If Alexey Oleynik was going to make the home folks happy, it couldn’t have ended any other way.
“The Boa Constrictor” put his stamp on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first visit to Russia, as he submitted Mark Hunt with a rear-naked choke 4:26 into the opening stanza of Saturday’s headliner at Olimpiysky Arena in Moscow. Oleynik, a Moscow native, has won four of his last five promotional appearances. Hunt, meanwhile, has tasted victory just once in his last five outings.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night 136, with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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5: Submissions in UFC competition for Oleynik following his first-round tapout of Hunt. That ties him with Stefan Struve for the second-most submissions at heavyweight in promotion history. Only former champion Frank Mir (eight) has more.
6: Overall finishes in UFC competition for Oleynik, tying him with Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou for third most in heavyweight history. Derrick Lewis is No. 1 with nine finishes in the Octagon.
45: Career submission triumphs for Oleynik among 69 professional bouts since beginning his career in 1996.
12: Career triumphs via rear-naked choke for Oleynik. Hunt was his first UFC victim with that maneuver. “The Boa Constrictor” had previously tapped Octagon foes with an Ezekiel choke (twice) and a neck crank.
2,912: Days since Hunt’s last submission defeat, when he tapped to a straight armbar from Sean McCorkle in his promotional debut at UFC 119.
4: Consecutive victories for Jan Blachowicz, the longest active winning streak in the UFC light heavyweight division. Blachowicz submitted Nikita Krylov with an arm-triangle choke 2:41 into the second round of their co-main event bout.
30: Professional bouts for Krylov, who in 24 victories and six defeats has yet to go the distance in any promotion.
19: Consecutive professional victories for Alexey Kunchenko after taking a unanimous decision over Thiago Alves in his Octagon debut on Saturday. That gives the 34-year-old Russian the third-longest overall pro winning streak among UFC fighters behind only Khabib Nurmagomedov (26) and Cristiane Justino (21).
26: Significant leg strikes landed by Alves in the bout. By comparison, Kunchenko landed seven. Overall, Alves held a 56-to-44 edge in significant strikes landed.
31: Significant ground strikes landed Khalid Murtazaliev in the second round of his middleweight clash with C.B. Dollaway. The Dagestani fighter pounded away on a defenseless Dollaway as the period drew to a close and was declared the winner when “The Doberman” elected not to continue prior to the third frame. Murtazaliev outlanded Dollaway by a 48-to-4 count in significant strikes for the fight.
5: Takedowns landed in five attempts for Murtazaliev against Dollaway, a former NCAA All-American wrestler at Arizona State University. Murtazaliev landed four takedowns in the first stanza.
100: Significant strikes landed by Petr Yan in a unanimous decision triumph over Jin Soo Son in their preliminary bantamweight affair. By comparison, Son landed 58. Yan outlanded his foe 21 to 18 in round one, 30 to 16 in round two and 49 to 24 in round three.
6: Consecutive victories for Rustam Khabilov and Mairbek Taisumov, tying them for the third-longest active winning streak in the UFC lightweight division. Only Tony Ferguson (10) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (nine) have more at 155 pounds. Khabilov took a split verdict over Kajan Johnson, while Taisumov outpointed Desmond Green on Saturday.
27: Significant strikes by which Johnson outlanded Khabilov in their bout. However, Khabilov landed the bout’s only three takedowns to earn the nod from two of three cageside judges.
12: Unofficial media scorecards, of the 13 tracked by MMADecisions, that saw the fight in favor of Johnson.
54: Total strikes by which Jordan Johnson outlanded Adam Yandiev in their middleweight bout. Johnson, who outlanded his foe 55 to 1 in total strikes and 35 to 1 in significant strikes, won his fourth straight UFC contest by arm-triangle submission 42 seconds into round two.