Oleksiy Oliynyk to fill in against Viktor Pesta at UFC Fight Night 103

UFC heavyweight Oleksiy Oliynyk

Damien Grabowski has been removed from his upcoming bout against Viktor Pesta. The UFC has announced that Oleksiy Oliynyk will fill the void and face Pesta at UFC Fight Night 103. The card takes place Jan. 13 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

Oliynyk recently dropped his first bout in over four years. He had won 11-straight bouts before falling to Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC Fight Night 91 last July. The veteran made his UFC debut in 2014 and won his first two bouts in the promotion over Anthony Hamilton and Jared Rosholt. During his extensive career, Oliynyk has managed to score 50 victories including wins over the likes of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Jeff Monson.

Pesta also joined the UFC in 2014. He has gone 1-3 in the promotion with his only victory coming over Konstantin Erokhin at UFC on Fox 14. Since that inw, he has dropped back-to-back bouts against Derrick Lewis and Marcin Tybura.

In the main event of UFC Fight Night 103, UFC Hall of Fame member B.J. Penn will return to action against “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” winner Yair Rodriguez.