UFC St. Petersburg Prelim Breakout Star: Michał Oleksiejczuk

UFC St. Petersburg Prelim Breakout Star: Michał Oleksiejczuk

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UFC St. Petersburg Prelim Breakout Star: Michał Oleksiejczuk

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Feb 23, 2019; Prague, Czech Republic; Michal Oleksiejczuk (blue gloves) defeats Gian Villante (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at 02 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

The Prelim Breakout Star is a once per event article that helps fans get to know those who will be entertaining them from the undercard. The intention of the article is not to bring attention to the most talented fighter on the preliminary card, but rather one that the common fan may have overlooked or underestimated.

 

When the UFC heads to far away nations, the cards tend to get filled with a lot of names that you may not have heard, and may not even know how to say. While this one isn’t the easiest off your tongue, it is one you should get used to saying.

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Michał Oleksiejczuk

Nickname – Lord
Affiliation – GKS Gornik Leczna MMA
From – Barki, Poland
Height – 6’0″
Weight – 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight)
Record – 13-2 (1-0, 1 NC UFC)

 

What makes him impressive

Oleksiejczuk has only stepped into the UFC cage twice, but the level of opponent he has handled has been top notch. After beating down Khalil Rountree for three rounds, Oleksiejczuk took out tough veteran Gian Villante with a body shot. Those power shots are fairly typical of an Oleksiejczuk fight, although he prefers shots from ground and pound over the standing work.

 

Why he has been overlooked

Although he has two fights that he dominated in the UFC, they were well spaced apart. However, the two and a half years he’s been in the UFC with only two fights is really just the beginning of why some people aren’t sold on him yet. The biggest reason is that he popped positive from a USADA test, voiding his win over Rountree. That’s left some hoping he loses and others unsure of how he would bounce back. He seemed to answer the latter half of that against Villante.

 

What makes this a good match-up

Gadzhimurad Antigulov had a lot of hype following him after a 2-0 start in the UFC. However, he quickly showed that if he is not able to hold his opponent down, he’ll have trouble. Being that Oleksiejczuk is such a tough wrestler, I somehow doubt that Antigulov is going to have any significant amount of time in top control. On the contrary, I expect him to get beat at his own game.

 

Prelim Breakout Star Record: 169-72-1 (2 NC) (6 DNF)

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