Volkov erased Fabricio Werdum's early gains and knocked out the two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist in the fourth round of their UFC Fight Night 127 main event on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London.
Headlining the card is a pivotal heavyweight match-up between the division's former ruler Fabricio Werdum and Russian Alexander Volkov. Werdum stacks Volkov to drop some ground-and-pound but goes back down into full guard. Volkov last fight was a third round TKO victory over Stefan Struve, and he'll look to continue climbing the heavyweight rankings.
Werdum rushed across the cage at the sound of the opening bell and quickly changed levels to put Volkov on his back.More news: WHAT TO EXPECT: Severe Storm Potential Monday
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As a result, this one is all about seeing where Duquesnoy stands in the division and if he's still someone to be really excited about in the bantamweight division. Gustafsson, just one fight removed from almost defeating Jon Jones for the UFC title at the time, represented the ideal foe for Manuwa to prove himself and climb his way to the top. It will be the first time the fight promotion has held an event in the Russian Federation. We got some big boys throwing down here, but there is good amount of well-matched fights on the undercard as well. Manuwa edged out Błachowicz on the scorecards in their first meeting.
If Volkov had his way, he'd fight for the title at UFC 228 on September 15 at Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia. "But he punched me and nearly broke my nose", Werdum told TMZ Sports.
What's insane is that if he wins - especially if he does so in impressive fashion - Werdum will remain right there in the mix for a title shot or at the very least a date with a top contender. Even if Volkov doesn't get a title shot though, this was still a huge moment for the division as it signified another one of the old guard falling to a younger opponent. I want the title shot. With an already accomplished grappling game, the Polish-German fighter has developed a solid jab and kicking game which allowed him to emerge victorious in his last two outings.