Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization invaded Moscow, Russia for the first time ever to stage UFC Fight Night 136, which aired on UFC Fight Pass yesterday (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018). In the main event of the evening Aleksei Oleinik picked up a huge win, as he defeated Mark Hunt in Heavyweight action.
Biggest Winner: Aleksei Oleinik
Aleksei has slowly been climbing the ranks, but he’s been doing it quietly. His latest win over Mark Hunt, however, speaks volumes. That is now two straight wins for the submission specialist, winning four of his last five, with his lone loss coming to top contender Curtis Blaydes.
The 265-pound landscape will change drastically in the coming months, as current champion Daniel Cormier will attempt to defend his title one time before he closes up shop. That said, Aleksei wants to make sure he’s in the thick of things when that happens. The win over Hunt helps, but he’ll need one more big victory to really get there. Nevertheless, he can enjoy his big win and look forward to an even bigger matchup in his next outing.
Runner Up: Jan Blachowicz
Since losing to Patrick Cummins a year ago, Jan has been on fire, winning four in a row against some rather stiff competition, such as Jared Cannonier and Jimi Manuwa. Ranked No. 4, Jan is really starting to make some moves. His second-round submission win over Nikita Krylov was impressive to say the least, as Nikita was scorching prior to making his return to the Octagon.
While Blachowicz isn’t the name that first comes to mind when looking at potential title contenders, he’s bullying his way through and people should start taking notice. With only Ilir Latifi, Volkan Oezdemir and Alexander Gustaffson ahead of him, Jan could very well over take one of those spots after his latest win.
Biggest Loser: Nikita Krylov
After losing to Misha Cirkunov at UFC 206 two years ago, Nikita opted to not re-sign with UFC, instead choosing to hit the regional circuit to improve on his game. And he did just that, wining four in a row during his time away. Feeling as if he was ready, he returned to the eight-walled cage as he stepped up to face a red-hot Jan Blachowicz. But, it went south in a hurry in the second round, as Jan sunk in a d’arce choke to score his fourth straight win. For Nikita, his last two fights inside the Octagon have seen him get choked out. Hopefully his latest defeat doesn’t doesn’t deliver another blow to his confidence.
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