34-Year-Old UFC Heavyweight 19-7-1, 1NC
April 19, 2017 Daniel Omielanczuk News
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Omielanczuk will face Curtis Blaydes on July 8 at UFC 213, Shaun Al-Shatti of mmafighting.com reports.
At 34 years old, Omielanczuk enters the heavyweight bout sporting a 19-7 record. The Polish fighter will look to get back on track after dropping his last two fights. Though Omielanczuk has been with the company since 2013, his window to make a meaningful impact on the heavyweight title picture is beginning to close.
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Fantasy AnalysisOmielanczuk wanted to stay on the outside and land with rangy strikes. Early in the fight, it looked like he was going to be able to ride this strategy to a victory. However, as he began to get tired, Johnson was able to close the distance. From there, the former NCAA Division II wrestler was able to hold the fight against the cage and sway the judges. Omielanczuk has now lost back-to-back fights his record has fallen to 19-7-1.
Fantasy AnalysisOmielanczuk, 34, has been with the UFC since 2013. He recently had a three-fight winning streak snapped by seven-footer Stefan Struve, but will look to get back on track against the recently-ranked, No. 14 heavyweight Tim Johnson. The two do have one common opponent in the UFC in Jared Rosholt, who handed both men losses via unanimous decision.
Fantasy AnalysisOmielanczuk did the best he could but he was just giving away too much height and reach to the much bigger Struve. The opponents who give Struve the most trouble are explosive, quick athletes, and Omielanczuk is neither. He connect with a few shots in Round 1 when Struve didn't get out of the pocket quick enough after pushing forward, but as soon as Struve grabbed ahold of him, Omielanczuk was done. Now sporting a 4-3 record in his three-plus years in the UFC, Saturday was the first time in Omielanczuk's career that he was stopped.
Fantasy AnalysisThe scores were strange (perhaps one judge added incorrectly), but the end result was correct. There was a lot of talk earlier this month about Omielanczuk testing positive for meldonium, but the USDA ruled that the specific substance that he took could not be confirmed and he was never suspended. Two weeks later, he has an impressive win under his belt. Following back-to-back losses against Jared Rosholt and Anthony Hamilton, Omielanczuk has now run off three-straight wins.
Fantasy AnalysisThere are many questions surrounding the specific substance Omielanczuk took, as the drug has yet to be proven as a performance enhancer, yet was placed on the World Anti-Doping Agency banned substance list on Jan. 1 of this year. Due to that timing, it's possible that an athlete who tests positive may have ingested it prior to that date. As a result, Omielanczuk remains in line to fight Alexey Oleinik at UFC Sioux Falls on July 13.
Fantasy AnalysisDon't look now, but Omielanczuk is now above .500 (3-2) for his UFC career. Unfortunately, he gassed out so badly in this fight that he has no realistic chance of beating better competition in the UFC's heavyweight division. The fact the fight ended about three and a half minutes early after Danho couldn't recover from a low blow actually helped Omielanczuk. He was clearly winning at the time of the stoppage and he was fading as the fight went along. Despite the victory, Omielanczuk will never have meaning, title-implicating fights in his UFC career.