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Two Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight grapplers with equal 92 percent finish rates will toe the line in June.
Seventeen years will separate Alexey Oleynik (59-15-1) and Sergey Spivak (12-2) when they meet at UFC on ESPN 25 on June 19, per a report from Russian outlet Vetnik MMA on Thursday. Spivak has since confirmed the heavyweight pairing on his Instagram, with the two meeting at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The 43-year-old Oleynik is currently on a two-fight knockout loss skid, with Derrick Lewis and Chris Daukaus both putting him away with punches. Against Lewis, Oleynik very nearly had “The Black Beast” finished with a scarf hold, but Lewis survived and blasted him in the next round. The Russian submission magician sports an incredible 46 wins by submission over the years, as one of the very few MMA fighters in history to ever notch submission wins in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.
Spivak, only 26 years of age, brings an equivalent finish rate to that of his opponent, but has far less of a storied career. The Moldovan went the distance for the first time in his career against Marcin Tybura in early 2020, losing a unanimous verdict to his Polish foe. “The Polar Bear” went on to win his first decision over Carlos Felipe in July of that year. A knockout of Jared Vanderaa in February extended his win streak to two.
UFC on ESPN 25 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on June 19, and featherweights will serve in the main event. Chan Sung Jung meets Dan Ige in a bout that will almost guarantee fireworks, and a few other main card tilts in Dhiego Lima vs. Matt Brown at welterweight and Marlon Vera vs. Davey Grant 2 at bantamweight will likely do the same.