|Born||Oleksíy Oleksíyovych Olíynyk|
June 25, 1977
Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Native name||Uk: Олексі́й Олексі́йович Олі́йник|
Ru: Алексей Алексеевич Олейник
|Other names||The Boa Constrictor|
|Residence||Parkland, Florida, United States|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)|
|Reach||80 in (200 cm)|
|Style||Combat Sambo, Jujutsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Moscow, Russia|
|Team||K-Dojo Warrior Tribe (current)|
American Top Team (current)
Team Oplot (founder)
Red Devil Sport Club (former)
|Rank||International Master of Sports in Combat Sambo|
4th degree black belt in Jujutsu Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Liborio
|Years active||1997–1999, 2001, 2004–present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Alexey Alexeyevich Oleynik (born June 25, 1977, as Oleksíy Oleksíyovych Olíynyk) is a Ukrainian-born Russian mixed martial artist, combat sambist and jujitsuka currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, competing in their heavyweight division. He began his professional fighting career in 1997, and is a veteran of M-1 Global, ProFC and IAFC and has competed for Bellator, KSW and YAMMA Pit Fighting. He is the only fighter to win a UFC fight via Ezekiel choke, and has done so twice. Oleynik also holds the record for most Ezekiel choke wins in MMA competition, with twelve. As of February 18, 2019, he is ranked #9 in official UFC heavyweight rankings.
During his training camp with K-Dojo Warrior Tribe in April 2011, Oleynik participated in two Grappling tournaments, he won the Absolute division in an Eddie Alvarez hosted grappling tournament, and also won the Men's black belt No-Gi Advanced Superweight (210 lbs and over) division in the Grapplers Quest "Beast of the East 2011" tournament.
Mixed martial arts career
Oleynik represented Russia for the Imperial Team in the M-1 Challenge 2009 season, where he defeated Sang Soo Lee. Alexey has highly regarded submission grappling skills which he developed from his background in training in traditional Japanese jujutsu and competition in Combat Sambo. He fought Robin Gracie trained Spanish BJJ black belt Rogent Lloret in a fight that ended in a draw. After his loss to Chris Tuchscherer he went 12 fights without a loss. That streak came to a halt when he lost via TKO in the first round against Michal Kita at the ProFC Heavyweight Grand Prix 2009.
In the summer of 2010, under the tutelage of K-Dojo Head Coach Murat Keshtov, Oleynik participated in the inaugural heavyweight tournament for Bellator Fighting Championships. He faced Mike Hayes in the opening round and won the match via split decision.
In his next bout he was stopped in the semi finals by Neil Grove. He lost via TKO, referee stopped the fight at 0:45 of the opening round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In November 2013 Oleynik announced that he signed a contract with the UFC, and was expected to face Jared Rosholt on January 25, 2014, at UFC on Fox 10. However, Oleynik was forced out of the bout with an injury and Rosholt was pulled from the card altogether.
In his debut, Oleynik faced fellow newcomer Anthony Hamilton on June 28, 2014, at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens. He won the fight via scarf hold headlock submission early in the first round.
The rescheduled bout with Jared Rosholt took place on November 22, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 57. Oleynik won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Oleynik his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
In an interview on September 9, 2015, Oleynik indicated that he had been sidelined by multiple knee surgeries and subsequent rehabilitation. Oleynik said he has no intention of retiring and expects a possible return sometime in the middle of 2016.
Oleynik next faced Viktor Pešta on January 15, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 103. He won the fight in the first round via Ezekiel choke, the first in UFC history and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus. In unbelievable circumstances, it was executed while in Pešta's "full mount" position, where it is very rarely seen executed without the usage of a 'gi.
Oleynik faced Travis Browne on July 8, 2017, at UFC 213. He dropped Browne with a right hook in the first round and showed his superior grappling when he won the fight via submission, due to a rear-naked choke (with a modified grip and without a complete full back mount) in the second round.
Oleynik faced Curtis Blaydes on November 4, 2017, at UFC 217. The referee stopped the fight in the second round after Blaydes delivered an illegal kick to a downed opponent and called a doctor to check on Oleynik. The fight was stopped due to the doctor's advice. The replay, however, showed the strike did not deliver significant damage (as it only grazed the ear), and the fight was ruled a TKO win for Blaydes.
Oleynik faced Júnior Albini on May 12, 2018, at UFC 224. He won the fight in the first round via Ezekiel choke, marking his second win via this rare choke in the UFC. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Oleynik was briefly linked to a bout with Fabrício Werdum on September 15, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 136. However on May 22, Werdum was flagged for a potential USADA doping violation and his status moving forward is unknown. Oleynik instead faced Mark Hunt on the card. He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round. This marked Oleynik's 45th submission win in his MMA career. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Oleynik was expected to face Walt Harris on May 4, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 150. On April 3, 2019 news surfaced that he was withdrawn from the bout in order to headline UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Overeem against Alistair Overeem after Alexander Volkov had to withdraw.
Oleynik is married and has 5 children between the ages of 2 to 16. He and his family moved to Florida in December 2016. The eldest of which, Polina, attends Stoneman Douglas High School, and was present at the school during the mass shooting but was unharmed.
He is a naturalised Russian citizen, and expressed support towards Russia following its 2014 military intervention in Ukraine, and wore a shirt with Putin's face and was denied entry to Ukraine.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
- 2007 KSW 8 Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- M-1 Global
- 2004 Middleweight Russia Cup Tournament Winner
- 2008 ProFC 4 President's Cup Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- 2008 ProFC 3 Heavyweight Grand Prix Runner-Up
- International Absolute Fighting Council
- 2006 Russia Cup Light heavyweight Tournament Winner
- 2009 Mayor's Cup Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- Perm Region MMA Federation
- 2007 Professional MMA Cup Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- Other tournaments
- 2007 Yaroslavl Open Championship Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- 1996 Minamoto Cup Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts
- WCMMA Heavyweight Championship (One time; first; last)
- MMA Mania
- MMA Weekly
- World Combat Sambo Federation
- Combat Sambo Federation of Russia
- Grapplers Quest
- 2011 Black belt No-Gi Advanced Superweight (210 lbs ) Tournament Winner
- Eddie Alvarez Grappling Tournament
- 2011 Absolute Division Tournament Winner
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|70 matches||57 wins||12 losses|
|Loss||57–12–1||Alistair Overeem||TKO (knees and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Oleinik||April 20, 2019||1||4:45||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||57–11–1||Mark Hunt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oleinik||September 15, 2018||1||4:26||Moscow, Russia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||56–11–1||Júnior Albini||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||UFC 224||May 12, 2018||1||1:45||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||55–11–1||Curtis Blaydes||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 217||November 4, 2017||2||1:56||New York City, New York, United States|
|Win||55–10–1||Travis Browne||Submission (neck crank)||UFC 213||July 8, 2017||2||3:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||54–10–1||Viktor Pešta||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn||January 15, 2017||1||2:57||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||53–10–1||Daniel Omielańczuk||Decision (majority)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||July 13, 2016||3||5:00||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||53–9–1||Jared Rosholt||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson||November 22, 2014||1||3:21||Austin, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||52–9–1||Anthony Hamilton||Submission (scarf-hold headlock)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens||June 28, 2014||1||2:18||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Win||51–9–1||Mirko Cro Cop||Submission (scarf-hold headlock)||Legend Fight Show 2||November 8, 2013||1||4:42||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||50–9–1||Dion Staring||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||ProFC 50||October 16, 2013||1||1:41||Rostov, Russia|
|Win||49–9–1||Jeff Monson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Oplot Challenge 54||June 20, 2013||2||2:12||Kharkiv, Ukraine|
|Win||48–9–1||Tony Lopez||Submission (triangle choke)||Oplot Challenge 53||April 20, 2013||3||3:19||Kharkiv, Ukraine|
|Win||47–9–1||Leo Pla||TKO (punches)||Oplot Challenge 43||March 16, 2013||1||2:56||Kharkiv, Ukraine|
|Win||46–9–1||Martin Hudey||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Oplot Challenge 12||November 10, 2012||1||1:48||Kharkiv, Ukraine|
|Win||45–9–1||Mike Stewart||Submission (scarf-hold headlock)||WCMMA 1||September 15, 2012||2||1:03||Ledyard, Connecticut, United States||Won the WCMMA Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||44–9–1||Jerry Otto||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||SK Oplot 2||May 13, 2012||1||2:20||Kharkiv, Ukraine|
|Win||43–9–1||Sergey Terezinov||Submission (armbar)||SK Oplot 1||March 25, 2012||1||1:05||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||42–9–1||Jeff Monson||Decision (split)||M-1 Challenge 31||March 16, 2012||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||42–8–1||Magomed Malikov||TKO (punches)||Fight Star||July 22, 2011||1||2:39||Anapa, Russia|
|Win||42–7–1||Ernest Kostanyan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Razdolie Cup||June 26, 2011||1||1:22||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||41–7–1||Neil Grove||TKO (body kick and punches)||Bellator 29||September 16, 2010||1||0:45||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final.|
|Win||41–6–1||Mike Hayes||Decision (split)||Bellator 26||August 26, 2010||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round.|
|Loss||40–6–1||Michał Kita||TKO (punches)||IAFC: Mayor's Cup 2009||November 28, 2009||1||1:17||Saint Petersburg, Russia||IAFC Mayor's Cup Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||40–5–1||Thiago dos Santos||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||4:22|
|Win||39–5–1||Eddy Bengtsson||Submission (punches)||2||1:55|
|Draw||38–5–1||Rogent Lloret||Draw (unanimous)||M-1 Global: Breakthrough||August 28, 2009||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||38–5||Lee Sang-Soo||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||M-1 Challenge 12: USA||February 21, 2009||2||4:27||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Win||37–5||Jessie Gibbs||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||M-1 Challenge 11: 2009 Challenge Finals||January 11, 2009||2||3:42||Amstelveen, Netherlands|
|Win||36–5||Islam Dadalov||TKO (punches)||ProFC 4: President's Cup||October 25, 2008||1||2:33||Grozny, Russia||Won the ProFC 4 President's Cup Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||35–5||Abdülhalik Magomedov||Submission (heel hook)||1||0:48|
|Win||34–5||Telman Sherifov||Submission (guillotine choke)||ProFC 3: Heavyweight Grand Prix||October 4, 2008||1||1:25||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won the ProFC 3 Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.|
|Win||33–5||Oleg Kutepov||Submission (inverted armbar)||1||1:21|
|Win||32–5||Magomedbag Agaev||Submission (scarf-hold armlock)||1||3:47|
|Loss||31–5||Konstantyn Stryzhak||TKO (punches)||CSFU: Champions League||September 13, 2008||1||4:20||Poltava, Ukraine|
|Win||31–4||Makasharip Makasharipov||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Win||30–4||Alexander Timonov||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||M-1 Challenge 4: Battle on the Neva 2||June 27, 2008||1||1:09||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||29–4||Daniel Dowda||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 9||May 9, 2008||2||5:00||Warsaw, Poland||209 lb. bout.|
|Loss||28–4||Chris Tuchscherer||Decision (unanimous)||YAMMA Pit Fighting||April 11, 2008||1||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||YAMMA Pit Fighting Semi-Final.|
|Win||28–3||Sherman Pendergarst||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||1||4:18|
|Win||27–3||Gela Getsadze||TKO (punches)||Yaroslavl Open Championship 2007||December 14, 2007||1||1:48||Yaroslavl, Russia|
|Win||26–3||Ishkhan Zakharian||Submission (armbar)||1||2:56|
|Win||25–3||Andrey Oleinik||Submission (heel hook)||1||1:30|
|Win||24–3||Timur Gasanov||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||Perm Region MMA Federation: Cup of Professional MMA||November 23, 2007||1||1:19||Perm, Russia||Won the Professional MMA Cup Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||23–3||Alavutdin Gadzhiyev||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||1||0:46|
|Win||22–3||Adlan Amagov||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||1||1:00|
|Win||21–3||Krzysztof Kułak||Submission (bulldog choke)||KSW 8||November 10, 2007||1||2:50||Warsaw, Poland||Won the KSW 8 Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||20–3||Karol Bedorf||Submission (triangle choke)||1||1:03|
|Win||19–3||Lukasz Wos||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||0:50|
|Win||18–3||Shamil Nurmagomedov||Submission (Ezekiel choke)||Legion Fight 1||October 20, 2007||1||N/A||Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
|Loss||17–3||Chael Sonnen||Decision (unanimous)||BodogFight||December 2, 2006||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||17–2||Ishkhan Zakharian||Submission (triangle choke)||Legion Fight: Black Sea Cup||August 15, 2006||1||1:21||Anapa, Russia|
|Win||16–2||Vladimir Rudakov||Submission (triangle choke)||IAFC: Cup of Russia in Professional Pankration||April 14, 2006||1||2:41||Novosibirsk, Russia||Won the IAFC Pankration Russia Cup Final.|
|Win||15–2||Magomed Sultanakhmedov||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||1||0:35|
|Win||14–2||Shavkat Urakov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||0:41|
|Loss||13–2||Flavio Luiz Moura||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1: Middleweight Grand Prix||October 9, 2004||1||1:11||Saint Petersburg, Russia||M-1 Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.|
|Win||13–1||Marcelo Alfaya||Decision (unanimous)||2||5:00|
|Win||12–1||Azred Telkusheev||Submission (heel hook)||M-1 Middleweight Russia Cup||August 27, 2004||1||0:38||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Won the M-1 Middleweight Russia Cup Final.|
|Win||11–1||Ubaidula Chopolaev||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||0:48|
|Win||10–1||Ramin Tagiev||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||2:03|
|Win||9–1||Igor Bondarenko||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Land of Peresvit||December 7, 2001||1||2:03||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Win||8–1||Gennadiy Matsigora||Submission (triangle choke)||1||2:25|
|Win||7–1||Gennadiy Matsigora||Submission (armbar)||InterPride 1999||May 16, 1999||1||2:03||Kharkiv, Ukraine|
|Win||6–1||Vladimir Malyshev||TKO (punches)||1||2:30|
|Win||5–1||Clarence Thatch||Submission (punches)||International Super Challenge 1998||March 16, 1998||1||3:43||Kiev, Ukraine|
|Loss||4–1||Leonid Efremov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||IAFC: Absolute Fighting Championship 2||April 30, 1997||1||2:48||Moscow, Russia||IAFC Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final.|
|Win||4–0||Igor Akinin||Submission (guillotine choke)||1||N/A|
|Win||3–0||Artem Kondratko||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Minamoto Cup: Ukraine Open No Holds Barred Championship||Nov 10, 1996||1||4:09||Kharkiv, Ukraine||Won the Minamoto Cup Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||2–0||Sergey Zalikhvatko||TKO (punches)||1||1:52|
|Win||1–0||Alexandr Kruglenko||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:06|
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