UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik
April 20, 2019
St.Petersburg, Russia from Yubileyny Sports Palace
Live on ESPN+ (10 AM ET Prelims, 1 PM ET Main Card)
Magomed Mustafaev def. Rafael Fiziev via TKO (Spinning back kick and Punches) Round 1, 1:26
Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov (Middleweight)
Round 1: Antigulov is looking for a takedown right out of the gate. Michal catches him with a right hook and Antigulov is down! Antigulov scrambles to his feet and eats an uppercut! Antigulov is down again! Again, he scrambles back to his feet only to eat another uppercut and this fight is over!
Result: Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via KO (Punch) Round 1, 0:44
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura (Heavyweight)
Round 1: Abdurakhimov is connecting early. Tybura seems to be having a hard time deciphering potential level changes from set ups for strikes. He connects to the body and just misses with a follow up right hand. Tybura is basically just a stationary target right now, he’s using very poor movement compared to what he is usually capable of. Abdurakhimov lands an uppercut in the final seconds of the round. He seems intent on finding the knockout so far. (10-9 Abdurakhimov)
Round 2: Tybura is starting to lean into his jabs. His lower body is trailing his upper body… My best guess is that he isn’t confident he can take the fight down and it’s causing him to freeze up a bit. Abdurakhimov connects with a big left hand and Tybura is hurt! He’s back peddling and Abdurakhimov is looking for the finish! He connects again and again and Tybura is out on his feet!
Result: Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Marcin Tybura via KO (Punches) Round 2, 3:15
Alexander Yakovlev def. Alex da Silva via Submission (Modified Anaconda Choke) Round 2, 3:10
Keita Nakamura vs. Sultan Aliev (Welterweight)
Round 1: Nakamura is working his jab early. Aliev returns a big right hand that lands flush! Aliev connects again with a big right hand! Nakamura secures a clinch hip tosses Aliev to the mat! A scramble ensues and both men are back against the fence. Aliev changes levels and scores with a quick takedown! (10-9 Aliev)
Round 2: They’re trading to start the round… Aliev changes levels for a takedown and competes it. Nakamura scrambles to his feet but Aliev pulls him down again… Aliev has a body lock and he’s really working to get this fight down again. Lots of grappling in this round and a little bit of boxing. It isn’t a bad fight by any means, but it has lots of lulls. (10-9 Aliev)
Round 3: Aliev is looking for a takedown to get things started… He gets him down, but Nakamura has an arm. Aliev moves to take the back and he is now threatening the neck. Nakamura works out of it though and climbs back to his feet. Aliev is staying on him though. Aliev scores with a right hand to the body. Aliev lands a right hook and then a jab. He’s used the jab well tonight and he’s probably done enough to get the win here. (10-9 Aliev)
Result: Sultan Aliev def. Keita Nakamura via Unanimous Decision
Analysis: Every fight tonight has been great but this one was a bit of a letdown. Aliev neutralized Nakamura effectively and landed some nice punches in the early rounds but that’s about all I can say.
Movsar Evloev vs. Seungwoo Choi (Featherweight)
Round 1: Evloev moves in and lands a nice lead uppercut! Choi fires a knee right up the middle! Evloev scores with an over hand and changes levels for a takedown! Evloev moves into side control and from there he is landing knees to the body. Choi recovers guard but Evloev is looking to pass immediately. Choi manages to return to his feet but Evloev is staying on him! (10-9 Evloev)
Round 2: Evloev lands a jab to get things started. Choi slips and hits the mat, and Evloev follows him down. Choi is back on his feet but Evloev is controlling his hips against the fence. Evloev completes a takedown and he’s now sitting in Choi’s guard. Choi recovers a bit and he’s attempting to use the fence to get up. Evloev connects with an illegal knee… The ref is going to stop the fight and he’s also taking a point… Back to the action… (9-9 Draw) Evloev’s round, but he lost the point for the illegal knee.
Round 3: Evloev takes Choi down in the first few seconds of the round. Choi has a closed guard, he appears to just be holding on. Evloev is pressuring and as Choi scrambles, Evloev moves with him and takes his back. Evloev is just smothering him here with fantastic wrestling and Choi can’t do anything about it. (10-9 Evloev) (29-27 Evloev)
Result: Movsar Evloev def. Seungwoo Choi via Unanimous Decision
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski (Middleweight)
Round 1: Jotko scores with a body kick after a long feeling out process. Jotko changes levels and scores with a nice takedown! Jotko takes the back, but Amedovski rolls through it and takes top control. He lands a few hard elbows before letting Jotko up. Amedovski scores with a spinning back elbow, but Jotko changes levels and takes him down again! Jotko moves to side control and the into mount. Amedovski recovers a half guard but Jotko is looking to pass in the final seconds of the round. (10-9 Jotko)
Round 2: Jotko doesn’t waste much time in taking Amedovski down. He moves right into side control and he’s starting to land some short elbows from that position. Jotko has spent nearly this entire round controlling Amedovski from side control. Jotko has isolated one of his opponents’ arms and he is really busting Amedovski up from here. Amedovski took a beating in the final 20 seconds or so… This is all Jotko right now. He is clearly up two rounds. (10-9 Jotko)
Round 3: Jotko clearly has a plan here… He takes Amedovski down to start the round. He is sitting in his opponent’s guard and pelting him with punches and elbows. Jotko moves into side control and he continues to land shots from there. Not much to the final round but Jotko is the clear winner tonight. (10-9 Jotko) (30-27 Jotko)
Result: Krzysztof Jotko def. Alen Amedovski via Unanimous Decision
Analysis: That snapped a three-fight losing streak for Jotko after starting his career with 19 wins in 20 fights. I’m sure he’s glad to be back on track.
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko (Bantamweight)
Round 1: Shevchenko lands a jab to get things going. Roxy is pressuring but she’s getting hit with a lot of jabs and straights. Roxy forces the fight against the fence and trips Shevchenko down to the mat. Shevchenko is back up, but Roxy takes her right back down! She moves into mount. Roxy is landing short elbows and punches as the round ends. (10-9 Modafferi)
Round 2: Modafferi secures a clinch and forces her opponent against the fence. She scores with a trip takedown and puts Shevchenko on the mat. Shevchenko is looking to land up kicks but Modafferi is crafty enough to avoid the heavy ones. She’s back to controlling the action from side control. Modafferi is really letting her experience show here, she’s in total control and she has Shevchenko out of her element. (10-8 Modafferi)
Round 3: Shevchenko throws a front kick that may have grazed Modafferi. She appears a lot more aggressive in this round as she’s forcing Modafferi back with high volume strikes. Modafferi gets the fight down to the mat but Shevchenko sweeps! And Modafferi sweeps her right back! She is now working from top mount, not much striking but a lot of control. Shevchenko scrambles to her feet! She lands a hard knee but Modafferi is still able to reestablish the clinch. Modafferi is controlling the fight against the fence and competes a takedown in the final seconds of the round. (10-9 Modafferi)
Result: Roxanne Modafferi def. Antonina Shevchenko via Split Decision
Analysis: Well whoever gave the fight to Shevchenko should… stop drinking. Modafferi called out Cris Cyborg post fight… she was joking. Big win for Modafferi there.
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm (Heavyweight)
Round 1: Pavlovich scores with a quick jab. Golm returns a nice counter left hand. Pavlovich has some very fast hands and he uses them to land a quick jab and right hook combination. Pavlovich is swarming! He lands an overhand shot and a hard uppercut and Golm is down! Pavlovich is looking for a finish and he gets it! Its all over!
Result: Sergei Pavlovich def. Marcelo Golm via KO (Punch) Round 1: 1:06
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan (Lightweight)
Round 1: Arman slips after attempting a spinning back fist and Makhachev capitalizes with a takedown attempt. Arman defends though and attempts a takedown of his own. They’re working for position against the fence. Makhachev scores with a takedown and he’s working for mount. They scramble and Makhachev pulls guard with a guillotine! Arman rolls through it though and he now has Makhachev’s neck! Arman settles for a takedown and Makhachev is showing some incredible hips to avoid ending up on his back. (10-9 Tsarukyan)
Round 2: This is basically a grappling match so far in the second round. Both guys are looking for some sort of a dominant position in the clinch. Arman has a kimura and he brings Makhachev down to the mat with it. Makhachev recovers position though and takes side control. He just can’t keep Arman down though as they scramble back to the feet. Lots of grappling against the fence and working for dominants postitions. (10-9 Makhachev)
Round 3: Makhachev is looking for a takedown early. Arman seems to be getting a bit tired. Makhachev takes him down and he’s looking to take the back. Makhachev is controlling and wearing his opponent out. Much slower round than the first and second but that’s due to Arman fading… Makhachev is just ferocious and he won’t let Arman get any room here. (10-9 Makhachev) (29-28 Makhachev)
Result: Islam Makhachev def. Arman Tsarukyan via Unanimous Decision
Alistair Overeem vs. Alexei Oleinik (Heavyweight)
Round 1: Oleinik pulls guard to start the fight. Overeem stands up though and they’re back on the feet. Oleinik lands a big right hand! Overeem seems to be okay though and he lands a big knee! Oleinik lands another big right hand and follows it up with a flurry! Overeem lands a right hand of his own but Oleinik is pressuring him and landing big shots to the body. Overeem is clinching and landing some well-placed knees but Oleinik is taking the shots. Overeem lands a final knee in the clinch and Oleinik is down! Overeem lands a few shots on the ground and its over!
Result: Alistair Overeem def. Alexei Oleinik via TKO (Knees and Punches) Round 1, 4:45