Alexey Oleynik Doesn’t Want to Wait to Capitalize on Big UFC 249 Win

May 24, 2020

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Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Alexey Oleynik is not one to call out future opponents, even after earning a No. 10 UFC ranking following a pivotal win over former division champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 249. However, that does not mean he will face whomever the promotion offers. The 42-year-old is well aware of his value and will only settle for a Top 15 foe next.

“Really, I never ask for [specific] names. I ask for any fighters. I’m No. 10, and my future opponent [should be] No. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. I think it can be plus-minus 5 [spots from me]. I know everybody in that Top 15 is super strong. Of course, I want a [talented] and famous fighter. But when I ask the UFC, give me a top-ranking fighter, UFC tells me, ‘for that you must maybe wait 7 [to] 10 months.’ Sorry guys, I’m not 30-years-old. I’m not so rich. For my future fight I’m not waiting 10 months. This is not a good idea. I want to fight, and fight and fight.”

Along with talking about what could come next in his 73-fight career, Oleynik dove in about his monumental win over Werdum and if a heavy striking attack was always the plan.


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