UFC London card is short one fight for weight issues

Ruben Hill
March 19, 2018

Speaking to reporters at the post-fight press conference for yesterday's UFC Fight Night 127 event (via MMAjunkie), UFC heavyweight fighter Alexander Volkov discussed his knockout victory over former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum.

Over five-rounds, I expect Werdum to get the fight to the mat and find either enough rounds on the cards or a submission to extend his win streak further. The 40-year-old Brazilian will make his 16 trip into the octagon, which will be a seventh headlining assignment.

The fight went into the fourth round, with Werdum controlling a lot of the action early with his jiu-jitsu, but Volkov eventually dropped Werdum with an uppercut.

Volkov is 4-0 since signing with the UFC in 2016. Since losing the heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic nearly two years ago, Werdum has rebounded to go 3-1 in his last four since the loss. I've constructed a few lineups where I can roster all 3 of them, and. Maybe the pressure of fighting in the UFC for the first time got to him, maybe not.

"Of course, it was a great win", Volkov said. With an already accomplished grappling game, the Polish-German fighter has developed a solid jab and kicking game which allowed him to emerge victorious in his last two outings.

During one of those exchanges, Drago managed to swell and cut Werdum's right eye, leaving his opponent with a limited vision. Werdum made it impossible for Volkov to move and wore away at Volkov's chin and stamina with ground and pound punches for a majority of the round. The two would battle through the remainder of the fight, each putting the other in hard sports.

Then, he used his time on the microphone to call out the British fans who were booing both decision and the fight as a whole.

The co-main event of UFC London was a rematch that no one really asked for.

Meanwhile, Jan Blachowicz will hope to gain revenge for a 2015 bout defeat at the hands of Jimi Manuwa.

Leg kicks carried Duquesnoy's offense.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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