Aleksei Oleinik vs. Ilir Latifi added to UFC Columbus


The hunt for the win is on. 60 continues for Aleksei Oleinik.

MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin has confirmed with sources with knowledge of the matchup that Oleinik (59-16-1) will fight Ilir Latifi (15-8, 1 NC) in a heavyweight bout at UFC Columbus on March 26. The bout was first reported by

This is a welcome booking for both men who recently saw matchups fizzle, with Oleinik withdrawing from a bout against Greg Hardy scheduled for UFC 270 on Jan. 22, and Latifi losing a Feb. 19 booking when Alexander Romanov withdrew from the contest.

In his attempt to win his 60th professional MMA title, Oleinik lost his last three fights. He lost a unanimous decision against Serghei SPivac in his latest bout. This was following back-to-back TKO defeats to Chris Daukaus, and Derrick Lewis.

Latifi is 1-1 since moving up to the UFC’s heavyweight division. He won a split decision over Tanner Boser last June to rebound from a decision loss to Lewis in February 2020.

UFC Columbus takes places at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 26. A headliner is still to be announced.