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Aleksei Oleinik scheduled to collide with Curtis Blaydes at UFC 217



By Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)

(NY City, New York)  On November 4, 2017, UFC 217 will be coming to Madison Square Garden in New York City.  UFC 217 is bringing an explosive main card to ‘The Big Apple’. Among this extraordinary lineup is the heavyweight matchup between Aleksei (Alexey) Oleinik and Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes.

Blaydes posted news of the fight himself via Facebook, which was confirmed to MMA Latest by his management team. Rumors of the fight began on MMA Today, which was later made official when the UFC announced the fight along with many others.

Oleinik is forty years of age and hails from Moscow, Russia.  He is an accomplished veteran mixed martial artist with a professional career that reaches as far back as the late 1990’s. He is currently ranked 11th in the world and brings an enormous amount of fight experience into the cage.  Oleinik is known as ‘The Boa Constrictor’ due to winning forty-five of his fifty-two victories by submission.  ‘The Boa Constrictor’ is coming off a big win in July of 2017 over tough heavyweight Travis Brown.  Oleinik finished Brown with a rear naked choke in round two.  Oleinik’s last loss was July of 2016 against Daniel Omielanczuk by way of majority decision.  He had put together an impressive eleven fight win streak that spanned a two and a half year period, prior to the loss against Omielanczuk.

Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes will be entering the cage with a professional MMA record of 7 – 1 (1-NC).  He is ranked 15th among world heavyweights.  The ‘Razor’ is fourteen years younger and will have a sizable height and weight advantage over the Russian.

“Curtis will have twenty – thirty pounds on him (Oleinik), Curtis is a wrestling national champion who can bench press five hundred pounds,” explains Rick Guerrero of Mata Leon Sports Management to MMA Latest.  “Aleksei is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter.  We will avoid the takedown and focus on the striking,” continues ‘Razor’ Blaydes manager.

It will be important to keep it a stand-up fight in order for Blaydes to gain a favorable outcome.  ‘Razor’ is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC 213 in July of 2017.  Blaydes – Oleinik has the makings to be an interesting contest.  The fight appears to be a classic battle between experience and youthful strength.  Seasoned fighter versus rising star.  There is no doubt the winner will climb closer to the UFC heavyweight top ten.

Current UFC 217 Fight card:

  • (185 lbs) Middleweight – (C) Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping (30-7) vs. Georges St-Pierre (25-2) *UFC Middleweight Championship*
  • (135 lbs) Bantamweight – (C) Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt (11-0) vs. #2 T.J. Dillashaw (15-3) *UFC Bantamweight Championship*
  • (170 lbs) Welterweight – Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson (13-1-1) vs. Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal (32-12)
  • (185 lbs) Middleweight – Johny ‘Bigg Rigg’ Hendricks (18-7) vs. Paulo Henrique Costa (10-0)
  • (265 lbs) Heavyweight – #11 Aleksei ‘The Boa Constrictor’ Oleinik (52-10-1) vs. Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes (7-1) 1-NC
  • (205 lbs) Light Heavyweight – #8 Corey ‘Overtime’ Anderson (10-3) vs. #12 Patrick Cummins (10-4)
  • (205 lbs) Light Heavyweight – #15 Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-4) vs. Ion ‘The Hulk’ Cutelaba (13-3) 1-NC
  • (135 lbs) Bantamweight – Ricardo Lucas Ramos (10-1) vs. Aiemann Zahabi (7-0)
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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results



The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:


  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1


  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2


  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando



The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem



Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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