Oleksiy Oliynyk is one of the most experienced competitors in the sport. He debuted in 1996 and has accumulated a prolific 55-11-1 record. Submissions have been his specialty. Junior Albini is more of a striker and is coming off a setback against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
Round 1. Oliynyk lands a right hand early and then clinches. Nothing much happens there. Albini lands a few solid punches and Oliynyk is cut. Oliynyk grabs an Ezekiel choke, pulls Albini down, and gets the submission.
Winner: Oleksiy Oliynyk, submission, round 1. Oleksiy Oliynyk did it again. Oliynyk came into the UFC with 10 wins by the rare Ezekiel choke, but it wasn’t thought that the hold would work at the UFC level. Oliynyk proceeded to score the first Ezekiel choke submission in UFC history against Viktor Pesta and now he did it again. It’s an extreme rarity in MMA for a technique to not work often in general but for one fighter to be prolific with it.