UFC Fight Night 136: Moscow was always going to be a tough card, with it being hard to call which fighter was the more likely to win in each of the four fights of the main card.
For a long time, Mark Hunt had been looking to make sure that he has a good run in the UFC, but he recently said that his contract with them was valid for only two more fights. He said that after those fights, he would let his contract expire, and move on from the company. Things might still work out that way, but Dana White's recent statement, that UFC would look to offer Hunt a new contract based on his fight in Moscow meant that Hunt suddenly had a lot depending on his fight against Oleinik.
Meanwhile, in the co-main event of the night, more drama played out, as Nikita Krylov finally made his return to UFC after a long time away from the company. He recently said that his time away was to make his name in the business, and while that may be true, his return fight against Jan Blachowicz was a story by itself.
Without any further ado, let's get into what happened in UFC Fight Night 136: Moscow - Results.
#1 Merab Dvalishvili vs. Terrion Ware:
Merab Dvalishvili took on Terrion Ware and dominated him for three rounds straight. The level of dominance was impressive to see, given the fact that in the beginning, he did not look as confident.
Dvalishvili was in control throughout and took down Terrion a couple of times. Ware spent most of the time on his back. In the third round, he looked like he might be able to lock in the Triangle Choke, but was not able to lock it in. Dvalishvili instead took advantage and turned him around for the Ground and Pound and won the bout.
Merab Dvalishvili defeated Terrion Ware via Unanimous Decision (30-25,30-25, 30-25)
#2 Ramazan Emeev vs Stefan Sekulic: Ramazan Emeev defeated Stefan Sekulic via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Ramazan Emeev and Sekulic met in the middle of the Octagon in a fight that went all the way. The first round saw both men doing well, but Emeev still managed to stand out by countering a Kimura to get on his feet. He dropped Sekulic at the end of the 1st round, leaving him on the ground with a head kick.
In the second round, he continued his domination with an important head kick and another knee. The third round was the most equal of the lot and saw both exchange some punch combinations. Emeev kept trying to go for the head kick but it was not to be, he ended strong trading blows near the fence.
Ramazan Emeev defeated Stefan Sekulic via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
#3 Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Yandiev:
The most exciting fight of the night so far, Jordan Johnson looked like a complete professional when he took on Yandiev. The first round was a narrow squeak for Adam Yandiev, as he was able to get out of the Guillotine, and actually almost fell victim to a D'Arce Choke. As if that was not enough, the round ended with Yandiev struggling to survive a Rear Naked Choke. The first round came to an end at a good time for Yandiev.
The second round finished what the first round had started, as he hit the Headkick and knocked him to the ground. What came next was the immediate arm triangle, and without any other choice available to him, Yandiev tapped out.
Result: Jordan Johnson defeated Adam Yandiev via Submission (Arm Triangle, 2nd Round, 42 seconds)
#4 Magomed Ankalaev vs Marcin Prachnio:
The shortest fight of the night when it came, Magomed Ankalaev defeated Marcin Prachnio, knocking him down with a Headkick followed by a combo. It was fast and brutal, with it all over by the end of 3:09 minutes of the first round.
Result: Magomed Ankalaev defeated Marcin Prachnio via KO (1st Round, 3:09 Minutes)
#5 Desmond Green vs Mairbek Taisumov:
The big crowd favourite ahead of the fight was Taisumov, as the crowd went crazy from the moment he entered. The fight was on more equal footing than anyone had expected, but the second round saw Desmond getting in good jabs on Taisumov, making him defend.
Green went for a hard left and got part of it, but Taisumov came back in with a strong one. Green got caught in the nether regions during the round but a short break was enough to judge they could continue. Taisumov blocked a takedown attempt, and the swings were becoming wilder for him at the end of the second round, but Green got a good shot in.
Both landed a good shot each to start the next round. They exchanged significant shots, but the difference was made by Taisumov's body and head kicks.
Result: Marbek Taisumov defeated Desmond Green via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
#6 Rustam Khabilov vs Kajan Johnson:
Khabilov and Johnson squared off in the fight, with Khabilov going for takedowns, and little shots to make the difference. In the last few seconds, of the first round, Khabilov took a hard head kick from a shot via Johnson.
The second round saw Johnson again dominate, with Khabilov in Full Guard, and almost locking him in a Triangle Choke. Johnson's submission attempts kept on coming, but at the same time, so did Khabilov's punches. Johnson was looking to invert, but the second round finished with Khabilov giving a butt stomp.
The third round saw them both land significant blows in the beginning, but Johnson's offence looked better. He was active off his back on the ground and landed a face kick. Johnson went for a heel hook, but it was not to be as the bell went.
Despite looking impressive, Johnson suffered in the end from the blows landed by Khabilov, as Khabilov won by Split Decision.
Result: Rustam Khabilov defeated Kajan Johnson by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
#7 Petr Yan vs Jin Soo Son:
The fight started off fast in the early going but cooled down a bit as it went on. Yan seemed incomprehensibly good, as he landed a tremendous elbow and almost hit a head kick that looked like it could have ended things. Son took a lot of damage from the first round.
The biggest moment in the second round for Son was when he able to get a takedown. Yan stopped him with elbows, while Son tried to go past the guard. Yan got top position with a nice sweep and landed to good hooks, while Son scrambled.
The third round of the fight only got better, as Petr Yan continued his domination of the debuting Jin Soo Son. The fight was already being talked up for a possiblem fight of the night, as Yan landed a huge left and got a takedown on Son, before hitting him with a flurry of punches. Son got up and still took blow after blow from Yan. The bell rang just as Yan landed an uppercut to close off the fight.
Petr Yan defeated Jin Soo Son via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Khalid Murtazaliev vs. C.B. Dollaway:
The last fight of the Prelims was between Murtazaliev and CB Dollaway.
The fight saw Murtazaliev dominate the first round, as Dollaway could do nothing when Murtazaliev landed damaging kick after damaging kick.
They went into the second round, with Murtazliev continuing his domination. He was almost caught by Dollaway by D'Arce. Murtazaliev battered Dollaway with punches, and it should have been stopped by the referee way earlier. Murtazaliev battered away as Dollaway did nothing, and finally the fight was stopped but because of the round ending. Dollaway threw in the towel, not wanting to continue.
Result: Khalid Murtazaliev defeated CB Dollaway via TKO (2nd Round, 5 Minutes)
Finally, into the main card of the night, the four fights were all equally rated. Let's take a look at what happened here.
#1 Aleksei Kunchenko vs. Thiago Alves:
Alves and Kunchenko both came prepared for the other's style. The first and second round was the two checking each other out, interspersed with some big low kicks. Kunchenko's force behind the low kicks hurt Alves badly.
The third round started with Kunchenko landing lots of combintations. Both men landed a lot of strikes, but the third round was all about Kunchenko and his boxing abilty. He almost knocked Alves off his feet a number of times.
The fight ended with Kunchenko reaping the fruit of his hard work.
Result: Aleksei Kunchenko defeated Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
#2 Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Andrei Arlovski:
The two fighters used the first fight checking out each other, and they saw the weaknesses of the other fighter. Both of them were holding back and Arlovski did not go for a rush-in until the last secondsn were left. Unfortunately, Shamil was ready, and threw him back.
The second round saw them both working hard to clinch and take the other down. Arlovski baited Shamil several times, looking for an uppercut. He threw a kick but was caught and dropped. Shamil got dragged to the ground with both of them in a clinch on the ground. Shamil dragged Arlovski to the cage, and hit him with several shots to the face while he was getting up.
Arlovski looked better in the 2nd round, and was locked in the clinch again. This time it was Arlovski who took Shamil down through the clinch. With two takedowns for Arlovski in the round, the last round mattered the most. Abdurakhmov started the fight with a spinning elbow, and the two were soon in a clinch again. An eyepoke saw the fight paused, as Arlovski had his eye hurt.
They resumed, with both of them throwing shots, but again got caught with a groin shot with the fight stopping again. They resumed yet again, and throughout Arlovski seemed reluctant. The clock wound down, and the fight was over,
Result: Shamil Abdurakhimov defeated Andrei Arlovski via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
#3 Jan Blachowicz vs. Nikita Krylov:
The co-main event of the night saw Krylov return to take on Blachowicz in a fight which could make or break either fighter.
Krylov started fast, and did not waste any time going for shots. Krylov went for the triangle, and the armbar, but neither worked. Both were tied up om the ground, and the first round went in that manner. Both men were unable to take advantage of the other.
The second round was much more straight forward, as at 3 minutes and 41 seconds of the round, Jan Blachowicz picked up the quick win with a D'Arce choke putting an end to the fight.
The return of Nikita Krylov had cold water poured all over it, with Blachowicz now angling for a title fight.
Result: Jan Blachowicz defeated Nikita Krylov via Submission (D'Arce Choke, 2nd Round, 3:41 Minutes)
#1 Mark Hunt vs Aleksei Oleinik:
The final fight of the night was the most awaited one of the night to see whether Hunt would be able to last against the submission tactics of Aleksei Oleinik.
Both men started with big leg kicks, and Mark Hunt hit Oleinik in the face with a huge right hook. Oleinik did not go down, but he was shaken. His low kick on the legs of Oleinik leg his struggling to walk.Oleinik went for a Guillotine, but was thrown.
Oleinik landed a big shot as well, and then took down Hunt. He locked in a Rear Naked Choke, and Hunt tried to get out with a hand underneath. But it was not going to happen, and he cranked the power, and Hunt had to tap out.
Despite hurting on his lead leg, Oleinik won with a beautiful submission.
Result: Aleksei Oleinik defeated Mark Hunt via Submission (Rear Naked Choke, 4:26 Minutes)
Well, that's all for the night, as Mark Hunt lost, and Oleinik picked up the big win. What did you think of UFC Fight Night 136: Moscow? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!