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UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson - Idiot's Guide and Preview to Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk

Here are the 3 things you need to know for Jared Rosholt's bout against Heavyweight journeyman Oleksiy Oliynyk in Austin, Texas.

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The Match Up

Heavyweight Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk

3 Things You Should Know

1. Oliynyk fights like it's the year Soundgarden just released Superunknown, and Paul Varelens could be standing across from him at any time.

A lot of casual fans don't even know who the hell Oleksiy is. And this fight isn't all the exciting on paper. Which is being generous. But there's a rugged simplicity to his game. It's the old school mentality of keep a strong one note, and make sure you can hold that tune until the piano keys break.

There's nothing complicated about his game. He's got some pretty high profile wins: notably Mirko Filipovic, Dion Staring, and Jeff Monson. Precisely because he knows what he's not. I don't think Oliynyk is a quality UFC fighter, but there's virtue in simplicity. We laud fighters for being well rounded, and for good reason. The best fighters make being well rounded look effortless. They're comfortable no matter how violent it gets, be it on the feet, or on the ground.

But I also wonder how often fighters are hindered by too much coaching, and too much information. Your strengths are what make you special. Your weaknesses will always follow you because they don't speak to your habits, or sensibilities. I'm no coach, but my advice to young fighters would be to keep it minimalist. It's a fight. Not a chess match. You don't need formula, and intuition. You need intuition, and perception. Even the illusion of well roundedness can be enough to put an opponent on tilt. Or so my philosophy that should probably be spared for a rough draft goes.

TL;DR - Oleksiy, who owns neither a simple to spell first or last name, keeps it simple stupid.

2. Jared Rosholt is a solid prospect. The 3 time Big 12 Finalist, and NCAA standout walks the walk, but does so like it's a DUI stop.

Rosholt is an interesting guy. There are times when I want to compare him to his brother, Jake. Which isn't fair because a) Jake got an unfair shake in the UFC and b) they're fairly different despite some surface level similarities.

Both were fairly one dimensional fighters. But they're high end specialists using a style that typically works as the swiss army solution. However, Rosholt is an interesting counterpoint to Oleksiy. Jake failed, to the extent that he didn't pan out like many thought he would, because of he was never comfortable integrating his specialties with everything else. He's exactly the kind of fighter I'm talking about in the above paragraphs: felt like the game demanded that he learn so many different elements, and then fought like he had to prove he could learn more than what he brought to the dance in the first place. It's an abstract criticism, and one I sometimes sense Jared is close to making.

He hasn't yet, but you see the tug of war in his mind on the feet. He's got a lot work to do with his boxing, but he keeps improving.

3. The clinch is the reason Oliynyk isn't higher than +195.

It's as simple as that. Oliynyk doesn't shoot quick enough to be a threat in this bout. It's an old school styles makes fights bout. His slow shot would be one thing, but against Rosholt, it's a death knell the likes of which we haven't seen since a couple of New Yorkers thought about robbing Renzo Gracie in the middle of the street. Rosholt is slow too, which means Oliynyk will smash with Rosholt enough for us to hear the clacking of sweat and meat. Jared can be good with his strikes, where what he lacks in speed, he makes up for in collision.


Jared Rosholt by Decision.