Russian heavyweight gets UFC shot after beating Cro Cop, debuts vs Rosholt

Jared Rosholt
Jared Rosholt faces UFC newcomer Oleksiy Oliynyk at UFC on FOX in Chicago.
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Beating Cro Cop in 2013 does still mean something to somebody.

Oleksiy Oliynyk submitted the PRIDE legend and former UFC heavyweight in November and now he’s getting a shot at the UFC himself. The Russian meets Jared Rosholt in a heavyweight bout on the prelims of UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Thomson on Jan. 25 in Chicago, the UFC announced Saturday.

Oliynyk (48-9), who is on a nine-fight winning streak, took out Mirko Cro Cop at Legend – Part 2: Invasion in Moscow via first-round neck crank on Nov. 8. The 36-year-old is a veteran of the sport with a 48-9-1 record and wins over Jeff Monson, Tony Lopez and Thiago Santos.

Rosholt (9-1) will be coming in with much less experience, but a greater upside. The 27-year-old debuted in the UFC by beating Walt Harris by decision at the TUF Finale last weekend. He’s now won five straight.

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