A heavyweight scrap between Curtis Blaydes and Aleksei Oleinik served as the featured bout of tonight’s UFC 217 Fight Pass Prelims in New York.
Round one begins and Oleinik quickly takes the center of the octagon and throws a leg kick. Blaydes shoots in and scores an early double leg takedown. Aleksei quickly scrambles free and gets back up to his feet. Oleinik misses with a wild right hand. Blaydes catches him with a leg kick. Oleinik returns fire with one of his own. Blaydes presses forward with punches. The fighters clinch and exchange uppercuts. They break and Oleinik lands an uppercut. He attempts a spinning back fist but misses and once again Blaydes shoots in and takes him to the floor. Oleinik immediately looks to lock up and arm. Blaydes decides to let the Russian veteran back up. Oleinik misses with a right hand and Blaydes takes him back to the floor. Once again the fight does not last on the canvas long and we are back to standing. Both men are throwing wild punches now. Huge uppercuts from both fighters. They break and Blaydes drops Oleinik with a massive punch. Oleinik somehow survives and gets back up to his feet. He presses Blaydes against the cage and once again some wild punches are thrown. The horn sounds to end a crazy first round of action.
Round two begins and Oleinik quickly presses forward with punches. Blaydes avoids any real damage and then lands a nice uppercut. The Russian veteran returns fire with a left hook followed by a leg kick. Blaydes opts to shoot in and scores a nice double leg takedown. Curtis is working from guard now. He decides to stand up. Oleinik attempts to do the same but Blaydes catches him with a kick to the ear while he is down. The doctor is called in. The fight is being called off by the doctor. The crowd in New York is irate.