UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes defeated Alexander Volkov in UFC on ESPN 11 main event at UFC APEX in Las Vegas yesterday.
Blaydes got the W via UD, dominating his Russian adversary on the ground and now he has won 4 in a row.
The American showcased brilliant wrestling skills right from the get-go, taking him down in the opening 10 seconds and dominating Rounds 1,2,3 and 4. Volkov landed his own takedown late in the fourth and nailed Blaydes with a few strikes early in the fifth, but Blaydes pushed through and won by bending the fight to his clear strengths on the ground.
Curtis "Razor" Blaydes (-440) dominates the Main Event. 💪
He defeats Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (+480). pic.twitter.com/GgiMCFFh1w
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) June 21, 2020
Blaydes won on the judges’ scorecards 49-46, 48-47, and 48-46.
Blaydes and Francis Ngannou are the most likely contenders to get the next shot at the UFC heavyweight title after champion Stipe Miocic completes his trilogy with former two-belt champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 on Aug. 15.
UFC Fight Night 177 results
Curtis Blaydes def. Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision
Josh Emmett def. Shane Burgos via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27)
Emmett gets the win. Good decision.
— Harry’s Hook (@harrys_hook) June 21, 2020
Raquel Pennington def. Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Belal Muhammad def. Lyman Good via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jim Miller def. Roosevelt Roberts via sub (armbar) (R1, 2:25)
Bobby Green def. Clay Guida via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Tecia Torres def. Brianna Van Buren via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Marc-Andre Barriault def. Oskar Piechota via second-round TKO (4:50)
Gillian Robertson def. Cortney Casey via sub (RNC) (R3, 4:32)
Justin Jaynes def. Frank Camacho via first-round TKO (0:41)
Lauren Murphy def. Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Austin Hubbard def. Max Rohskopf via second-round TKO (5:00)