LAS VEGAS — UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes dominated Alexander Volkov with wrestling Saturday night, earning his fourth consecutive victory in a suffocating unanimous determination.
Featherweight Josh Emmett won a unanimous decision over Shane Burgos in a thrilling joint functionality during the penultimate bout of the latest clearly show from the admirer-free UFC Apex gym in the blended martial arts promotion’s hometown.
Blaydes (14-2) showcased his excellent wrestling abilities from the start off from Volkov, getting down the towering Russian inside the first 10 seconds and then dominating the very first 3 1/2 rounds. Volkov (31-8) landed his personal takedown late in the fourth and nailed Blaydes with a couple of strikes early in the fifth, but Blaydes pushed by and gained by bending the battle to his clear strengths on the ground.
“It’s constantly a very good expertise to know you can go 25 minutes, and there is factors you need to work on, but you find out them in a win,” Blaydes mentioned. “I want to get the job done on my conditioning soon after the third spherical, but I’m joyful with the acquire. Volkov is legit, and I’m one move nearer to a title shot.”
The 6-foot-7 Volkov flew to the U.S. with no obvious notion how he will get property to Russia owing to journey constraints amid the coronavirus pandemic. He experienced won 7 of his very last 8 fights, but hadn’t competed since his a person-sided victory above Greg Hardy in Moscow very last yr.
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 up coming shot at the UFC heavyweight title right after winner Stipe Miocic completes his trilogy with former two-belt champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 on Aug. 15. Ngannou is accountable for the only two losses of Blaydes’ vocation, winning their bouts in 2016 and 2018.
Emmett and Burgos place on the overall performance of the night time with a intriguing slugfest, with Emmett profitable 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27. The 35-yr-outdated Emmett (16-2) persevered through a knee damage in the first round to land two knockdowns and a dominant third spherical, but Burgos absorbed huge punishment and assumed he had earned a determination.
“Dana, I advised you, get that checkbook completely ready!” Emmett shouted right away just after the struggle in the path of UFC President Dana White, who arms out the promotion’s bonuses for fantastic performances.
The event was the fourth of five consecutive UFC demonstrates held over five weekends with no enthusiasts on its corporate campus. After next week’s exhibit headlined by Dustin Poirier’s assembly with Dan Hooker, the UFC will shift to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi for 4 shows in 14 times, starting with UFC 251 on July 12.
Veteran Jim Miller completed Roosevelt Roberts with an armbar in the very first spherical of his latest milestone combat. The 36-year-previous Miller (32-14) matched Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s history 35th physical appearance in a UFC cage, and his 21st UFC victory still left him trailing only Cerrone (23) and Demian Maia (22) in the promotion’s heritage.
Former bantamweight title contender Raquel Pennington (11-8) earned only her next win since 2016 with a crystal clear decision over 42-year-aged high faculty trainer Marion Reneau. Pennington’s fiancée, Tecia Torres, snapped her four-fight skid since 2017 with a one particular-sided choice over 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-yr-previous Jaynes recognized the struggle only three times back when Matt Frevola was pulled from the Las Vegas card simply because of a teammate’s optimistic coronavirus check.
In two matchups pitting seasoned veterans, Lauren Murphy gained a unanimous determination over fellow veteran flyweight Roxanne Modafferi, and Bobby Green controlled his get more than Clay Guida.