UFC On ESPN 11

UFC on ESPN 11: Curtis Blaydes decisions Alexander Volkov

Blades victory probably not "razor" sharp enough to snap title shot

Curtis Blaydes (14-2-0, 1NC) was victorious over Alexander Volkov (31-8-0) in the main event of UFC on ESPN 11, but he did not seem to impress president Dana White with his performance.

Blaydes used over 12 takedowns, in combination with grappling and impressive cardio to refocus in the later rounds to stifle the bigger Volkov en route to a unanimous decision victory.

It probably wasn’t the most explosive bout on the card.

The judges scored it 49-46, 48-47, 49-46.

Josh Emmett and Shane Burgos secured Fight of the Night, while Jim Miller and Justin Jaymes earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a USD $50,000 bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

In case you missed the prelims:

AUSTIN HUBBARD DEF. MAX ROHSKOPF VIA TKO (DOCTOR STOPPAGE) R2 5:00

LAUREN MURPHY DEF. ROXANNE MODAFFERI VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

JUSTIN JAYNES DEF. FRANK CAMACHO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:41

GILLIAN ROBERTSON DEF. CORTNEY CASEY VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 4:32

MARC-ANDRE BARRIAULT DEF. OSKAR PIECHOTA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 4:50

TECIA TORRES DEF. BRIANNA VAN BUREN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

BOBBY GREEN DEF. CLAY GUIDA VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Complete results from UFC on ESPN 11:

MAIN CARD

JIM MILLER VS. ROOSEVELT ROBERTS 

WINNER: JIM MILLER DEF. ROOSEVELT ROBERTS VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 2:25

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROOSEVELT ROBERTS VIA UD

ANDREWS: Jim Miller is an ageless wonder.

LYMAN GOOD VS. BELAL MUHAMMAD

WINNER: BELAL MUHAMMAD VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BELAL MUHAMMAD VIA UD

RAQUEL PENNINGTON VS. MARION RENEAU

WINNER: RAQUEL PENNINGTON VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARION RENEAU VIA UD

Andrews: Good win for Pennington, but it doesn’t move her up the rankings much.

SHANE BURGOS VS. JOSH EMMETT 

WINNER: JOSH EMMETT VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SHANE BURGOS VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Give Emmett credit for a good performance.

MAIN EVENT

CURTIS BLAYDES VS. ALEXANDER VOLKOV 

WINNER: CURTIS BLAYDES VIA UD (49-46, 48-47, 49-46)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CURTIS BLAYDES VIA TKO

Andrews: Blaydes played it smart, but he can’t ask for a title shot with this performance.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN 11: Curtis Blaydes decisions Alexander Volkov

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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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