On Saturday, April 20, the UFC makes its second trip to Russia, hosting its seventh event on ESPN+ from the Yubileyniy Arena in St. Petersburg.
In the night’s main event, former heavyweight title challenger and longtime combat sports icon Alistair Overeem takes on submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik. Overeem was originally tabbed to face Alexander Volkov, but the Russian was pulled from the card and replaced by his countryman Oleinik on short notice. Overeem aims to build on the momentum of his stoppage win over Sergei Pavlovich in November. Oleinik was last in action at the promotion’s Russian debut last September, submitting Mark Hunt.
The 12-fight event kicks off with six preliminary-card bouts streaming live on ESPN+ at 10 a.m. ET. The six-fight main card follows at 1 p.m. ET, also on ESPN+.
Above is video of the event’s post-fight press conference (courtesy of the UFC) which kicks off approximately 30 minutes after the main event between Overeem and Oleinik.
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Marcelo Golm vs. Sergei Pavlovich
Devin Clark vs. Ivan Shtyrkov
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko
Alen Amedovski vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura
Alex da Silva vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Marcin Tybura
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Rafael Fiziev vs. Magomed Mustafaev