Michal Oleksiejczuk


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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Set for return in Prague
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 21, 2019
Oleksiejczuk will return from suspension to face Gian Villante at UFC Prague on Feb. 23.
Oleksiejczuk has fought just once since joining the UFC back in 2017, with his victory over Khalil Rountree in December of that year changed to a no contest after he tested positive for a banned substance. He was subsequently handed a one-year suspension. He'll face an opponent in Villante who is not in the best run of form, with losses in three of his last five fights and five of his last nine.
Dealt concurrent one-year suspension
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 12, 2018
Oleksiejczuk was suspended one year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), retroactive to Dec. 30, 2017, for a positive test for the banned substance clomiphene, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
Oleksiejczuk was already serving the same one-year suspension handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission, so this is essentially an affirmation by USADA of the commission's findings. The light heavyweight fighter has already seen his UFC debut -- a victory over Khalil Rountree -- overturned to a no-contest, and he won't be eligible to compete again until December 29, 2018.