Saturday night at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ., Ukrainian born Russian heavyweight Oleksiy Oliynyk, aptly named “The Boa Constrictor” made history by becoming the first fighter in the UFC to score an Ezekiel choke.
The 4th degree jiu-jitsu black belt (from bottom) took under three minutes of the opening stanza to wrap his arms around the neck of Viktor Pesta, thus forcing the near-unconscious Czech Republic native to tap out.
Oliynyk, 39, who has bounced around various promotions (Bellator and KSW to name a few) since making his pro debut almost 20 years ago, has 41 submissions in 50 career wins.
Furthermore, the Ezekiel choke, the 10th of his professional career, is his go-to submission of choice. On Nov. 23, 2007 at the Perm Regional MMA Federation – MMA Professional Cup, Oliynyk submitted three opponents via the aforementioned method.
To date, Oliynyk has executed a variation of ten submissions, some of which include the scarf-hold headlock and bulldog choke submissions.
Still, the grappling machine who holds an International Master of Sports degree in Combat Sambo has been submitted twice before – the last one coming in 2004.
Fighting out of the Red Devil Sport Club, Oliynyk (51-10-1 MMA) has gone 3-1 (three finishes) since joining the UFC back in 2014.
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