SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 20: (R-L) Alistair Overeem of The Netherlands knees Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight bout throughout the UFC Battle Night event at Yubileyny Sports Palace on April 20, 2019, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Image by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC through Getty Images)
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Watch Alistair Overeem wage war with, and come away with a first-round finish of, Aleksei Oleinik at last year’s UFC St. Petersburg event.
It was a little over 11 months back when the UFC hosted its second-ever event in Russia, a card that was topped by Alistair Overeem, providing a first-round TKO to native Aleksei Oleinik.
Overeem was set up to be in action on April 11, headlining UFC Portland (which was moved to the UFC Pinnacle in Las Vegas) versus Walt Harris. The card, nevertheless, was held off as the result of the continuous coronavirus pandemic. The two were likewise set up to main event UFC D.C. in December prior to Harris took out due to the awful death of his stepdaughter.
Overeem had won 4 straight and 5 of 6 prior to suffering a first-round knockout loss in a heavyweight title shot versus Stipe Miocic at UFC203 He had actually aimed to rapidly return to another title shot with wins over Mark Hunt at UFC 209 and Fabricio Werdum at UFC 213 in 2017, however, he suffered ruthless back-to-back losses to Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes at UFC 218 and UFC 225, respectively. Entering this bout with Oleinik, Overeem had actually rebounded with a first-round finish of Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Beijing.
Overeem was initially set up to deal with Alexander Volkov at UFC St. Petersburg, however, when Volkov was displaced of the card, Oleinik was hired to complete at this event on simply two weeks’ notification. Volkov entered this bout with four wins in his last 5– all four visiting submissions and 2 visiting the uncommon Ezekiel choke. Oleinik’s last battle prior to UFC St. Petersburg saw him send Mark Hunt with a rear-naked choke at UFC Moscow, the first UFC card in Russia.
Overeem, later on, stayed on the D.C. card, getting knocked out with simply seconds staying prior to what would have been a win versus Jairzinho Rozenstruik and suffering a ruthless broken lip. Oleinik, on the other hand, was knocked out by Harris in 12 seconds at UFC San Antonio prior to rebounding with the submission of Maurice Greene at UFC 246.
Since March 29, Overeem is ranked No. 8 in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings, while Oleinik sits at No. 12.