This morning (Sat. September 15, 2018) the UFC made its debut in Moscow, Russia. Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were in for a real treat today. The show was main evented by a heavyweight contest between veterans Mark Hunt and Aleksei Oleinik.
After some nice back-and-forth, Oleinik was finally able to get the fight to the ground and lock in a rear-naked choke. Hunt was forced to tap and Oleinik received yet another submission victory on his record.
Also, in the co-featured bout of the evening, a pair of top-ranked light heavyweights went to war as Jan Blachowicz defeated Nikita Krylov via submission. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski also returned and was defeated by Shamil Abdurakhimov via decision.
Check out MMA News’ UFC Moscow results here below:
- Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Aleksei Oleinik
Leg kick by Hunt to start the action. Oleinik comes inside with some hooks but just misses. A hook for Oleinik lands but Hunt circles out. A big right-hand lands for Hunt, but Oleinik is still standing and looks unphased. Another leg kick from Hunt and Oleinik’s leg is bothering him. Oleinik with a failed takedown attempt and he eats another big leg kick.
A hook for Oleinik lands in the pocket, another lands that momentarily drops Hunt to his knees but he shoots back up. Hunt nearly taken down, he gets to his feet, but Oleinik finally gets the takedown and immediately takes the back. After some work, Oleinik locks in the rear-naked choke and forces Hunt to tap out.
Official Result: Aleksei Oleinik def. Mark Hunt via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 4:26)
- Light heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz def. Nikita Krylov via R2 submission (D’arce choke, 2:41)
- Heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Welterweight: Alexey Kunchenko def. Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Middleweight: Khalid Murtazaliev def. C.B. Dollaway via R2 TKO (referee stoppage, 5:00)
- Catchweight (137 pounds): Petr Yan def. Jin Soo Son via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Lightweight: Rustam Khabilov def. Kajan Johnson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Catchweight (161 pounds): Mairbek Taisumov def. Desmond Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Light heavyweight: Magomed Ankalaev def. Marcin Prachnio via R1 KO (head kick and punches, 3:09)
- Middleweight: Jordan Johnson def. Adam Yandiev via R2 submission (side choke, 0:42)
- Welterweight: Ramazan Emeev def. Stefan Sekulic via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili def. Terrion Ware via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)