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UFC St. Petersburg: Need a Refresher on Why Aleksei Oleinik’s “The Boa Constrictor”?

Watch Aleksei Oleinik go to work on opponent's necks in advance of his bout with Alistair Overeem.

Aleksei Oleinik has demonstrated during his UFC run that he very much, remains a threat at this stage of his career. Need a reminder?

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Yes, in advance of Oleinik’s bout Saturday with Alistair Overeem, the UFC’s posted “The Boa Constrictor’s” top-five finishes in the Octagon. Those finishes include not one, but two, Ezekiel Choke submissions from the bottom….repeat, from the bottom.

Oleinik – Overeem will headline UFC St. Petersburg. Here is the complete card.

(ESPN+ 7) Main Card (1 p.m. ET)
265 lbs.: Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik
155 lbs.: Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
265 lbs.: Marcelo Golm vs. Sergei Pavlovich
185 lbs.: Devin Clark vs. Ivan Shtyrkov
125 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko
185 lbs.: Alen Amedovski vs. Krzysztof Jotko
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UFC St. Petersburg Media Day Faceoffs: Alistair Overeem & Aleksei Oleinik Are All Smiles
Watch the fighters faceoff for cameras following UFC St. Petersburg’s media day.
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Published on Apr 18, 2019 at 1:28 PM
by KR Mowatt
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Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik will undoubtedly, do their best on Saturday to render each other unconscious. But, there’s clearly no ill will between the heavyweights as they get to battle at UFC St. Petersburg.

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The media day for Saturday’s event was held today in the Russian city, and as you can see by watching the video below, Overeem and Oleinik were all smiles when it came time to faceoff for cameras.

Here is the complete card for UFC St. Petersburg.

(ESPN+ 7) Main Card (1 p.m. ET)
265 lbs.: Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik
155 lbs.: Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
265 lbs.: Marcelo Golm vs. Sergei Pavlovich
185 lbs.: Devin Clark vs. Ivan Shtyrkov
125 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko
185 lbs.: Alen Amedovski vs. Krzysztof Jotko

(ESPN+ 7) Prelims (10 a.m. ET):
135 lbs.: Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi
170 lbs.: Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura
155 lbs.: Alex da Silva vs. Alexander Yakovlev
265 lbs.: Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura
205 lbs.: Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
155 lbs.: Rafael Fiziev vs. Magomed Mustafaev

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