Ilir Latifi out of Aleksei Oleinik fight at UFC Columbus


Aleksei Oleinik will have to wait even longer for a shot at his 60th win.

The UFC announced Saturday Ilir Latifi has been forced to pull out of his planned bout against Oleinik due to a non-COVID related illness. This was scheduled to occur on Saturday’s UFC Columbus maincard. The main card is expected to feature five bouts. It’s not known yet if there will be a preliminary fight or whether it will move up.

After a booking in February fell through due to Alexander Romanov withdrawing for unknown reasons, Latifi would make his first appearance as 2022. The Swedish veteran is coming off of a split decision win this past June over Tanner Boser that improved his record to 1-1 since moving up to the heavyweight division.

Oleinik is sitting on 59 career MMA wins since May 2020,, when he beat Fabricio Werdum in a split decision at UFC 249.. He has now lost his last three fights to Chris Daukaus and Sergey Spivak. Since , “The Boa Constrictor”, has been professionally fighting since

It wasn’t announced whether the Latifi – Oleinik bout would be moved to a later date.