Alexander Volkov knew what was coming in his showdown with Curtis Blaydes. He simply could not cease it.
Blaydes secured a UFC heavyweight-record 14 takedowns en path to a dominant unanimous choice victory in the principle occasion of UFC on ESPN from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night time.
The No. 3-ranked heavyweight made his intentions clear earlier within the week.
FYI if y’all have been hoping to see a 25 minute get up struggle you most likely shouldn’t tune in to the principle occasion trigger I absolutely intend on ragdolling my opponent simply figured I’d let y’all know forward of time 🤷🏾♂️— Curtis Blaydes (@RazorBlaydes265) June 19, 2020Strive as he may, Volkov had no solutions for his opponent’s superior wrestling.
Blaydes wasted little time taking Volkov down, with the primary one coming lower than 10 seconds into the struggle. He then stored his weight on the Russian for the whole lot of the primary spherical.
Cautious of the takedown, Volkov was hit with a volley of punches to open the second spherical earlier than being taken down but once more. As soon as extra, Volkov discovered himself along with his again caught to the canvas for a majority of the spherical. He lastly made his method again as much as his toes within the closing seconds, however Blaydes secured one other takedown for good measure because the spherical got here to a detailed.
It was a lot the identical within the third spherical, though it did seem Blaydes had slowed down. However the offensive wrestling was on full show as he used a wide range of strategies to maintain Volkov down.
The heavy wrestling strategy spent Blaydes’ gasoline tank, nonetheless, and it started to indicate halfway by way of the fourth spherical when Volkov managed to shrug off a number of takedowns and rating certainly one of his personal within the last seconds.
🤼♂️ @RazorBlaydes265 simply set the HWT takedown document along with his 1️⃣2️⃣th of the struggle! #UFCVegas3 pic.twitter.com/PTrTS6BPre— UFC (@ufc) June 21, 2020Volkov aimed to reap the benefits of an exhausted Blaydes within the last spherical and related with a tough knee throughout a takedown try. However Blaydes’ wrestling pedigree was merely an excessive amount of, and Volkov touched the canvas for a 14th time. There wasn’t a lot else for Volkov to do however come to phrases with shedding the struggle as the ultimate horn sounded and scores of 49-46, 48-47 and 48-46 have been learn in favor of Blaydes quickly after.
Blaydes, 29, improved to 13-2 (one no-contest) with the victory. The solely losses of his MMA profession have come by the hands of No. 2-ranked Francis Ngannou.
Cain Velasquez beforehand held the heavyweight takedown document with 11 in opposition to Junior dos Santos.
Within the co-main occasion, Josh Emmett scored a call over Shane Burgos in an action-packed featherweight showdown that can seemingly be within the dialog for Battle of the 12 months.
Emmett received off to a quick begin by routinely touchdown his massive proper hand and loading up on energy pictures. However Burgos determined to maintain his foot on the gasoline and press ahead with a mix of punches and leg kicks. It appeared that Emmett could have torn his ACL within the opening seconds, however he refused to again down.
Burgos got here on sturdy within the second body and continued to cut at Emmett’s left leg whereas absorbing Emmett’s heavy arms. Each gave in addition to they took, and Burgos’ combination of strikes seemingly snared the spherical.
Within the third, Emmett lastly despatched Burgos to the canvas with a proper hand that sneaked by way of the guard. Burgos pulled himself off the canvas and slowed down the motion with an unintended low blow. After the restart, Emmett once more put Burgos down with a left hand, however Burgos once more managed to outlive the storm. It was a testomony to Burgos’ distinctive chin and total toughness as he dug deep and tried to struggle his method again.
BIG LEFT HAND! 🤯 #UFCVegas3 pic.twitter.com/2pOcnxO2wQ— UFC (@ufc) June 21, 2020Emmett was merely an excessive amount of, although, in an distinctive efficiency. The scores have been 29-28, 29-28 and 29-27. UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov resultsMain card Curtis Blaydes def. Alexander Volkov by way of unanimous choice (49-46, 48-47, 48-46) Josh Emmett def. Shane Burgos by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) Raquel Pennington def. Marion Reneau by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Belal Muhammad def. Lyman Good by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Jim Miller def. Roosevelt Roberts by way of 1st-round submission (2:25)Prelims Bobby Inexperienced def. Clay Guida by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) Tecia Torres def. Brianna Van Buren by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Marc-André Barriault def. Oskar Piechota by way of 2nd-round TKO (4:50) Gillian Robertson def. Cortney Casey by way of Third-round submission (4:32) Justin Jaynes def. Frank Camacho by way of 1st-round TKO (:41) Lauren Murphy def. Roxanne Modafferi by way of unanimous choice Austin Hubbard def. Max Rohskopf by way of 2nd-round TKO (5:00)