On Saturday, UFC International Fight Week came to its conclusion with UFC 213.
Despite the main event between UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko being canceled just hours before the event, the UFC still hosted a full night of intriguing matchups.
The preliminary portion of the card featured a pivotal heavyweight battle between Travis Browne and Aleksei Oleinik.
Browne started the fight with a pair of kicks. Oleinik was the aggressor early in the fight. Browne continued to throw kicks and threw in knees as well. Browne rocked Oleinik with a punch and dropped him with another combination. Browne let his opponent to his feet. Oleinik started to crack Browne with punches of his own. He then dropped Browne, but Browne engaged a clinch. Oleinik landed punches up against the cage. Browne later got taken down. Oleinik took Browne’s back and began throwing punches. He then went for a choke but ran out of time.
Oleinik landed a right hand to start the second round. Browne landed a knee inside a clinch. Browne landed a high kick but was then pushed against the cage. Oleinik began to land uppercut. Browne responded with a takedown. Browne secured top position but Oleinik still got to his feet. Oleinik then got Browne’s back and got him to the ground. He went for a rear-naked choke and finished the fight.
Aleksei Oleinik def. Travis Browne by submission (Round 2)