The UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn preliminary card has served up what will hold up as one of the most extraordinary results of the year.
Heavyweight veteran Oleksiy Oliynyk was fully mounted by Viktor Pesta, and sure enough the fight ended in a tap. Pesta won, right? Wrong. Oliynyk, who entered tonight having won 9 fights this way, recorded the first Ezekiel choke finish in UFC history. I’ve never ever seen anyone get submitted while in full mount.
Here’s Eddie Mercado’s play-by-play, accompanied with video of the finish: (Note: It might be geo-restricted for non-US readers)
Round 1- Oliynyk presses forward throwing a few overhand rights. A right left combo misses for Oliynyk. Oliynyk presses Pesta against the cage, looking for the takedown. Pesta turns Oliynyk into the cage and earns a takedown off of a body lock. Pesta lands in half guard and begins to unload some punches to the face of Oliynyk. Pesta moves to the front head lock, and then to the back where he lands some substantial strikes. Oliynyk scrambles and Pesta moves into the full mount. Oliynyk pulls off an Ezekiel choke from the bottom! Unorthodox submission win for Oliynyk!
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Viktor Pesta by Submission (Ezekiel Choke) at 2:57 of round 1
He’s not Alexey “The Boa Constrictor” Oleynik for nothin’!
What a submission!!#UFCPhoenixhttps://t.co/gVkOl1jhSY
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 16, 2017
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