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UFC Vegas 30: Ciryl Gane uses controlled aggression to stifle Alexander Volkov

Undefeated UFC heavyweight Ciryl Gane is now a step closer to a potential title shot after decisioning Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 30.

Gane (9-0-0) did not score a spectacular knockout but he did control large portions of it by using distance to keep Volkov (33-9-0) away while piling up significant strikes.

Volkov tried to counter with kicks that did land often, but Gane barrelled past them roughing up Volkov in the pocket. “Drago” did connect a few times in the second and fourth rounds, but they weren’t enough to overcome the volume of Gane.

The judges scored it 50-45, 50-45, and 49-46.

Gane stays in the title shot hunt with the victory, while Volkov is likely out of the picture for the time being.

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Marcin Prachnio and Kennedy Nzechukwu earned performances of the night while Raoni Barcelos and Timur Valiev earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

DAMIR HADOVIC DEF. YANCY MEDEIROS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

CHARLES ROSA DEF. JUSTIN JAMES VIA SD (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

JULIA AVILA DEF. JULIJA STOLIARENKO VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 4:19

MARCIN PRACHINO DEF. ISAAC VILLANUEVA VIA TKO (BODY KICK) R2 0:56

JEREMIAH WELLS DEF. WARLLEY ALVES VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 0:30

SHAVKAT RAKHMONOV DEF. MICHEL PRAZERES VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 2:10

KENNEDY NZECHKWU DEF. DANILO MARQUES VIA  TKO (PUNCHES) R3 0:20

MAIN CARD 

RENATO MOICANO VS. JAI HERBERT 

 

WINNER: RENATO MOICANO VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 4:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAI HERBERT VIA TKO

Andrews: Give Moicano credit. He took the fight to the ground and got it done.

TIM MEANS VS. NICOLAS DALBY

 

WINNER: TIM MEANS VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TIM MEANS VIA UD

Andrews: Means overcame the trouble and outstruck Dalby.

ANDRE FILI VS. DANIEL PINEDA

WINNER: NO-CONTEST (ACCIDENTAL EYEPOKE)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDRE FILI VIA UD

Andrews: Run it back.

RAONI BARCELOS VS. TIMUR VALIEV

WINNER: TIMUR VALIEV VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Andrews: Good fight! Timur grinded it out.

TANNER BOSER VS. OVINCE ST. PREUX 

WINNER: TANNER BOSER VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 2:31

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TANNER BOSER VIA TKO

Andrews: Boser did his job and took advantage of the opening.

MAIN EVENT

#3 CIRYL GANE VS. #5 ALEXANDER VOLKOV

WINNER: CIRYL GANE VIA UD (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)

Andrews: Gane did well on his feet, I thought Volkov would be the aggressive one. But it was Gane who took it to him. Good win.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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