The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, August 6, 2022, for UFC Vegas 59, going down live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
Headlining the event is a pair of ranked light-heavyweight contenders in former title challenger Thiago Santos (no. 6) and Jamahal Hill (no. 10), and is co-headlined by another pair of ranked contenders, this bout coming in the welterweight division between Vicente Luque (no. 6) and Geoff Neal (no. 13).
Headlining the preliminary card tonight was a middleweight contest between former light-heavyweight talents Sam Alvey and Michal Oleksiejzcuk.
Alvey is tied with former UFC lighteweight & welterweight champion BJ Penn for the longest winless streak in promotional history, while Oleksiejzcuk is finally coming down to 185 lbs after a relatively successful stint at 205 lbs.
Continue reading to see how this middleweight encounter went down:
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Official Result: Michal Oleksiejzcuk def. Sam Alvey via TKO (punch) at 1:56 of round one
Oleksiejzcuk comes out for blood immediately once the fight begins, as he gets right in Alvey’s grill and throws heavy leather. He’s trying to land that overhand left, which is remarkably fast, as it was up at light-heavyweight.
The Polish talent switches between that and his cross, but he’s really trying to land that left hand.
Not long into the fight and Oleksiejzcuk does land a nasty left hand and puts Alvey to the canvas, where he secures a mounted crucifix and reigns down some nasty punches and elbows. Alvey is able to scramble his way out of it however and gets back to his feet, where he’s dropped again soon after by, you guessed it, a left hand.
The referee was forced to stop the action after this one, as Alvey was hurt badly.
This was a very one-sided encounter, and a real showcase performance for Michal Oleksiejzcuk, who improves to 17-5 (12 knockouts) as a professional with this win tonight at UFC Vegas 59. He was always very undersized for a light-heavyweight, but his power carried well into that division, and he has truly incredible speed.
Mix that with his technical ability, which he really didn’t show tonight, he’s going to be a tough out for a lot of opponents in the near future, as Oleksiejzcuk is still just 27 years old.
Now that the prelims are over, where we saw four stunning finishes in four fights, we gear up for the main card where we crown two TUF champions and get a possible top contender at 205 lbs.
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