Alexander Volkov knew what he experienced to do versus Jairzinho Rozenstruik not prolonged following he began viewing some of “Bigi Boy’s” older fights.
Rozenstruik is 1 of the UFC heavyweight division’s greatest punchers, but his downfall is a fewer-than-stellar defense. Volkov’s approach was to push Rozenstruik against the cage and hearth at him when he did not have house to transfer.
As the Russian suspected, Rozenstruik left loads of openings and Volkov took entire edge. A huge straight suitable hand hurt Rozenstruik and sent him stumbling. Volkov opened up with a flurry of photographs, most of which were being landing on the chin.
Referee Herb Dean leaped in at 2:12 of the very first to prevent it and give the seventh-ranked Volkov the victory in the major event of UFC Vegas 56 Saturday at Apex in Las Vegas.
The bout was vital for both adult males. Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou stays injured and isn’t anticipated to return right up until late in the year. Former mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones has moved to heavyweight and is envisioned to debut afterwards this year towards ex-champion Stipe Miocic, though no day has been set.
Ciryl Gane, Tai Tuivasa, Curtis Blaydes, Derrick Lewis and Tom Aspinall are all rated in advance of Volkov. The winner of Saturday’s bout could keep in that blend with the loser dropping into the 2nd-tier.
Rozenstruik briefly protested the stoppage, but he was blasted with a really hard appropriate suitable on the chin and then took a collection of cleanse pictures on the chin.
The reduction was his second in a row and 3rd in his last 4. Following opening his UFC occupation by likely 4- with four knockouts, he’s 2-4 since and has been finished twice.
Volkov needed the acquire due to the fact he was coming off of a initial-spherical submission reduction to Tom Aspinall.