Hunt gets in grappling trouble in UFC Fight Night 136
Hunt gets in grappling trouble in UFC Fight Night 136

Aussie UFC legend choked out in Russia

MARK Hunt has been stunned with a first-round submission in the UFC's first foray into Russia at Olympic Stadium in Moscow in Fight Night 136.

The heavy-fancied Sydney-based Hunt slugged it out in the early stages of the main event fight with some heavy strikes but Russian-Ukrainian fighter Aleksei Oleinik found a way to take down the hulking Hunt.

Oleinik, known as "The Boa Constricter", lived up to his nickname, clinging on with a rear-naked choke, stopping the clock with 34 seconds left in the first round.

The result gives the 44-year-old Hunt his third loss in the past four matches, while for Oleinik, it's the 45th submission of his career.

A renowned striker, Hunt went into the bout ranked eighth in the world, three places above 41-year-old submission specialist Oleinik.

Hunt laid a brutal platform with some big early hits.

But Oleinik waited for his moment to take down the 'Super Samoan'.

Hunt was dominating early, opening a nasty gash on Oleinik, with the Ukranian celebrating post match with blood dripping down his face.

Speaking after the bout, Hunt said he knew he'd have to stay standing to win.

"Congratualtions to Aleksei, and enjoy the rest of the journey up," he said.

"He did a great job and got caught so that's his business - you win, you lose."

Oleinik said pre-fight it would be tough to choke out Hunt because "he doesn't have a neck".

After withstanding an early onslaught, Oleinik said via a translator he felt Hunt's power.

"I totally felt, probably three or four more of these (kicks) and would have affected the outcome of the fight perhaps," he said.

Oleinik is looking toward a potential title shot and said it doesn't matter who he fights to get there.

The much-anticipated fight had a decidedly friendly tone with the pair sharing jokes and light-hearted moments in the lead up.

But the fight was anything but friendly with Hunt's early onslaught.

Mark Hunt is back.
Mark Hunt is back.

Commentators were stunned by the result.

"This is not good," the commentators said when Oleinik first grabbed Hunt.

"Wow - 'The Boa Constrictor' strikes again."

Hunt hugged Oleinik after the bout in a moment of respect between the two veterans.

Social media was disappointed not to get more out of the bout but still had some praise for Hunt.