Thursday, August 06, 2020

Aleksei Oleinik is 43, has been fighting professionally since 1996 earning a 59-13-1 record at middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. He's on a two-fight win streak in the UFC, early this year winning his fifth performance bonus.

During a recent UFC on ESPN+32 virtual media scrum "The Boa Constrictor" talked about his fight Saturday night vs. Derrick Lewis in the main event. Oleinik was also asked for the secret to how he lasted so well, in a game for the young.

“Nothing special,” replied Oleinik. “I just don’t give up even when it gets very difficult. I train always and I eat good food. I have a family, my family helps me in my preparations. I have many fans and I have my own will. I will always be better and better and better.”

This will be Oleinik's third, five-round main event, but he denied caring much about where in the card he is.

"I don’t have more adrenaline because whether it’s main event or prelims or just main card fight, because I prepare for my fights,” said Oleinik. “I prepare for my opponent and I don’t watch whether my fight is up or down. I’m in the UFC in the best promotion in the world and I fight the best guys in the world.”

Call it UG - who wins on Saturday night, "The Black Beast" or "The Boa Constrictor"?

h/t Danny Segura and Ken Hathaway for MMA Junkie