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UFC Vegas 61 results: Ilir Latifi defeats submission specialist Alexey Oleinik

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Swedish heavyweight Ilir Latifi just clashed with Alexey Oleinik at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Photo: USA Today Sports

Swedish heavyweight Ilif Latifi just clashed with veteran Alexey Oleinik at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

The first round started with a measured approach from both fighters. Latifi took the fight to the grund and landed shots from the top on his opponent.

In the second round, Oleinik pressured but got tagged with heavy shots. Latifi took the fight to the canvas, and landed good ground-and-pound. By the end of the round Oleinik had several cuts.

Latifi landed well in the third round, but Oleinik kept marching forward. ”Sledgehammer” secured another takedown by the end of the round. After the final bell, all three judges rewarded the Swede’s solid performance with 30-27 on the scorecards.

“He is a legend in this sport,” Latifi said after the fight. “It was a hard challenge.”

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Ilir Latifi: “We see what happens after this”

In the post-fight interview, Ilir Latifi revealed that he fought with a Staph infection and a fever. However, the Swedish heavyweight certainly did the best of the fight.

“This was my last fight on my contract. You know, I turn 40 now, and I don’t know what will happen after this. I want to say special thanks to the UFC, it’s been a amazing run.” Latifi said. “We see what happens after this.”

UFC Vegas 61 official results

Main Card

  • Yan Xiaonan def. Mackenzie Dern via majority decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-47)
  • Randy Brown def. Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Raoni Barcelos def. Trevin Jones via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sodiq Yusuff def. Don Shainis via submission (guillotine choke), Round 1
  • Mike Davis def. Viacheslav Borshchev via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26)

Preliminary Card

  • Daniel Santos def. John Castaneda via KO (strikes), Round 2
  • Ilir Latifi def. Aleksei Oleinik via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Joaquim Silva def. Jesse Ronson via TKO (flying knee and punches), Round 2
  • Brendan Allen def. Krzysztof Jotko via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1
  • Chelsea Chandler def. Julija Stoliarenko via TKO (punches), Round 1
  • Guido Cannetti def. Randy Costa via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1

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