Sergey Spivak made a claim for a top 15 ranking by defeating Alexey Oleynik via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 25 this Saturday, June 19.
Oleynik controlled the fight on the ground in round one, but Spivak took over in rounds two and three. The 26-year-old remained composed and picked apart Oleynik on the feet.
Alexey Oleynik vs. Sergey Spivak Preview
A marquee matchup in the featherweight division headlines UFC on ESPN 25 this Saturday, June 19.
Former title challenger, “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung meets rising contender Dan Ige in the main event on ESPN2 and ESPN+. A heavyweight clash between 15th ranked Alexey Oleynik and Sergey Spivak serves as the co-main event inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Oleynik is looking to stay in the top 15 after dropping back-to-back TKO losses to Chris Daukaus and Derrick Lewis. He previously won two consecutive bouts against Fabricio Werdum and Maurice Greene.
Spivak is climbing up the rankings after finishing Jared Vaneraa via second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 185 last February. He previously earned a majority decision against Carlos Felipe at UFC Fight Night 172 last July.
His last defeat is a unanimous decision loss to Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 169 in February.
Here is how the heavyweight bout between Alexey Oleynik and Sergey Spivak went down at UFC on ESPN 25, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
Sergey Spivak outworks Aleksei Oleynik
Oleynik lands a leg kick right away. Oleynik looks to clinch, but Spivak is able to get out. Spivak gets some space and throws out the jab. Oleynik goes to the body. Both men trade jabs. Oleynik getting his hands going, Spivak counters back. Oleynik shoots in on a single -leg takedown off the jab. Spivak stuffs another takedown attempt. Oleynik lands a leg kick. Oleynik with an overhand, Spivak lands an uppercut. Oleynik with a leg kick. Oleynik working the inside. Oleynik clinches with Spivak. Spivak able to turn out quickly. Oleynik drags down Spivak and gets both hooks in. Oleynik transitions to mount.Oleynik drops for a modified scarf hold, but can’t finish it. Round ends with Oleynik on top
MyMMANews scores it 10-9 for Oleynik
The two meet in the center. Both trade leg kicks. Oleynik goes to the body. Both men trade right hands. Oleynik is walking down Spivak. Spivak gets off balance briefly. Spivak lands a right hook. Oleynik pulls guard. Spivak seems content to stay on top. Spivak not staying very busy on top. Oleynik scrambles, but end sup on his back. Oleynik looking to sweep. Spivak lands some ground and pound. Oleynik is bleeding from his forehead. Spivak drops for an anaconda choke. Spivak transitions to a guillotine. Oleynik escapes and gains top position. Oleynik moves to mount. Oleynik goes for another anaconda, but Spivak is saved by the horn.
MyMMANews scores it 10-9 for Spivak, 19-19
Spivak pops out the jab. Oleynik eats a jab. Spivak getting his hands going in round three. Spivak picking Oleynik apart in the third round. Oleynik has a cut on the left side of his face, bleeding a lot. Oleynik comes forward and drops for the takedown. Spivak stuffs it. Oleynik throws an overhand left. Oleynik lands an elbow and then drops for another takedown. Both men appear exhausted. The two keep throwing. Oleynik drops for takedown, Spivak ends up on top. Spivak landing short elbows with a minute left. Oleynik seems content on his back, lands short punches. Spivak is in control. The round ends with Spivak on top.
MyMMANews scores it 29-28 for Spivak
Official result: Sergey Spivak def. Alexey Oleynik via unanimous decision [29-28 3x]
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