UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik

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UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik
Lewis vs. Oleinik.jpeg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik.
Information
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateAugust 8, 2020 (2020-08-08)
VenueUFC APEX
CityLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
AttendanceNone (behind closed doors)[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier 3

UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik (also known as UFC Fight Night 174, UFC on ESPN+ 32 and UFC Vegas 6) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 8, 2020 at the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.[2]

Background[edit]

A heavyweight bout between former UFC Heavyweight Championship challenger Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik took place as the event headliner.[2]

A women's bantamweight bout between former UFC Women's Flyweight Champion Nicco Montaño and Julia Avila was originally scheduled for the event.[3] However, due to Montaño's coach John Wood testing positive for COVID-19, the bout was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Sakai.[4]

A women's bantamweight bout between Ketlen Vieira and former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion and UFC Women's Featherweight Championship challenger Yana Kunitskaya was originally scheduled for a week earlier at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan. However, it eventually moved to this event instead.[5] Subsequently, Vieira was removed from the card on July 30 due to visa issues and was replaced by returning veteran and the current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Julija Stoliarenko.[6] Vieira is expected to face a different opponent at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira on September 12.[7]

A heavyweight bout between Sergei Pavlovich and Ciryl Gane was expected to take place at this event.[8] However, Pavlovich pulled out on July 15 due to an old knee injury that requires surgery. He was replaced by Shamil Abdurakhimov and the bout moved to UFC 253.[9] Gane and Abdurakhimov were originally scheduled for UFC 249, but Gane was forced to pull out of the event after he was struck by a pneumothorax in training.[10] Subsequently, the bout would be rescheduled for UFC 251.[11] However, it was then cancelled a second time as Abdurakhimov was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons.[8]

A featherweight bout between Steve Garcia and Peter Barrett was scheduled for the event. However, Garcia withdrew from the bout for an undisclosed reason on July 25 and was replaced by Youssef Zalal.[12]

A couple of fights, including a women's strawweight bout between Nadia Kassem and Miranda Granger, as well as a featherweight bout between Alex Caceres and Giga Chikadze were expected to take place at this event. However, they never made it to the final card due to unknown reasons.[13][14]

At the weigh-ins, Beneil Dariush and Laureano Staropoli missed weight for their respective bouts. Dariush weighed in at 158 pounds, two pounds over the lightweight non-title fight limit. Staropoli weighed in at 174.5 pounds, three and a half pounds over the welterweight non-title fight limit. Both of their bouts proceeded at a catchweight and they were each fined 20% of their individual purses, which went to their opponents Scott Holtzman and Tim Means (Means was given one additional hour to make weight after initially weighing 172.5 pounds).[15]

Results[edit]

Main card (ESPN+)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Derrick Lewis def. Aleksei Oleinik TKO (punches) 2 0:21
Middleweight Chris Weidman def. Omari Akhmedov Decision (unanimous) (29–27, 29–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Darren Stewart def. Maki Pitolo Submission (guillotine choke) 1 3:41
Women's Bantamweight Yana Kunitskaya def. Julija Stoliarenko Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Catchweight (158 lb) Beneil Dariush def. Scott Holtzman KO (spinning backfist) 1 4:38
Preliminary card (ESPN+)
Catchweight (174.5 lb) Tim Means def. Laureano Staropoli Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Kevin Holland def. Joaquin Buckley TKO (punch) 3 0:32
Lightweight Nasrat Haqparast def. Alexander Muñoz Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Andrew Sanchez def. Wellington Turman KO (punch) 1 4:14
Featherweight Gavin Tucker def. Justin Jaynes Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 1:43
Featherweight Youssef Zalal def. Peter Barrett Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Irwin Rivera def. Ali AlQaisi Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00

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Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[17]

  • Fight of the Night: No bonus awarded.
  • Performance of the Night: Darren Stewart, Kevin Holland, Andrew Sanchez and Gavin Tucker

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Lelinwalla (2020-08-08). "What time, channel is UFC Fight Night tonight? Derrick Lewis vs. Alexei Oleinik TV schedule, how to live stream". dazn.com. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  2. ^ a b Damon Martin (2020-06-16). "Derrick Lewis vs. Alexey Oleinik expected to headline UFC card on Aug. 8". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-06-17.
  3. ^ Staff (2020-06-18). "Nicco Montaño will meet Julia Avila again after three years, this time on August 8 in the UFC". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-06-18. (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Mike Heck (2020-06-18). "Nicco Montano vs. Julia Avila matchup moved to UFC event on Sept. 5 following coach's positive COVID-19 test". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  5. ^ Nolan King and John Morgan (2020-07-15). "UFC shifts Ketlen Vieira vs. Yana Kunitskaya to Aug. 8 event". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  6. ^ Lenny March (2020-07-30). "Ketlen Viera OUT, Yana Kunitskaya will now face Julija Stoliarenko at UFC's August 8th event". mymmanews.com. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  7. ^ Staff (2020-07-31). "Without a visa to the USA, Ketlen Vieira is out of the fight with Kunitskaya in Las Vegas". globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 2020-07-31. (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ a b Staff (2020-04-14). "Sergei Pavlovich encounters Ciryl Gane during the August 8 event". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-07-15. (in Dutch)
  9. ^ Farah Hannoun (2020-07-15). "With Sergei Pavlovich out, Ciryl Gane vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov targeted for Sept. 19 UFC event". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2020-03-05). "Ciryl Gane out of UFC 249 fight with Shamil Abdurakhimov". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  11. ^ Staff (2020-05-10). "Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane at UFC 251's IFW week event". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-06-09. (in Dutch)
  12. ^ Staff (2020-07-25). "Youssef Zalal tackles short notice fight against Peter Barrett on August 8". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-07-26. (in Dutch)
  13. ^ Staff (2020-09-19). "BREAKING: Miranda Granger vs. Nadia Kassem added to UFC event on August 8". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-06-18. (in Dutch)
  14. ^ Staff (2020-07-17). ""Bruce Leeroy" meets Giga Chikadze at UFC event on August 8". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2020-07-18. (in Dutch)
  15. ^ Staff (2020-08-07). "UFC on ESPN+ 32 weigh-in results: Two fighters miss, but featured bouts set". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  16. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  17. ^ Ryan Galloway (2020-08-09). "UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik bonuses". lowkickmma.com. Retrieved 2020-08-09.