23-Year-Old UFC Light Heavyweight 13-2-0
June 12, 2018 Michal Oleksiejczuk News
RotoWire Fantasy Analysis
Oleksiejczuk was suspended one year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), retroactive to Dec. 30, 2017, for a positive test for the banned substance clomiphene, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
Oleksiejczuk was already serving the same one-year suspension handed down by the Nevada Athletic Commission, so this is essentially an affirmation by USADA of the commission's findings. The light heavyweight fighter has already seen his UFC debut -- a victory over Khalil Rountree -- overturned to a no-contest, and he won't be eligible to compete again until December 29, 2018.
Michal Oleksiejczuk: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Fantasy AnalysisOleksiejczuk will have to wait at least a year before he can take part in his second UFC fight. In addition, he will be fined $3,600 and must pass a drug test before he is allowed to return.
Fantasy AnalysisOleksiejczuk is at risk of having his unanimous decision victory over Khalil Rountree reversed after failing his recent drug test. The 22-year-old will go through USADA protocol and could face further disciplinary sanctions in the future.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was quite an effort from Oleksiejczuk despite entering as a massive underdog. He weathered the early storm that the muscular Rountree threw his way and slowly took control of the fight as it progressed. Oleksiejczuk displayed great poise for a 22-year-old kid making his UFC debut in a big spot. Michal is now riding a 10-fight winning streak and his performance on Saturday on short notice will earn him some brownie points with the UFC brass. He is a young prospect to watch in a division that is painfully thin.
Fantasy AnalysisOleksiejczuk is 12-2 in his MMA career and hasn't lost a fight in over two years. However, he'll be switching over to UFC for the first time and will now act as a fill-in against Rountree, as Rountree's original opponent, Gokhan Saki, pulled out for an undisclosed reason. Oleksiejczuk was originally slated to make his debut at UFC 217, though Ion Cutelaba was flagged for a potential doping violation and the fight was cancelled. That makes this fight Oleksiejczuk's UFC debut and it will be a tough one, with Rountree coming off back-to-back first-round stoppage wins over Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly. Neither fighter specializes in submissions, so look for much of this fight to be spent on their feet.