Aleksei Oleinik suffered a brutal knockout loss against fellow UFC fighter Oli Thompson.
On May 26, Oleinik returned to action for the first time since parting ways with the UFC. The 45-year-old headlined an REV TV Fight Club event, with the hopes of getting back on track. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned for ‘The Boa Constrictor.’
It didn’t take long for Thompson to make a statement inside the Dynamo Volleyball Arena in Moscow, Russia. With 37 seconds left in the first round, Oleinik was caught off guard by a right hand that knocked him unconscious. ‘The Boa Constrictor’ fell back and created a scary sight when his head bounced off the ground.
Oleinik’s knockout loss against Thompson was a devastating loss for his fighting career. ‘The Boa Constrictor’ was once a UFC heavyweight contender who won six out of his first eight Octagon appearances.
After losing six of his next eight fights, the 46-year-old was matched up against Ilir Latifi in October 2022. Oleinik lost by unanimous decision, leading to his departure from the promotion. It’s unclear if he plans to retire, but his loss against Thompson could be a sign that there isn’t much gas left in the tank.
Watch Oli Thompson’s shocking knockout against Aleksei Oleinik below:
Oli Thompson ended a four-fight losing streak by knocking out Aleksei Oleinik
After starting his professional MMA career with a 9-2 record, Oli Thompson made his UFC debut in 2012. The English fighter lost inside against Shawn Jordan and Phil De Fries before parting ways with the promotion.
Since his UFC departure, Thompson has fought in various promotions worldwide. Throughout his 37-fight career, ‘The Spartan’ has held the heavyweight title in Fight Exclusive Night, Road FC, Ultimate Challenge MMA, and Inoki Genome Federation.
Over the past two and a half years, the former Britain’s Strongest Man struggled to secure a win. He suffered four consecutive losses, including three inside the distance. Luckily for Thompson, he got back on track with the highlight-reel knockout against Aleksei Oleinik.
Only time will tell if ‘The Spartan’ can secure another heavyweight title somewhere around the world.