UFC stages a Saturday card in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The month of April is almost over and this Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is back for the second week in a row. This week’s UFC Fight Night (a.k.a., UFC on ESPN+ 7) will originate from Saint Petersburg, Russia’s
Yubileyny Sports Palace. Undercard action begins Saturday morning at 10 a.m. EDT, 7 a.m. PDT on ESPN2.
West Coast-based MMA fans, be sure to set your alarms before bed on Friday night. Trust me, a 7 a.m. wake up call comes mighty early.
The main card follows at 1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT on ESPN+. Highlighting this weekend’s card is a top-10 battle in the UFC Heavyweight division. In the main event, No. 9 contender Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1) meets No. 7 contender Alistair Overeem (44-17) in a five-round fight.
Both contestants enter the Saturday headliner coming off victories in their respective previous fights.
Alistair Overeem is the taller combatant in the fight, standing 6-foot-4, compared to Aleksei Oleinik’s 6- foot-2 frame.
Oleinik has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five UFC appearances and is currently on a two-fight winning streak. Most recently, he scored a first-round submission via rear-naked choke against Mark Hunt in the UFC Fight Night Moscow main event on Sept. 15, 2018.
In the other corner, Overeem has posted a record of 3-2 in his last five UFC fights, and is looking to run his winning streak to two fights, having won by first-round TKO against Sergey Pavlovich in UFC Fight Night Beijing’s co-main event on Nov. 24, 2018.
The Tale of the Tape
UFC.com shows that both fighters are level (80 inches apiece), with Oleinik holding the leg reach advantage by one-half of an inch (45 inches to 44.5 inches.) If the tale of the tape is any indication, we’re in for quite the fight on Saturday, ladies and gentlemen.
Other fights on Saturday’s main card:
Islam Makhachev (16-1) vs. Arman Tsarukyan (first UFC appearance [Lightweight, co-main event]
Sergei Pavlovich (12-1) vs. Marcelo Golm (6-2) [Heavyweight]
No. 7-ranked Roxanne Modafferi (22-15) vs. No. 12-ranked Antonina Shevchenko (7-0)
Krzysztof Jotko (19-5) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-0, first UFC appearance) [Middleweight]
The Ivan Shtyrkov vs. Devin Clark fight in the Light Heavyweight division that had been scheduled to take place on this card was called off on Friday, this after Shtyrkov was taken to a medical center.
UFC on ESPN+ 7 at a Glance
Prelims: Saturday, 10 a.m. EDT, 7 a.m. PDT, ESPN2
Main Card: Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT, ESPN+
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