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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)

MAIN CARD 

LEON EDWARDS VS BRAN BARBERENA 

https://twitter.com/UFCEurope/status/904064833879891968

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

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

UFC Fight Night 115

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.

MAIN EVENT

STEFAN STRUVE VS ALEXANDER VOLKOV 

UFC Fight Night 115

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.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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