Aleksei Oleinik likes to submit people.
The 41-year old Russian had his first UFC main event in his 69th career fight on Saturday at UFC Moscow. And he subjected veteran Mark Hunt to his favorite method of finishing the fight, scoring his eye-popping 47th career submission win.
A rear-naked choke got the job done at the 4:26 mark of the opening round. That gives Oleinik 12 career RNC finishes, which ties his 12 career Ekeziel chokes for his most-executed finishes.
“I planned and I practiced submission victories in my prep, but the Ezekiel choke wasn’t one of them,” Oleinik said.
Things weren’t looking so great for Oleinik in the outgoing, as the hard-hitting Hunt peppered Oleinik with nasty leg kicks. Oleinik himself later admitted he felt the sting.
“I totally felt it,” Oleinik said. “Probably three or four more of these and it probably would have affected the outcome.”
But he wobbled Hunt with a punch, dropped him, and wasted little time working his magic on the ground, as he secured the choke and made the popular “Super Samoan” tap.
The 44-year old Hunt dropped to 13-13-1, having lost two straight and three of his past four. He wouldn’t take the bait when prodded on his future, instead choosing to let the victor bask in the spotlight.
“Congrats to the victor and enjoy the journey up,” he said.