LAS VEGAS — UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes dominated Alexander Volkov with wrestling Saturday night, earning his fourth consecutive victory in a suffocating unanimous conclusion.
Featherweight Josh Emmett received a unanimous determination more than Shane Burgos in a thrilling joint efficiency during the penultimate bout of the most up-to-date clearly show from the admirer-no cost UFC Apex health and fitness center in the blended martial arts promotion’s hometown.
Blaydes (14-2) showcased his exceptional wrestling skills from the get started versus Volkov, using down the towering Russian inside of the initial 10 seconds and then dominating the initial 3 1/2 rounds. Volkov (31-8) landed his possess takedown late in the fourth and nailed Blaydes with a few strikes early in the fifth, but Blaydes pushed as a result of and won by bending the struggle to his crystal clear strengths on the floor.
“It’s always a excellent experience to know you can go 25 minutes, and there’s issues you will need to operate on, but you learn them in a win,” Blaydes said. “I need to have to work on my conditioning right after the 3rd spherical, but I’m pleased with the get. Volkov is legit, and I’m a person phase nearer to a title shot.”
The 6-foot-7 Volkov flew to the U.S. with no very clear plan how he will get property to Russia thanks to vacation limitations amid the coronavirus pandemic. He experienced gained 7 of his last 8 fights, but hadn’t competed considering the fact that his just one-sided victory about Greg Hardy in Moscow past 12 months.
Blaydes received on the judges’ scorecards 49-46, 48-47 and 48-46.
Blaydes and Francis Ngannou are the most possible contenders to get the subsequent shot at the UFC heavyweight title after winner Stipe Miocic completes his trilogy with previous two-belt champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 on Aug. 15. Ngannou is responsible for the only two losses of Blaydes’ vocation, successful their bouts in 2016 and 2018.
Emmett and Burgos place on the effectiveness of the night with a interesting slugfest, with Emmett successful 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27. The 35-12 months-previous Emmett (16-2) persevered by means of a knee injuries in the first round to land two knockdowns and a dominant third spherical, but Burgos absorbed huge punishment and considered he experienced acquired a decision.
“Dana, I informed you, get that checkbook ready!” Emmett shouted straight away soon after the struggle in the way of UFC President Dana White, who palms out the promotion’s bonuses for remarkable performances.
The celebration was the fourth of five consecutive UFC demonstrates held around 5 weekends with no supporters on its corporate campus. Just after upcoming week’s demonstrate headlined by Dustin Poirier’s meeting with Dan Hooker, the UFC will transfer to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi for four displays in 14 times, starting with UFC 251 on July 12.
Veteran Jim Miller finished Roosevelt Roberts with an armbar in the 1st round of his most up-to-date milestone fight. The 36-calendar year-aged Miller (32-14) matched Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s file 35th physical appearance in a UFC cage, and his 21st UFC victory left him trailing only Cerrone (23) and Demian Maia (22) in the promotion’s background.
Previous bantamweight title contender Raquel Pennington (11-8) attained only her 2nd earn given that 2016 with a crystal clear decision more than 42-calendar year-previous large faculty trainer Marion Reneau. Pennington’s fiancée, Tecia Torres, snapped her four-struggle skid considering that 2017 with a just one-sided conclusion about Brianna Van Buren on the early undercard.
Justin Jaynes had a storybook UFC debut, halting Frank Camacho with strikes in just 41 seconds. The 30-12 months-previous Jaynes recognized the struggle only 3 times in the past when Matt Frevola was pulled from the Las Vegas card due to the fact of a teammate’s beneficial coronavirus examination.
In two matchups pitting seasoned veterans, Lauren Murphy received a unanimous decision around fellow veteran flyweight Roxanne Modafferi, and Bobby Green managed his earn in excess of Clay Guida.