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Three Surprising Things From UFC Fight Night 136: Moscow

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Mark Hunt headlined the Moscow card versus Oleksiy Oliynyk

UFC Fight Night 136 is in the books and it was a show that delivered entertaining action up and down the card.

The first card the UFC has ever presented in Russia in their 25-year history hailed from Moscow as the company once again made history,

There were several surprises at the event that are counted down within this slideshow.


#2 Jan Blachowicz earns the best winning streak in the Light Heavyweight division

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Jan Blachowicz is on a four-fight winning streak

Jan Blachowicz bested Nikita Krylov to win his bout at UFC Fight Night 136: Moscow and as a result, put himself firmly in the hunt for the UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship, currently held by Daniel Cormier. Unfortunately for Arlovski, he lost via decision and now faces an uncertain future in the sport.

Blachowicz called out Cormier after the fight, but what was most surprising is, with this victory, the Polish superstar earned the longest current winning streak in the UFC's Light-Heavyweight division, with four consecutive wins.

Considering how stacked the Light-Heavyweight division is with such names as Champion, Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson, Ilir Latifi and others only accentuates what an achievement that is.

A surprising record but an impressive one. Blachowicz has truly arrived on the Light-Heavyweight scene.

#2 UFC Fight Night 136 marked the first time in his 18 year UFC career that Andrei Arlovski fought close to his homeland, Belarus

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Andrei Arlovski - Ran to the Octagon for his fight with Shamil Abdurakhimov

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Andrei Arlovski, incredibly fought close to his homeland Belarus for the first time in his 18 year UFC career, having debuted with the promotion way back in the year 2000.

Most surprisingly though was that Arlovski chose to mark the occasion by running to the Octagon to the sound of the USSR national anthem playing him to the eight-sided ring.

It was an incredible moment that for sure would have been so much more memorable for the Belorussian had he managed to defeat his Russian opponent, Shamil Abdurakhimov.

#1 The legendary Mark Hunt is downed in the first round

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Mark Hunt lost decisively at UFC Fight Night: Moscow

In a stunning result, the legendary heavy hitter, Mark Hunt was very quickly defeated via submission by the intimidating Russian, Oleksiy Oliynk in just four minutes of their main event clash at UFC Fight Night: Moscow.

Hunt, who had caused a stir prior to the fight by his outspoken comments on steroid use in MMA and the recent two-year ban for former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Fabricio Werdum started the fight well with some impressive leg kicks making a right mess of his opponent's shins.

However, Oliynk is a resilient fighter and he impressively took Hunt down, took his back and employed a rear naked choke for the win.

Post-match, it was brought to Oliynk's attention that he had previously said choking Hunt out was not a viable option for him as he was unable to find the big Kiwi's neck. However, the Russian managed to do so and yielded the quick tap out.

Oliynk moves on in the Heavyweight division while Hunt's future looks unclear.


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Edited by Anirban Banerjee
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