UFC Fight Night 115: Volkov outstrikes Struve to collect third-round TKO win
Alexander Volkov used his striking to stop hometown hero Stefan Struve in the third round at UFC Rotterdam in The Netherlands.
Struve used some good striking to open up a gash under Volkov’s left eye, but that seemed to invigorate the Russian, increasing his output and initiating inside exchanges.
Struve did well to absorb a lot of the shots, but referee Marc Goddard was forced to stop the bout at 3:30 of the third frame.
In case you missed the prelims:
THIBAULT GOUTI DEF. ANDREW HOLBROOK VIA TKO R1 (PUNCHES) 4:28
ABDUL-KERIM EDILOV DEF. BOJAN MIHAJILOVIC VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:32
ZABIT MAGOMEDSHARIPOV DEF. MIKE SANTIAGO VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R2 4:22
ALEKSANDER RAKIC DEF FRANCIMAR BARROSO VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
RUSTAM KHABILOV DEF DESMOND GREEN VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
MICHEL PRAZERES DEF MADS BURNELL VIA SUBMISSION (NORTH-SOUTH CHOKE) R3 1:26
MAIRBEK TAISUMOV DEF. FELIPE SILVA VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 1:24
DARREN TILL DEF BOJAN VELICKOVIC VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
LEON EDWARDS VS BRAN BARBERENA
WINNER: LEON EDWARDS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: LEON EDWARDS VIA SD
Andrews: A hard-fought and close contest as expected. Edwards won the first, Barbarena almost finished it in the second and Edwards battled back to control Bam Bam on the ground in the third. Good fight.
MARION RENEAU VS TALITA BERNARDO
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WINNER: MARION RENEAU VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 4:54
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARION RENEAU VIA UD
Andrews: Bernardo proved to be scrappy, using her grappling and BJJ to give Reneau fits early, but Reneau stayed composed and used some Jiu-Jitsu of her own to control and then obtain the ground-and-pound finish. Good fight.
SIYAR BAHADURZADA VS ROB WILKINSON
WINNER: SIYAR BAHADURZADA VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 3:10
ANDREWS PREDICTION: SIYAR BAHADURAZADA VIA TKO
Andrews: Wilkinson used his height early, but Siyar figured out the distance, closed it and struck inside to put him away. Good win for the hometown hero.
STEFAN STRUVE VS ALEXANDER VOLKOV
WINNER: ALEXANDER VOLKOV VIA TKO (STRIKES) R3 3:30
ANDREWS PREDICTION: STEFAN STRUVE VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Volkov’s cardio held up to overcome some surprisingly good striking from Struve and land a lot of his own, getting inside close. A good fight and it may be time for Struve who has over 40 fights at age 29, to consider hanging ’em up.