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You guys might recall that Aleksander Emelianenko was tentatively scheduled to rematch Mirko Cro Cop at the end of the year – an announcement that was somewhat gushed over here at CagePotato. That was, of course, until Emelianenko decided to beat up a 63 year-old army veteran on his birthday. Classy stuff, Al. Unfortunately for us PRIDE fanboys, the resulting legal action taken against Emelianenko has ensured that none such rematch will happen.
FightersOnly passes along the news that Emelianenko has been pulled from his Legends 2 fight with Cro Cop on November 8th and replaced by some other Russian dude named Alex. Specifically, Alexey “The Boa Constrictor” Oleinik, who it turns out might be a bigger threat to Cro Cop than Emelianenko could ever dream of being:
Alexey Oleinik fighter will replace him, says promoter Ruslan Suleymanov. Oleinik is a Bellator and KSW veteran with a 47-9 record. He is known as ‘The Boa Constrictor’ and has 38 submissions wins to his name.
“This is one of the top Russian heavyweights in MMA. Oleynik won many times over the last few months. With Alexei we can expect a very good fight,” said Sulejmanov.
Despite suffering the misfortune of being TKO’d by Neil Grove in his most mainstream appearance (under the Bellator banner back in 2010), Oleinik will be riding an eight fight win streak into his fight with Cro Cop that includes submission victories over Jeff Monson (!), Tony “Don’t Mad Dog Ma Wife” Lopez and Dion Staring.
It should be noted, however, that Olenik holds zero PRIDE fights to his credit. Therefore, this matchup is garbage-ass and I hate it and you and everyone else who approves of it and you can all go f*ck yourselves.