Michal Oleksiejczuk has not fought since 2017, but wasted no time getting back into form, knocking out Gian Villante with a body shot in just 94 seconds at UFC Prague.
Michal Oleksiejczuk is looking to return from suspension successfully after defeating Khalil Rountree in his UFC debut in 2017. He ended up testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and having the victory overturned to a no contest. Prior to the Rountree fight, Oleksiejczuk was 12-2 with seven striking stoppages.
Gian Villante is a three-time Fight of the Night winner with a 7-7 UFC record. Villante has struggled on the entertainment front in his last few fights though, with four-straight split decisions on his record. The Long Island native has a notable victory over Corey Anderson and is coming off a win against Ed Herman.
As expected, the strikes started right away, with Villante focusing on leg kicks. A nice overhand landed for Villante, but Michal Oleksiejczuk kept him along the fence. Oleksiejczuk went to the body with a punch and Villante was obviously hurt. Villante crumbled to the canvas and Oleksiejczuk followed and landed heavy ground-and-pound to cap off the fight, forcing the referee to stop the fight just over 90 seconds in.
Oleksiejczuk said he was prepared for a back-and-forth three-round scrap, but he’ll obviously take a first-round knockout. Check out the video of the KO below:
— UFC (@ufc) February 23, 2019
Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Gian Villante by KO (Body Punch) in Round 1 (1:34)