UFC 246: Alexey Oleynik Keeps on Winning
By James Lee
Although much of the post UFC 246 talk is flooded with Conor McGregor’s successful return, Alexey Oleynik’s win cannot go unmentioned. There is one thing that the Russian heavyweight does and that is win.
His second-round submission finish over American Maurice Greene was his 47th win in the grappling department in the entirety of his career.
After an unsuccessful attempt at finishing the fight in the first round with a scarf hold, Oleinik finally got the fight back onto the ground in the second, despite looking tired, before finishing with an armbar with just over a minute left.
The fight posed as the only heavyweight contest on the historic UFC 246 pay-per-view, that stood as the second highest gate in UFC history in Las Vegas.
Also, the fight broke a two-fight losing streak for the euphoric heavyweight who at 42-years-old, still finds himself near the top of the sport.
A record of 58-13-1 including wins across the world is a feat many fighters can only dream about and with his recent success in the UFC, Oleynik doesn’t appear to be slowing down one bit.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum called him out on Twitter after the fight.
He said: Congratulations Alexey Oleynik all my respect for you, but I think my JiuJitsu it’s better, let’s dance you can be my special guest for my return to the UFC.”
The Brazilian is cleared to fight from his USADA suspension in April and a bout between the pair seems the most reasonable option at this point.