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UFC Moscow clips: Ranking the Finishes, from Oleinik to WTF is wrong with Herb Dean

Moscow, Russia – The Russians reigned supreme at UFC Moscow, to the delight of over 22,000 boisterous fans soaking in the UFC’s first trip to the MMA superpower of the East. Five finishes were sprinkled throughout the 12 fight event, with none bigger than the main event submission authored by Aleksei Oleinik at the expense of fellow heavyweight legend Mark Hunt. Check out all 5 finishes from UFC Moscow, ranked for your amusement or annoyance, plus clips of the Son/Yan Fight of the Night.

 

 

#1 Oleinik strangles Hunt

It turns out that Mark Hunt has a neck, after all! Hunto hadn’t been subbed in years but he fell prey to the insane squeeze of Aleksei Oleinik in the UFC Moscow main event. The 41 year old Oleinik creaks about the cage like Frankenstein, but his striking is surprisingly effective and once “The Boa Constrictor” pounces on a dominant grappling position his athletic talents start to shine through. It’s a pity that Fabricio Werdum had to get himself USADA’d, because otherwise Werdum vs Oleinik (the originally scheduled UFC Moscow headliner) would have been a hell of a matchup to crown the unofficial GOAT of heavyweight submission specialists.

 

 

#2 Ankalaev dusts Prachnio

For the first 14:59 of his March UFC debut, then-undefeated Magomed Ankalaev looked like a potential future player at 205. The Russian completely overwhelmed Scotland’s Paul Craig in that bout, until Craig choked him could with a triangle in the final second of round 3. Ankalaev had a chance to put that hiccup in his rearview against Marcin Prachnio and responded with an even more aggressive and more dominant performance than before. Prachnio is known as a striker, but he was the one who ate all the fire in this bout as Ankalaev used a hailstorm of kicks and punches to score a POTN bonus:

 

 

#3 Johnson chokes Yandiev

You may have thought that taking a short notice bout on the opposite side of the globe would pose problems for Jordan Johnson – not exactly ideal conditions for your first cut to 185! Yet none of that fazed Johnson, as he smooshed the smaller Adam Yandiev down to the mat and squeezed the life out of him in short order. “Big Swinging” Johnson looks like he could be a force at 185, as long as he can find ways to put increasingly high-level opponents against the cage and on the ground. Yandiev showed none of his old explosion after coming out of a three year retirement.

 

 

#4 Blachowicz taps Krylov

Sure, it was a pretty interesting looking finish from top-5 UFC light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz, who turned this into a laugher on the ground before squeezing an arm triangle from body scissors position. Unlike some unique subs, this finish had a lot to do with Nikita Krylov’s continued inability to master fundamental choke defense. The flashy kareteka, who has been choked out in all five of his career defeats, even gave Blachowicz a clear shot at cinching up a Von Flue choke when he held a guillotine from under side control earlier in the fight. That’s the exact same easily-preventable move that Krylov tapped to against OSP back in 2014.  Either way, it was a nice day of work for Jan Blachowicz, who picked up his 5th straight UFC win and impressed Dana & Co. enough to pick up an extra $50k for the finish.

 

 

 

#5 Dean lets Dollaway eat it

Apologies to UFC debutant Khalid Murtazaliev, who toughed out early danger from CB Dollaway and rightfully should have should have earned a clean round 2 TKO stoppage. Instead, this finish became all about Herb Dean, who decided to let a completely motionless Dollaway get bludgeoned with strike-after-strike over an extended, 30+ second long sequence. Past-their-prime fighters get put out to pasture constantly and replaced with new talent, yet the same old refs are trotted out ad infinitum, no questions asked. Perhaps it’s time to retire, Herb? Clearly something is affecting the man’s ability to make clear decisions, if he’s the last person in the arena to realize that Dollaway isn’t even coming close to intelligent defense here.

 

 

Bonus – Son & Yan throw down in the FOTN

Korean Zombie disciple Jin Soo Son stepped up on short notice and smiled his way through a wild, violence-packed 15 minute brawl with former ACB star Petr Yan. Yan is already known as an action fighter, and he plastered Son with an array of sharp strikes including solid straight punches and a dazzling spinning elbow. Son was as game as they come, though, and kept the fight close with return fire that earned a FOTN bonus – though only Yan collected the cash, since the South Korean came in overweight. Post-fight, Petr Yan called for a battle with Brazilian warrior John Lineker. What a scrap that would be!

 

 

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