Michal Oleksiejczuk
Lord

Poland

Snaps brief losing streak
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 27, 2021
Oleksiejczuk defeated Modestas Bukauskas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC 260 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
After struggling with the grappling of Jimmy Crute in his most recent bout, Oleksiejczuk fared much better in a fight which was contested almost entirely on the feet. Of course, whether or not he deserved to actually win is open to interpretation. Oleksiejczuk unquestionably got stronger as the fight progressed. He was also the one pushing the pace at every available opportunity. There was clearly little separating these two men, so Oleksiejzcuk was fortunate to emerge victorious. The 26-year-old snaps a brief two-fight losing streak with the win.
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March 27 fight on deck
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 15, 2021
Oleksiejczuk will square off versus Modestas Bukauskas on the UFC's March 27 card, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Oleksiejczuk is looking to get back on track after a pair of submission losses to Ovince Saint Preux and Jimmy Crute in his last two bouts. While he's averaging just over a takedown per 15 minutes, Oleksiejczuk hasn't landed one in any fight beyond the first of his UFC career. That could prove difficult once again versus Modestas Bukaskas, who owns a perfect takedown defense percentage and sports advantages of three inches in height and four in the reach department.
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.
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.