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Curtis Blaydes (14-2-1 nc) defeated Alexander Volkov (31-8) by unanimous decision in the main fight of the UFC on ESPN 11 event.
The American heavyweight in the Las Vegas APEX complex won thanks to his dominance in the wrestling segment, and on the night from Saturday to Sunday he set the record with the most crashes in one UFC heavyweight bout. Namely, ‘Razor’ scored as many as 14 of them against its Russian rival.
It took Blaydes less than 10 seconds to break down in the first match and through the first three rounds, we watched mostly his dominance on the ground. Volkov did not find a solution for Curtis’ wrestling in the first 15 minutes and tried to avoid the most dangerous blows, mostly from the lower position on the ground floor.
But what we could notice after the end of the third round was Blaydes’ fatigue, and that was very much reflected in the continuation of the fight. Although he successfully knocked down Volkov in the fourth round, in the last minute of this section, referee Herb Dean lifted the heavyweights to their feet, and ‘Drago’ used this short period for a rain of blows, some of which shook and bled Blaydes.
Volkov tried to turn the fight around in the last round and take advantage of his opponent’s fatigue, but Curtis managed to record two demolitions in this section as well, and lasted until the last bell and recorded his fourth victory in a row.
War of Emmett and Burgos
We watched one fantastic match in the title fight of the evening. Despite knee problems that appeared as early as the opening seconds of the fight, Josh Emmett managed to defeat Shane Burgos after one relentless battle in the Octagon. Both fighters had a handful of their moments in this match, but Emmett once again showed what strength is hidden in his shots and with two knockdowns in the third round secured the victory by a unanimous referee’s decision. It was the third triumph in a row for this 35-year-old American.
Of the other matches, we should point out the victory of veteran Jim Miller, who stopped Roosevelt Roberts with an ‘armor’ in the first round, but also the defeat of Clay Guide, of whom Bobby Green was more successful.
UFC on ESPN 11 results:
Curtis Blaydes def. Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-46)
Josh Emmett def. Shane Burgos via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 29-27)
Raquel Pennington def. Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Belal Muhammad def. Lyman Good via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jim Miller def. Roosevelt Roberts via submission (armbar) (R1, 2:25)
Bobby Green def. Clay Guida via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Tecia Torres def. Brianna Van Buren via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Marc-Andre Barriault def. Oskar Piechota via TKO, (R2, 4:50)
Gillian Robertson def. Cortney Casey via submission (R3, 4:32)
Justin Jaynes def. Frank Camacho via TKO (R1, 0:41)
Lauren Murphy def. Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Austin Hubbard def. Max Rohskopf via TKO (R2, 5:00)