Lengthy-time neck squeezer, Aleksei Oleinik, will struggle reverse major-handed “Black Beast,” Derrick Lewis, this Saturday (Aug. 8, 2020) at UFC Vegas 6 within UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I are unable to aid but recognize Oleinik’s UFC occupation. The Ukranian submission ace did not make his way into the Octagon right until the age of 37, now 60 specialist fights into his occupation. There were being undoubtedly some strong names on his history, but he by no means genuinely beat any present-day leading contenders, and there was no rationale to think Oleinik would all of a sudden come up as a contender. But he did! Oleinik is nonetheless not possible to combat for the title, but he’s picked up a lot of of the very best wins of his career over the age of 40, and he rides a two-battle earn streak into this match up.
Let us choose a nearer search at his talent established:
Oleinik is not a kickboxer. His total concentration is on dragging his foe to the mat and crushing the windpipe, the rest of his assault is decidedly significantly less polished, while there is even now some craft to his tactic.
Generally, Oleinik plods forward with his guard significant and chin down, on the lookout to action deep into difficult pictures prior to driving for a takedown. When pushing ahead, Oleinik is frequently in very good defensive posture — despite the fact that that changes at the time he starts winging shots. At initial, Oleinik will consider to whack opponents with a tough jab, but the Russian does most of his perform with an overhand and comply with up still left hook.
Not complicated, but Oleinik can set some stunning speed and power into his photographs (GIF).
Oleinik does do some exciting factors with his right hand. Often, he throws the overhand with his knuckles fully turned above, landing with the knuckles of his pinky and ring fingers. Recognised as a casting punch and rather prevalent between Russian fighters, this form of overhand can slip through the guard and also be utilised as a clinch entry.
Due to the fact his right hand normally has a appreciable arc, Oleinik will capitalize on that risk with the uppercut and human body photographs. In addition, Oleinik does a great task of pounding at the mid-part the second he and his opponent clinch. It is as basic as whacking his opponent continuously in the ribs with his suitable hand the 2nd they have interaction, but it is an effective procedure in building a struggle ugly and slowing opponents down.
Oleinik is not fearful to phase into the fireplace. In his fight with Mark Hunt, the Samoan was finding him apart with reduced kicks, but Oleinik stepped into the kick and fired back again every single time. Inevitably, a remaining hook linked at the rear of the ear, spectacular Hunt more than enough to generate an opening for the shot.
At the same time, Oleinik is 43 a long time aged. He’s tough, but a clean up shot will wobble him, and his all-offense assault can see him fatigue himself to the issue of vulnerability (as in the Alistair Overeem combat).
If Oleinik could regularly just take down the best fighters in the globe, he would be unstoppable. That is not the case, but Oleinik is surely an above-regular wrestler at Heavyweight.
Usually, Oleinik’s very first shift is to push for a takedown from the standing situation. To be frank, it not often works — his shot is not rapid more than enough to straightforward blast people off their feet. The good thing is, it serves the significant reason of transferring the exchange in the direction of the fence. Employing the fence to retain his opponent in location, Oleinik can hold on his foe and tire him out, possibly by constantly pushing for the double or walloping the system with his correct hand.
If Oleinik manages to get underneath his opponent and in on the hips, he’ll finish the shot (GIF).
If not, Oleinik will move to an higher entire body toss. For the Russian, this can be technological or pure toughness. The International Grasp of Sports activities in Sambo obviously understands what he is executing — he techniques deep into tosses, takes advantage of his hip to block well, and can threaten the toss from several distinctive positions. In some cases even though, Oleinik will simply grab the head and just test to jam his opponent into the mat.
Versus Hunt, Oleinik secured a miraculous very low single. Hunt attempted force the Russians head small and broke his posture before hoping to transform absent and escape. Fortunately for “The Boa Constrictor,” Hunt’s calves are approximately the measurement of a rotisserie ham, which produced it easier for Oleinik to dangle on. Hunt exposed his again with the attempted limp leg, letting Oleinik to climb up to superior place and entire the takedown from the again clinch.
Opposite Maurice Greene, Oleinik manufactured it unsightly by actually dragging his opponent down from the back again clinch. It may well not have been technological get the job done when Oleinik pulled his foe straight again and on major of him (GIF), but both of those adult men had been tired, and Oleinik reliable in his grappling to land in major position.
He was right!
A fourth-diploma black belt with an crazy 46 submission victories on his report, Oleinik’s moniker “Boa Constrictor” is perhaps the most proper in all of MMA. The mix of an 80 inch achieve, immense bodily toughness, and effectively-about 20 several years of experience can make Oleinik an absurdly harmful man on the mat.
Oleinik has some armbars and heel hooks on his record, and I’m confident he’s greater than 99% of Heavyweights at those people submissions, but his video game is commonly all about the choke. Oleinik’s squeeze is the stuff of legends, as he appears to be able to create an unmatched amount of compression with his arms. The final result is uncommon finishes and submissions from odd angles, items generally not probable for most grapplers.
His latest rear bare choke victories more than Travis Browne and Mark Hunt are superior examples, notably the Browne complete. Nevertheless undoubtedly a rear bare choke, the place was certainly erroneous for the common end. Oleinik was not powering Browne — that’s the “rear” element — he was on his side. In addition, Oleinik’s prime hand is in a situation wherever Browne can grab it, generally a flaw that will make finishing the submission a lot more difficult, specially due to the fact the choking arm was not just beneath the chin. Towards a standard grappler, every single of those people difficulties will make the finish much less very likely, and all with each other practically not possible.
Meanwhile, Oleinik had no dilemma securing the tap. Oh, and he also squeezed the hell out of Browne’s belly with his legs, furthering that “Boa Constrictor” analogy. Towards Hunt, Oleinik was a bit much more driving the Samoan, but he also grew to become the to start with fighter to choke the thick neck of Hunt from that funky angle (GIF).
The Ezekiel choke is an additional very rare submission in the earth of MMA. It is practically fully utilized in the gi, normally from best placement. Oleinik, meanwhile, has a dozen of them on his document and usually finishes the choke from his again (GIF). Employing a rear bare choke grip from the front of his opponent, the arms switch capabilities. Rather than pulling into the neck with 1 arm and using the other to protect the choke, the Ezekiel sees the arm wrapped around the head entice an opponent in spot. From there, the other hand snakes into the throat and crushes.
It’s an Oleinik signature, one particular that can hardly be discussed by purpose. It is absolutely not going to turn into commonly replicated by some others.
A different traditional Oleinik position is the scarf-hold head lock. It’s truly the typical wrestling head lock, as Oleinik hooks his foe’s head from aspect management then sits out. As he yanks on the head, Oleinik leans backwards, placing all of his pounds on the diaphragm. The mix of the head force and chest compression makes it pretty complicated to breathe — as well as just frequently uncomfortable! — and this submission is a further shift that only Oleinik scores with any regularity.
Finally, Oleinik’s most modern tapout arrived opposite Greene. After failing to entirely crush Greene with the aforementioned neck crank, Oleinik climbed higher into the mount in the 2nd spherical. After a maintain on Greene’s arm was secured, Oleinik dragged his leg throughout the encounter in advance of slipping tummy down. It was comparable in execution to an S-mount armbar, but the base line is this: Oleinik latched onto the arm with all 4 of his limbs, clinging quite like a snake to sooner or later prolong and power the submission (GIF).
Oleinik is deservedly rated among the the 10 ideal Heavyweights in the entire world, for the reason that he mostly beats the fighters who attempt to choose his place. His tries to climb that ladder even further have not gone that very well total, but he’ll at the time all over again give it a go by striving to grow to be the initial guy to submit Derrick Lewis.
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Andrew Richardson, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, is a qualified fighter who trains at Workforce Alpha Male in Sacramento, California. In addition to learning together with planet-course expertise, Andrew has scouted opponents and formulated winning strategies for quite a few of the sport’s most elite fighters.