UFC Moscow’s main event saw a first round submission upset with Aleksei Oleinik (Oleksiy Oliynyk) submitting Mark Hunt.
The main event of the UFC’s first trip to Russia was an exciting one. Mark Hunt is one of the sport’s most entertaining fighters, but at UFC Moscow, he came up short against Aleksei Oleinik. Going into the fight Hunt had won just one of his last four fights, while Oliynyk had won three of his last four including a big win over Travis Browne. Thus heading in to UFC Fight Night 136 it seemed like a 50/50 affair, because of the contrasting brawler vs grappler style. And well, the grappler won.
The opening round started, and Mark Hunt landed a crushing counter right hand that seemed like it should have put Oleinik down, but it didn’t. Somehow, he remained standing. Mark landed some punishing leg kicks, however Oleinik then tagged Hunt with a heavy blow of his own. Hunt was rocked! He was taken down in turn, and Oleinik quickly got his back with a minute left. Once Olinynk has your back, it’s only a matter of time, and soon he got the tap to a rear-naked choke.
Aleksei Oleinik was a major underdog heading into the fight. Mark Hunt, despite having been submitted, had never been choked before in his MMA career. With a tendency to make history in his fights (see: Ezekiel choke finishes in the UFC), Oleinik ensured tonight was no different.
Aleksei Oleinik def. Mark Hunt by submission (rear-naked choke), Roudn 1, 4:26