Once again, Jared Rosholt (11-1) is scheduled to face Oleksiy Oliynyk (49-9-1) in a Heavyweight clash. The two were supposed to fight back in January at UFC on FOX 12. However, Oliynyk suffered and injury and pulled out, causing Rosholt to also be scratched from the free card. This bout will take place at UFC Fight Night 57 on Nov. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Rosholt is coming off the biggest win of his MMA career, ending Soa Palelei’s 11-fight winning streak with a Unanimous Decision at UFC Fight Night 43 in New Zealand. He is 3-0 in the UFC and has won seven consecutive. “The Big Show” asked for a big name after the win – specifically Josh Barnett – but ended up with the 59-fight veteran, Oliynyk, who is no easy task.
Oliynyk had a successful UFC debut in his last fight, submitting Anthony Hamilton with a first-round Neck Crank on the same doubleheader as when Rosholt last fought but at UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio. “The Boa Constrictor” is on a 10-fight winning streak with all ten fights being finishes. He holds notable wins over Adlan Amagov, Thiago Santos, Jeff Monson, and Mirko Cro Cop.
Also on the UFC’s second trip to Austin, Luke Barnatt (8-1) will take on Roger Narvaez (6-1) in a Middleweight bout.
Barnatt suffered his first loss, losing a controversial Split Decision to Sean Strickland at UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin. There was not much action in the fight but many believed “Bigslow” should still be unbeaten. Barnatt was on TUF 17, competing for Team Sonnen. Although he only made it to the quarter-finals, he has done well after the show, defeating Collin Hart, Andrew Craig, and Mats Nilsson.
Narvaez replaced Francimar Barroso on short notice to take on Patrick Cummins in his UFC debut. The bout took place at Light Heavyweight, a division higher than where Narvaez normally competes at. He suffered the first loss of his MMA career, losing to “Durkin” via second-round TKO. Now “The Silverback” is fighting back at his normal weight class and will have a proper training camp when he fights in over two months.
These two bouts will join Matt Wiman vs. Isaac Valle-Flagg, Paige VanZant vs. Kailin Curran, and Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 57. However, a headliner has yet to be named for the promotion’s return to Austin.