Mark Hunt vs. Aleksei Oleinik official as Moscow's UFC Fight Night 136 headliner

The (new) main event is set for UFC Fight Night 136, which marks the UFC’s debut in Russia.

As previously reported, Mark Hunt (13-12-1 MMA, 8-6-1 UFC) has replaced former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (23-8-1 MMA, 11-5 UFC), who’s sidelined by a potential doping violation, and now fights Aleksei Oleinik (56-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

UFC officials today made a formal announcement of not-so-secret news (via Twitter):

UFC Fight Night 136 takes place Sept. 15 at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Hunt, No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, enters the event with just one victory in his past four fights. The 44-year-old Australia-based New Zealander is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221 in February. A bout prior, he scored a “Fight of the Night” bonus for his TKO win over Derrick Lewis.

Oleinik gets a hometown fight and will surely be the crowd favorite. The 40-year-old submission ace scored another rare Ezekiel-choke finish in his most recent bout, which came against Junior Albini in May. He’s now on a 3-1 run with 14 victories in his past 16 fights. Of his 56 career wins, 44 have come via submission and eight via knockout

The latest UFC Fight Night 136 card includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. C.B. Dollaway
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Terrion Ware

For more on UFC Fight Night 136, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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