Modestas Bukauskas

Lithuania

Drops questionable judges decision
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 27, 2021
Bukauskas lost to Michal Oleksiejczuk via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 260 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's an extremely disappointing result for Bukauskas in a fight in which he appeared to do enough over the course of the first ten minutes to earn the decision. While Bukauskas lander the harder, cleaner strikes, it was Oleksiejczuk who continued to push the pace and this is the type of risk you take if you allow a fight to see the final bell. Time is on Bukauskas' side given the fact he turned just 27 years of age this past February, but he has now lost back-to-back fights and will need to win his next time out in order to ensure his job is not on the line.
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Slated for March 27 fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
January 15, 2021
Bukauskas will square off against Michal Oleksiejczuk on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
After a solid showing in his UFC debut versus Andreas Michailidis, Bukauskas lasted just over two minutes before falling via KO/TKO (punches) to Jimmy Crute in October. Next up on the docket is Oleksiejczuk, who is also coming off of a loss to Crute and sports just a 2-3-0 record since joining the UFC. Bukuskas owns significant advantages in height (three inches) and reach (four inches), so look for him to try to keep the fight at a distance.
Gets demolished early
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 17, 2020
Bukauskas lost to Jimmy Crute via KO (punches) at 2:01 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Bukauskas generally showcases good movement and came into this fight with a four-inch reach advantage but started throwing the kicks without setting them up, which allowed Crute to demolish him with a clean overhand right. The Lithuanian fighter has some real skills he can put to work in this division, but seemed unprepared for the power of his opponent in this one, resulting in the loss. Bukauskas falls to 11-3 in professional MMA.
Next fight set for October
Light HeavyweightUFC
August 13, 2020
Bukauskas will fight Jimmy Crute at the UFC event on October 17, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The location for this fight is to be determined. Bukauskas last fought in mid-July when he defeated Andreas Michailidis via TKO.
Strong showing in company debut
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 15, 2020
Bukauskas defeated Andreas Michailidis via TKO (referee stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was a strong effort from Bukauskas in his company debut. Entering on a six-fight winning streak, Bukauskas pounded the smaller Michalidis throughout the course of Round 1. It should come as no surprise considering Bukauskas -- a natural light heavyweight -- was going up against a natural middleweight in Michailidis. He looked calm and fluid on the feet and finished the bout with some perfectly placed elbows to the side of the head of his opponent. Bukauskas becomes the first Lithuanian-born fighter to pick up a win in the UFC. He'll also take home a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
New Fight Island opponent
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 6, 2020
Bukauskas will now take on Andreas Michailidis on July 15 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Bukauskas was originally scheduled to enter as roughly a (-280) betting favorite against Vinicius Alves Moreira, but the bout was scrapped after Moreira tested positive for COVID-19. Bukauskas will now put his six-fight winning streak on the line against Michailidis, a 31-year-old fighter who has seen action all over the globe, including brief stints in Bellator, Titan FC and Fight Nights Global. It seems Michailidis is moving up a weight class to take this bout on short notice, so the size advantage should lie with Bukauskas.