UFC Moscow: The Winners and Losers

This past weekend, the UFC made their first appearance in Russia. With UFC great, Mark Hunt losing via rear naked choke to Aleksei Oleinik in the main event. In the co-main Jan Blachowicz defeated Nikita Krylov via arm-triangle choke. Hunt was doing really well in the beginning of the round, landing strikes at will and hurting Oleinik with a big right hand. Threw out the fight it was easy to tell Hunt was hurting the legs of Oleinik as Aleksei started to limp around the octagon and never really put full pressure on that front leg from then on. Until late in the first round when Oleinik was able to get Hunt to the ground and it was only a matter of time until he secured the choke and ended the fight. It was a very similar fight in the co-main. Krylov was landing some strikes on the feet in the first round until he secured a take down. Once on the ground his top pressure wasn’t enough to keep Blachowicz down, Jan switched positions and ended up on top. Domination the rest of round one, in round two Blachowicz came out and immediately went for the take down. Once he got Krylov to the floor he forced his will and sank in the choke.

Nikita Krylov vs Sam Alvey 

Sam Alvey will be fighting this upcoming weekend against Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. In any case either fighter would be fit to fight Krylov next. The better question is witch two of these fighters will retire from the UFC this Saturday. Although Alvey is only 32 years old, he has 44 professional mma fights under his belt, and Nogueria is 42 years old. There is a better chance of little Nog retiring so we are going to go with Alvey.

 

Jan Blachowicz vs Anthony Smith/ Volkan Oezdemir 

Looking very impressive this past Saturday, Jan Blachowicz called out the light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. Although he has been climbing the ranks fast, it is probable that he gets a number one contender fight next. If Cormier does come down and defend his light heavyweight title he will more then likely fight Alexander Gustafsson who is undoubtedly the number one contender at this time. Even if Daniel does not defend it is more likely that Gustafsson will fight someone like the winner of the Smith/Oezdemir fight for the title fight.

 

Mark Hunt vs Stefan Struve 

Its always classically funny to see extremely short guys fight extremely tall guys. This would be the case for this fight with Hunt only being 5’10” and Struve being a massive 7 feet tall, a whole foot taller. Not only that , but this fight actually makes sense to make. With the loss this weekend making Hunt 1-3 in his last 4 fights, and Struve losing his last 3 straight it appears that the vets are having a sort of fall from grace. In the UFC you don’t get a lot of chances so if they do fight it will be a fight of who doesn’t want to be cut by the UFC.

 

Aleksei Oleinik vs Alistair Overeem 

Oleinik got off to a rough start this past Saturday but ended up getting the submission win. Although Overeem has dropped his last two fights to Blaydes and Ngannou, he is still ranked number 6 in the UFC’s heavyweight division. A classic striker vs grappler match up will be great to see, knowing how Oleinik deals with leg kicks Overeem may have a clear path to victory. Stay on your feet abuse the lower legs. Either way it will be a great fight and either push Oleinik closer to a title shot or push Overeem back into the UFC title picture.

 

Next weekends event will be held in Sau Paulo Brazil on September 22, 2018. Headlined by a light heavyweight contender fight between Jimi Manuwa and former middleweight contender Thiago Santos.

 

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