By Adam Martin
The UFC has a new addition to its heavyweight ranks.
According to Polish news outlet Attack Total, the UFC has signed heavyweight Daniel Omielanczuk to a new contract, and the deal is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
Omielanczuk (15-3-1, 1 NC) has won 11-straight fights and it was enough to get him noticed by UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. the 30-year-old native of Warsaw trains with former PRIDE heavyweight fighter Pawel Nastula, and he has nine submissions and well as one knockout victory to his credit, although none of his victories have come over any notable names.
Something to keep in mind is that Omielanczuk only started to fight in MMA professionally in 2009 when he was 26-years old. So it looks like he’s a late bloomer and that’s why the UFC has decided to sign him even though he’s 30 now.
Omielanczuk will be the fourth Polish-born fighter to step foot in the Octagon after Tomasz Drwal, Krzysztof Soszynski and Maciej Jewtuszko, although only Soszynski remains part of the current UFC roster.
Expect Omielanczuk to fight a lower-tiered heavyweight in his first bout in the UFC, perhaps against either Geronimo Dos Santos or Nandor Guelmino.
It’s doubtful that we’ll ever see Omielanczuk compete for the UFC heavyweight championship but it never hurts to have depth and this is a shrewd signing by the UFC, and perhaps a sign that they plan to visit the country of Poland one day.
What are your thoughts?