Russian heavyweight Alexey Oleinik will return to the Octagon for the first time since November 2014 when he faces Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC Fight Night South Dakota.
The promotion announced the pairing on Tuesday. Additionally, Rani Yahya will square off against Matthew Lopez in a bantamweight tilt. UFC Fight Night takes place on July 13 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is headlined by a lightweight showdown between Tony Ferguson and Michael Chiesa.
Oleinik, 38, joined the UFC in 2014 and scored first-round stoppages of Anthony Hamilton and Jared Rosholt in his first two promotional appearances. The Moscow native has won 10 straight fights overall and owns a 50-9-1 career mark. He owns notable wins over the likes of Mirko Filipovic, Jeff Monson, Karol Bedorf and Adlan Amagov.
Omielanczuk enters the matchup on a two-fight winning streak, including a technical decision over Jarjis Danho in his last outing at UFC Fight Night “Silva vs. Bisping.” The 33-year-old Pole is 3-2 in the Octagon and 18-5-1 as a professional overall.
Yahya is 6-2 during his promotional tenure and has scored consecutive triumphs over Masanori Kanehara and Johnny Bedford in his last two outings. A five-time Resurrection Fighting Alliance competitor, Sanchez is unbeaten in eight pro bouts and has finished all but one of his victims inside of a round.