Beating Cro Cop in 2013 does still mean something to
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.
Riding a 9-win streak capped by submitting CroCop, Russian
heavyweight Oleksiy Oliynyk debuts @UFConFOX in Chicago vs.
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.