Michal Oleksiejczuk
Lord

Poland

Gets badly outgrappled in loss
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 22, 2020
Oleksiejczuk lost to Jimmy Crute via submission (kimura) at 3:29 of Round 1 UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Oleksiejczuk combines power and speed on the feet, with nasty bodywork thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately for him, he didn't get a chance to showcase those skills, as Crute dragged him to the ground repeatedly until he was able to secure the finish. The Polish fighter was coming off two dominant wins before being submitted by OSP in September, and will now need to sure up his submission defense in order to put his standup skills to use. Oleksiejczuk falls to 14-4 in professional MMA as the result of the loss.
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Draws Jimmy Crute in Auckland
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 8, 2020
Oleksiejczuk (14-3-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Jimmy Crute (10-1-0) in a light heavyweight fight Feb. 22 at UFC Auckland, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Like Crute, Oleksiejczuk will head to New Zealand looking to rebound after losing in his last trip to the Octagon. In Oleksiejczuk's case, he was submitted by Ovince Saint Preux back in September at UFC Copenhagen. Prior to that, Oleksiejczuk had defeated Gian Villante and Gadzhimurad Antigulov via knockout.
Doesn't do his homework
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 29, 2019
Oleksiejczuk lost to Ovince Saint Preux via submission (Von Flue choke) at 2:14 of Round 2 at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Either Oleksiejczuk didn't watch any film on OSP prior to this fight, or he was simply too exhausted to realize what was happening to him. Oleksiejczuk dominated the striking battle 33 to 5 in the first round, but seemed to wear out a bit in Round 2 and was eventually taken down. He made the grave mistake of reaching backwards with Saint Preux in half guard, which allowed OSP to set up his patented Von Flue choke (we might as well call it a Saint Preux choke at this point). This was the fourth time OSP was victorious in this manner under the UFC banner, which makes it almost unforgivable for Oleksiejczuk, who was charged with his first loss since 2014.
Matchup with Saint Preux on tap
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 15, 2019
The UFC announced Monday that Oleksiejczuk (14-2-0, 1 NC) is slated to face Ovince Saint Preux (23-13-0) in a light heavyweight fight Sept. 28 at UFC Copenhagen.
ANALYSIS
After his unanimous decision win over Khalil Rountree at UFC 219 in his promotional debut was overturned following a failed drug test, Oleksiejczuk returned from a one-year suspension to claim consecutive first-round knockout victories over Gian Villante and Gadzhimurad Antigulov. He'll thus be returning to the Octagon with more momentum than Saint Preux, who is riding a two-fight losing skid.
Scores three quick knockdowns
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 20, 2019
Oleksiejczuk defeated Gadzhimurad Antigulov via TKO (punches) at 0:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
ANALYSIS
Oleksiejczuk left no doubt in this fight. He became the second fighter to score a quick knockout on the card. Antigulov came forward continually and kept getting dropped for his trouble. On three occasions in the first round, he was dropped to the ground before finally being finished. He improves to 2-0 in the UFC after going to a no contest in his debut.
Crumples opponent with body shot
Light HeavyweightUFC
February 23, 2019
Oleksiejczuk defeated Gian Villante via TKO (punches) at 1:34 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Oleksiejczuk looked to be the much quicker and crisper striker out of the gate, as it was clear Villante was having trouble answering his opponent's attacks. The Polish fighter showed off his excellent body work to close out Round 1, culminating in a thunderous liver shot that forced Villante to keel over. The quick and impressive finish earned Olejsiejczuk a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts. It must be noted that Oleksiejczuk was making his return following a one-year suspension due to testing positive for a banned substance, but he is an athletic, creative striker who can wrestle a bit, which should make him an interesting name to add to the young crop of fighters in the light heavyweight division. Oleksiejczuk moves to 13-2 with one no-contest in professional MMA as a result of the victory.