Alexander Volkov: 'I Think I Deserve Title Shot Right Now'


Maybe Cormier, maybe Miocic. Volkov puts together a hard combination and knocks Werdum out. Volkov landed a trip but let Werdum right up, then countered a kick and took out the legs of Werdum once more, but he couldn't keep Werdum off him forever as Werdum dragged him down at the end of the round. He caught Werdum coming in with a right uppercut in the first round. He resorted to rolling for Volkov's legs, trying to create a scramble any way he could.

Volkov wasn't ideal by any means, as he was easily taken down early by Werdum. A win over Werdum would make him an interesting new addition to a heavyweight title picture that has long included the same cast of characters. Werdum has won three out of his last four fights. Normally we see judges reward effort and volume, but Edwards has been able to sustain control and even wore down Albert Tumenov to the point where he tapped out at UFC 204.

The rematch was somewhat out of left field, considering the first meeting was neither memorable nor controversial.

The result was an action-packed slugfest. The Canadian dropped and quickly found himself locked into a tight guillotine, he scrambled to get out, but Henry held on and secured the victory only 40 seconds into the first round. That's a good confidence booster for Volkov after spending much of the round on his back.

Birmingham, England's Leon Edwards (15-3) finished Peter Sobotta (17-6-1) via TKO at 4:59 of the final round of their welterweight contest. He also spoke backstage about the fight at UFC London. The German is savvy and has enjoyed a nice little run of success during his second run in the UFC, but Edwards is the more athletic, more dynamic fighter of the two.

Half way through the round he lands a series of right hands to the head. Werdum's last fight was unanimous decision win over Marcin Tybura, and he looked to push his win streak to three with a win tonight. Thank you to all the fans who support me. I will show for the third time that I'm the best in the world.

That fight could potentially be a back-and-forth battle, with both bantamweights culpable to taking a lot of damage, as well as giving it!

"It was a fight where I nearly felt I had to take it, because the people I called out said no, and everyone else was fighting", Manuwa told MMAjunkie of fighting Blachowicz for the second time in less than three years. "I've never turned down a fight in my life".

Werdum throws a leg kick and has a high kick blocked.

What's more, the men now ranked No. 1 and 2, Gustafsson and Oezdemir, have already suffered defeat to the current champion, placing Manuwa in a favorable position should he reign victorious this weekend in a bounce-back effort.