UFC Fight Night 149: UFC Fight Night 149 will see the Ultimate Fighting Championship fight promotion make their way over to Russia, in Saint Petersburg.
UFC Fight Night 149 card takes place at the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg. The main card is set for 1 p.m. ET. Oleinik (57-11), the UFC’s No. 9-ranked heavyweight.
The main event of the night will see Alistair Overeem return to try and make something of his last win, and extend it into a winning run. He will be in an uphill battle against hometown favourite, Alexey Oleinik.
The co-main event will see Marcelo Golm return to snap out of his losing streak against another hometown favourite — Sergey Pavlovich.
Shamil Abdurakhimov will be featuring on the card as well, as he battles for supremacy against the ever-resilient Marcin Tybura. The fighter has an impressive record, with two consecutive wins in his last fights, as he defeated the likes of Andrei Arlovski, as well as Chase Sherman. Now getting ready for his next fight, Shamil Abdurakhimov is looking to make his mark on the roster.
I had the chance to catch up with Shamil Abdurakhimov and pose a few questions before his fight against Marcin Tybura.
On Saturday, the UFC visits St. Petersburg, Russia, for the first time when it presents UFC Fight Night 149 from Yubileyniy Arena. The main event of the card features a matchup between veteran heavyweight competitors, Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik.
Overeem and Oleinik have combined for 131 MMA fights. A shockingly high number of those contests have ended in stoppage victories. Throughout his career, Overeem, who has held titles with DREAM and Strikeforce and fought for the UFC belt, has won 39 fights by stoppage (22 knockouts, 17 submissions),
While Oleinik has won 53 contests by stoppage (eight knockouts, 45 submissions). Oleinik is the only fighter to have won a UFC bout by way of Ezekiel choke. He’s used that rare submission hold to win two of his UFC outings.