LAS VEGAS — UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes dominated Alexander Volkov with wrestling Saturday evening, earning his fourth consecutive victory in a suffocating unanimous determination.
Featherweight Josh Emmett received a unanimous decision above Shane Burgos in a thrilling joint overall performance in the course of the penultimate bout of the most current present from the admirer-free of charge UFC Apex fitness center in the mixed martial arts promotion’s hometown.
Blaydes (14-2) showcased his top-quality wrestling skills from the get started from Volkov, getting down the towering Russian within just the 1st 10 seconds and then dominating the initially 3 1/2 rounds. Volkov (31-8) landed his own takedown late in the fourth and nailed Blaydes with a few strikes early in the fifth, but Blaydes pushed via and received by bending the fight to his distinct strengths on the ground.
“It’s often a great expertise to know you can go 25 minutes, and there’s matters you will need to get the job done on, but you find out them in a gain,” Blaydes mentioned. “I will need to do the job on my conditioning immediately after the 3rd spherical, but I’m delighted with the gain. 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 crystal clear concept how he will get property to Russia because of to journey limits amid the coronavirus pandemic. He experienced gained 7 of his last eight fights, but hadn’t competed considering the fact that his 1-sided victory about Greg Hardy in Moscow past yr.
Blaydes gained on the judges’ scorecards 49-46, 48-47 and 48-46.
Blaydes and Francis Ngannou are the most probable contenders to get the next shot at the UFC heavyweight title soon after winner Stipe Miocic completes his trilogy with former two-belt champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 on Aug. 15. Ngannou is dependable for the only two losses of Blaydes’ profession, winning their bouts in 2016 and 2018.
Emmett and Burgos put on the functionality of the night with a intriguing slugfest, with Emmett successful 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27. The 35-year-previous Emmett (16-2) persevered by a knee harm in the 1st spherical to land two knockdowns and a dominant 3rd round, but Burgos absorbed remarkable punishment and thought he had earned a decision.
“Dana, I told you, get that checkbook completely ready!” Emmett shouted quickly following the battle in the direction of UFC President Dana White, who arms out the promotion’s bonuses for exceptional performances.
The function was the fourth of 5 consecutive UFC exhibits held around 5 weekends with no admirers on its company campus. Soon after subsequent week’s display headlined by Dustin Poirier’s assembly with Dan Hooker, the UFC will shift to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi for 4 displays in 14 days, starting with UFC 251 on July 12.
Veteran Jim Miller finished Roosevelt Roberts with an armbar in the initial spherical of his most recent milestone fight. The 36-12 months-old Miller (32-14) matched Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s report 35th physical appearance in a UFC cage, and his 21st UFC victory remaining him trailing only Cerrone (23) and Demian Maia (22) in the promotion’s history.
Previous bantamweight title contender Raquel Pennington (11-8) earned only her second acquire given that 2016 with a distinct choice in excess of 42-year-previous high school teacher Marion Reneau. Pennington’s fiancée, Tecia Torres, snapped her 4-fight skid considering the fact that 2017 with a a single-sided final decision above Brianna Van Buren on the early undercard.
Justin Jaynes had a storybook UFC debut, stopping Frank Camacho with strikes in just 41 seconds. The 30-year-outdated Jaynes acknowledged the struggle only a few days back when Matt Frevola was pulled from the Las Vegas card simply because of a teammate’s favourable coronavirus test.
In two matchups pitting seasoned veterans, Lauren Murphy received a unanimous choice above fellow veteran flyweight Roxanne Modafferi, and Bobby Green managed his gain about Clay Guida.