track record is not replete with a large number of fights. In particular, he holds the 8th place in the UFC rating. As for the New Zealander, he has 13 wins and 12 defeats. In 2004 the fighter appeared in the ring for the first time, when he was seriously engaged in kickboxing.
It is also worth noting the fact that Hunt has met with various fighters, including the top ten. In particular, he had a fight with Alistair Overeem and the Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko.
After publication of news about the forthcoming meeting of fighters, Mark Hunt commented it. In particular, he noted that he respected Russian fighters. Moreover, he has already fought against them. He remembered the meeting with Fedor Emelianenko. Mark believes that he will have a tough confrontation with Oleinik, but he is ready to the development of such a kind of scenario.
In turn the New Zealand fighter wants to show all the force and power which he intends to bring down on the opponent.
However, we must also understand that his Russian rival Alexei Oleinik is also a very serious and dangerous fighter. He has already had quite a large number of fights, and he has won 51 of them. The Russian also has 11 defeats.
A lot of people will be surprised, but Oleinik’s career began in the twentieth century, and more precisely, in 1996. Not every athlete in mixed martial arts can boast of such sport longevity. Moreover, the last 15 fights ended with knock out.
If we speak directly about this duel, then the biggest advantage for Alexei is his great experience, he will use it without fail. Do not forget about the fact that the fight will take place in his home country in Moscow, where almost all the spectators of the Olympic stadium will be Russians. In this case, the support of native fans can serve as a good moral incentive for Oleinik.
The Russian fighter has also managed to speak about the future battle and about his opponent. The fighter, in particular, noted that first of all he was afraid of the strong blows of Hunt, so will be as careful as possible during the fight. He also talked about his strong arms, in which he wanted to catch Mark.
In one of his interviews, he also noted that it would be extremely difficult for him to win the fight against the New Zealander, and he does not have the opportunity to apply his own technique of strangulation to him. The reason for this is purely physiological – Hunt has a rather massive and short neck, and the Russian has too short arms for it.
Despite the presence of certain shortcomings in each of the fighters, they also have many advantages that they will have to use in this fight. As a result, the confrontation between Oleinik and Hunt in the octagon should be very serious and the fight should be colorful.
In a recent interview, Oleinik said that the upcoming fight with Hunt would be one of the most important fights in his career.
“In my opinion, Mark Hunt is one of the most difficult rivals in our my weight category, but it seems to me that the most important thing is that the UFC tournament comes to Russia and I lead it”, Oleinik said.