Two complimentary storylines surrounded Saturday’s UFC Vegas 19 card. One was all about the increased activity in the heavyweight division, which was experiencing its most active month in recent memory in February. Four heavyweight fights dotted Saturday’s card alone, and Aleksei Oleinik vs. Chris Daukaus was one of three on the main card.
The other related storyline was one of youth vs. experience, also a key component of several bouts on the card, including Andrei Arlovski vs. Tom Aspinall, and of course Oleinik vs. Daukaus.
Youth appeared to have the edge on Saturday. After a few exchanges on the feet, Chris Daukaus got his third win in the UFC with another finish over veteran submission expert Aleksei Oleinik. Oleinik looked to drag his opponent down early, perhaps for his famed Ezekiel choke. It wasn’t there. Instead, Daukaus landed a quick right hand which looked to hurt Oleinik. Daukaus swarmed “The Boa Constrictor,” finding a home for his punches. As Oleinik was pressed with his back up against the cage, all he could do was cover up, only to be saved by Herb Dean. The end came early in the first round, with little in the way of offense for Oleinik.
The sky is the limit for Chris Daukaus inside the UFC heavyweight division. With Oleinik holding the number 10 ranking at heavyweight, it stands to reason that Daukuas will have a number next to his name in the days to come.
— UFC (@ufc) February 21, 2021
Official Result: Chris Daukaus def. Aleksei Oleinik by TKO, Round 1, 1:55