UFC Reportedly Holding Russian Stadium Show In April

The UFC will be returning to Russia in 2019, but this time it will be inside a much bigger stadium. This past September, the UFC made their debut in Russia with a card headlined by Mark Hunt and Alexey Oleinik. Oleinik defeated Hunt via first-round sub…

The UFC will be returning to Russia in 2019, but this time it will be inside a much bigger stadium. This past September, the UFC made their debut in Russia with a card headlined by Mark Hunt and Alexey Oleinik. Oleinik defeated Hunt via first-round submission by way of rear-naked choke. The show took place from […]

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UFC Set For Russian Stadium Event In 2019

The UFC is set for a Russian stadium event later this year. UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovksi’s manager, Anton Glazyri, revealed to Russian news site TASS that “The next fight for Andrei Arlovski will be held in St. Petersburg. Who will be a rival is still unknown.” MMA Team Dagestan, a Twitter account known to break […]

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The UFC is set for a Russian stadium event later this year.

UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovksi’s manager, Anton Glazyri, revealed to Russian news site TASS that “The next fight for Andrei Arlovski will be held in St. Petersburg. Who will be a rival is still unknown.”

MMA Team Dagestan, a Twitter account known to break stories out of Russia, reports that the show will be held at the new Gazprom Arena on April 20th.

The venue can hold over 65,000 people for World Cup soccer games, and could possibly hold over 80,000 people for a UFC event:

In September 2018, the UFC made its debut in Russia with UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik. The show went down from the Olympic Stadium in Moscow which housed 22,603 fans. Oleinik submitted Hunt in the main event via first-round rear-naked choke.

Unfortunately, Russia’s biggest star, Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be unlikely for the card. He is currently awaiting punishment from his involvement in October’s post-UFC 229 brawl. The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) could suspend Khabib for up to two years.

Of course, Russia doesn’t operate within the United States commission system, so the UFC could book Khabib for the card if they wanted to. The UFC has never pulled off such a move, however, so that’s unlikely.

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Dan Hardy Destroys Herb Dean For UFC Moscow Late Stoppage

Rising UFC middleweight Merab Dvalishvili put on a brutal showing against a respected veteran at last week’s (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Fight Night 136 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. But he didn’t just beat longtime fighter CB Dollaway at the UFC’s debut in Russia. No, he floored him and absolutely rained down one […]

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Rising UFC middleweight Merab Dvalishvili put on a brutal showing against a respected veteran at last week’s (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Fight Night 136 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

But he didn’t just beat longtime fighter CB Dollaway at the UFC’s debut in Russia. No, he floored him and absolutely rained down one of the most one-sided beatings the Octagon has unfortunately ever witnessed. Dvalishvili was only doing his job, however, the true fault of the fight was on referee Herb Dean.

Dean let Dvalishvili land countless shots on a turtled Dolloway who was making no effort to defend himself whatsoever. Dan Hardy, who was cageside calling the fights, pleaded for longtime official Dean to stop, yet he would not answer. He finally stepped in to call off the fight in a strange scene. The comparisons to disgraced ref Mario Yamasaki for the inexplicable decision had already begun, however.

Hardy appeared on this week’s episode of The MMA Hour to detail his opinion of Dean’s jaw-dropping negligence. The former welterweight title contender offered his respect for the longtime official, but also insisted the fight was over:

“It’s difficult to criticize Herb Dean because he’s refereed me before and he’s been excellent. He’s had an excellent career as a referee so far. I mean, I don’t know what went wrong, to be honest. For me and I think for everyone in the arena who starts to boo, I think we all saw the fight was over.”

“The Outlaw” then went in Dean a bit more, adding that he did Dolloway a disservice by letting him take so many shots:

“I feel like Herb did him a disservice there,” Hardy said. “He could have saved him from at least 10 seconds of punches. He was curled up on his side, then he moved belly down, and for me, that’s too many, when they’re belly down, they’re done.”

Hardy admitted that Dolloway was a warrior, but the fight had reached a point where he had nothing left to give. At said point, Hardy believed, it was the ref’s job to save the fighter from themselves:

“I watched the fight back today and I think it was 26 seconds before the end of the round, I said something about Dollaway, fatigue had taken over and he had not a lot to give,” Hardy said. “He was trying to fight back he’s a warrior, he wouldn’t give up. I always appreciate a guy who will take a beating until the referee stops it, but that’s what the referee is for is to save the fighters from themselves and from their ego and pride.”

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Aleksei Oleinik vs. Mark Hunt Full Fight Video Highlights

Longtime heavyweight veterans Aleksei Oleinik and Mark Hunt put on a rousing one-round showcase in the main event of today’s (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Fight Night 136 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Oleinik picked up his amazing 45th submission victory with an impressive rear-naked choke of Hunt in the final minute of the opening […]

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Longtime heavyweight veterans Aleksei Oleinik and Mark Hunt put on a rousing one-round showcase in the main event of today’s (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Fight Night 136 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Oleinik picked up his amazing 45th submission victory with an impressive rear-naked choke of Hunt in the final minute of the opening frame. It wasn’t without some major adversity, however, as Oleinik took a ton of damage from the notoriously hard-hitting Hunt early.

‘The Super Samoan’ landed some monster low kicks on Oleinik that badly bruised and battered his leg. Then Hunt’s feared striking power came into play when he landed a clean straight that Oleinik somehow stayed upright after absorbing:

Oleinik came back with a power left of his own shortly thereafter that wobbled Hunt:

As expected, Oleinik then attempted to take the fight to the ground and exercise his glaring area of strength.

Hunt defended the initial takedown attempt, but Oleinik eventually drug “The Super Samoan” to the mat, took his back, and stopped the action with a rear-naked choke:

The Russian vet was all respect after his biggest-ever win, bowing to his infamous opponent:

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Aleksei Oleinik Submits Mark Hunt In Frenetic UFC Moscow Main Event

Replacing suspended former champion Fabricio Werdum, fan favorite slugger Mark Hunt met Russian submission expert Aleksei Oleinik in the main event of today’s (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Fight Night 136 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The 44-year-old Hunt came into the fight having lost two of his last three to Curtis Blaydes and Alistair […]

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Replacing suspended former champion Fabricio Werdum, fan favorite slugger Mark Hunt met Russian submission expert Aleksei Oleinik in the main event of today’s (Sat., Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Fight Night 136 from Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

The 44-year-old Hunt came into the fight having lost two of his last three to Curtis Blaydes and Alistair Overeem with a TKO win over Derrick Lewis sandwiched in between. Oleinik, on the other hand, had won three of his previous UFC bouts by submission, including two by his now-famous Ezekiel Choke. He, too, had lost to surging challenger Blaydes.

The competitors were two of the most seasoned vets in all of the UFC, with an insane 95 professional bouts between them (not including Hunt’s extensive kickboxing resumé).

But they couldn’t have been more polar opposites in terms of style. With Hunt one of the UFC’s most powerful strikers and Oleinik an expert grappler, the stage was set with a classic striker vs. grappler match for the main event of the UFC’s debut on Russian soil. The bout promised to be a potentially explosive – or possibly subdued – main event in Moscow. It turned out to be the former.

Round One:

The headliner began with a strong low kick from Hunt. Oleinik answered with a glancing right hand over the top. He snapped a push kick to Hunt’s knee and the Samoan missed on a punch. Hunt slapped a leg kick and avoided a looping shot from Oleinik. Hunt then landed a huge punch that Oleinik somehow stayed upright from.

The leg kicks kept scoring from Hunt. He scored with a left hook. Oleinik’s left leg was badly bruised and battered from the leg kicks. Hunt scored a right hand as a hindered Oleinik rushed in. But then the tide turned. Oleinik landed some hard shots of his own and wobbled Hunt. Oleinik shot for a takedown that Hunt first avoided, but the Russian persevered to ground “The Super Samoan” and take his back. Oleinik sought a rear-naked choke and locked it on tight, earning the immediate tap from Hunt.

Amazing performance from “The Boa Constrictor,” who earned an incredible 45th submission win of his career by surviving some big damage from Hunt early on.

Final Result: Aleksei Oleinik def. Mark Hunt via R1 submission (rear-naked choke, 4:26)

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Andrei Arlovski Storms Out Of Russian Interview After Getting Clowned

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski isn’t exactly happy with how he’s been promoted by a certain Russian media outlet. The Belarusian brawler, who’s called the United States his home for some time now, recently appeared on a Russian show only to see them introduce him with a video of him being knocked out by […]

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski isn’t exactly happy with how he’s been promoted by a certain Russian media outlet.

The Belarusian brawler, who’s called the United States his home for some time now, recently appeared on a Russian show only to see them introduce him with a video of him being knocked out by Alistair Overeem.

Arlovski will face Shamil Abdurakhimov at Saturday’s (Sept. 15, 2018) UFC Moscow, the promotion’s debut on Russian soil. He was feeling a bit of favoritism in this media appearance.

In the video, Arlovski calls out the show for rooting for Russian fighters:

“We are live, right? OK, let’s just stop this interview. You are rooting only for the Russian fighters. Thank you, good bye.”

The former champ has seen better days in his decorated UFC career, having lost six of his last eight pro MMA bouts.

But it’s a bit misleading as well, as he only recently lost a close decision to Tai Tuivasa ar June’s UFC 225. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak, something he’ll be looking to rekindle in Moscow this weekend.

When he does, it doesn’t seem like he’ll have the backing of the Russian media behind him.

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