Alexander Volkov out of UFC St. Petersburg major occasion, Aleksei Oleinik steps in to combat Alistair Overeem

Aleksei Oleinik is getting an sudden second straight major occasion alternative.

The UFC introduced Wednesday that well being points have compelled Alexander Volkov out of his scheduled assembly with Alistair Overeem at UFC St. Petersburg on April 20 and that Volkov will now get replaced within the headlining spot by Oleinik (57-11-1). ESPN was first to report the change.

Oleinik had beforehand been booked to combat Walt Harris at UFC Ottawa on Might four. Per the discharge, a brand new opponent shall be discovered for Harris.

In his final outing, the 41-year-old Oleinik defeated Mark Hunt by first-round submission in the principle occasion of UFC Moscow final September. Oleinik, a Ukrainian who fights out of Moscow, has received 4 of his final 5 fights, all by submission. He has 45 profession wins by that methodology of victory.

Overeem (44-17, 1 NC) is coming off of a first-round TKO of Sergey Pavlovich at UFC Beijing final November. That snapped a two-fight skid and improved his report within the Octagon to 9-6.

UFC St. Petersburg takes place at Yubileyny Sports activities Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 20. The primary card will air reside on the ESPN+ streaming service.

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