Las Vegas, NV — Poland’s Michal Oleksiejczuk returned to the win column at UFC 260 on Saturday thanks to a split decision in a very close fight against Modestas Bukauskas. The victory snapped a two-fight skid that saw Oleksiejczuk drop bouts to Jimmy Crute and Ovince St. Preux.
Now, Oleksiejczuk has something to build on.
Speaking to media outlets post-fight at the UFC Apex on Saturday, the light heavyweight said that “to be honest, it’s hard to say a lot about the fight. I need to watch it again. But I stuck to my game plan, I won the fight, so I’m happy.” Now, Oleksiejczuk is looking forward. “I want to build on that, I want to build a new win streak and climb up the rankings.”
Going to the judges can be a nail-biter, especially in a bout as close as Oleksiejczuk vs. Bukauskas. The Polish fighter never doubted he had won the fight, however. “I thought that I won. I may be one of the smallest guys in the light heavyweight division, but I’ve got one of the biggest hearts in the UFC,” he stated. “[Bukauskas] was running away, I was chasing him, I was putting the pressure [on], I was the active fighter, I wanted to fight. So I think that’s one I should have.”
While Oleksiejczuk doesn’t have a date in mind for his return, he does have an opponent. “I need to talk to my team and coaches, but I want to fight Ion Cutelaba. That was the fight in the making before, so let’s do it.”
Watch the full UFC 260 post-fight press conference with Michal Oleksiejczuk above.