Tom Aspinall had a big test in front of him in the main event of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 204, and he passed it with ease.
Aspinall (11-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) submitted former Bellator champion and longtime UFC contender Alexander Volkov in the first round of their contest. The official stoppage came at the 3:45 mark of Round 1.
It was a dominant showing by the Briton The 28-year-old outworked Volkov (34-9 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in all areas of the game. Early in the round, Aspinall connected on Volkov while also avoiding any big shots coming his way. Aspinall then took Volkov down and landed heavy ground-and-pound to split him open on the side of his head. Volkov got back up, but eventually was taken down again and submitted seconds later with a straight armlock.
Volkov was unable to build off his unanimous decision win over Marcin Tybura at UFC 267 this past October. He’s 1-2 in his past three fights.
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UFC Fight Night 204 results:
Tom Aspinall def. Alexander Volkov via submission (straight armlock) – Round 1, 3:45
Arnold Allen def. Dan Hooker via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:33
Paddy Pimblett def. Kazula Vargas via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:49
Gunnar Nelson def. Takashi Sato via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Molly McCann def. Luana Carolina via knockout (spinning back elbow) – Round 3, 1:52
Ilia Topuria def. Jai Herbert via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 1:07
Makwan Amirkhani def. Mike Grundy via technical submission (anaconda choke) – Round 1, 0:57
Sergei Pavlovich def. Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:03
Paul Craig def. Nikita Krylov via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:57
Jack Shore def. Timur Valiev via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Elise Reed def. Cory McKenna via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Muhammad Mokaev def. Cody Durden via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:58