UFC 260 Preliminary Card: Modestas Bukauskas vs Michal Oleksiejczuk- Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/26/2021, 10:51 AM EDT


UFC light heavyweights Modestas Bukauskas and Michal Oleksiejczuk will square off on the preliminary card for UFC 260 in Vegas. Fight fans have earmarked the aforementioned 205-pound scrap as a lock for ‘Fight of the Night’. When both men get into their groove, it’s traditionally been hard to prevent a show of fireworks.

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The 205-pound division has a strong spotlight on it after the recent ‘champion vs champion’ title fight that took place at UFC 259. Jan Blachowicz held off Israel Adesanya and proved to the divisional contenders that he’s the man in charge. Chiefly, the Polish champion has set an increasingly high standard for the light-heavyweights looking to be champions.

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UFC 260: Modestas Bukauskas vs Michal Oleksiejczuk

Modestas Bukauskas is coming off a loss to Jimmy Crute via KO in his last outing back from October 2020. ‘The Baltic Warrior’ enters into each fight with a ‘kill or be killed’ mentality that has served him well thus far. Prior to the defeat to Crute, Modestas Bukauskas was on a 7-fight win streak that dated back to March 2018.

 

13 out of his 14 professional fights haven’t gone the distance and earning stoppages is second nature to him. Moreover, he’s able to mix up his offense to both striking and grappling, thus keeping his opponents on his toes. His battle with Oleksiejczuk is a pick-em’ in every sense of the word and comes in as a freight train collision.

Michael Oleksiejczuk is coming off two back-to-back submission losses to Jimmy Crute and Ovince St-Preux. Besides having a common opponent in Crute. Oleksiejczuk’s fighting style is very similar to that of Bukauskas. However, Michal Oleksiejczuk’s defensive game leaves plenty to be desired.

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He’s rather overzealous on the ground and this has come to haunt him, especially against adept grapplers. He won’t be overly concerned about being taken down by Modestas Bukauskas as a stand-up war is what’s on the cards. However, he’ll give himself the best possible chance if he trades in the pocket responsibly.

Prediction: Modestas Bukauskas to claim a second-round KO victory.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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