Alexander Volkov came into UFC Vegas 56 looking to atone for his last fight and he did that in a big way, stopping Jairzino Rozenstruik in the main event Saturday afternoon.
Volkov (35-10-0) countered the aggressive Rozenstruik (12-4-0) minutes into the opening round with a straight right that buckled the Surinamese challenger. Follow up strikes that knocked out Rozenstruik’s mouthpiece forced referee Herb Dean to call the contest at 2:12.
The win helps put the No. 7 Volkov on back on track towards the contending conversation. Rozenstruik suffered his second consecutive defeat for the first time.
Lucas Almeida and Michael Trizano earned Fight of the Night, while Karine Silva and Ode Osbourne took performances 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:
ERIN BLANCHFIELD DEF. J.J. ALDRICH VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 2:38
RINAT FAKHRETDINOV DEF. ANDREAS MICHAILIDIS VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
JEFF MOLINA DEF. ZHALGAS ZHUMAGULOV VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
TONY GRAVELY DEF. JOHNNY MUNOZ JR. VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 1:08
BENOIT SAINT-DENIS DEF. NIKLAS STOLZE VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 1:32
DAMON JACKSON DEF. DANIEL ARGUETA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
JOE SOLECKI DEF. ALEX DA SILVA COELHO VIA MD (28-28, 29-27, 30-27)
KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ DEF. FELICE HERRIG VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 4:01
ODE OSBOURNE VS. ZARRUKH ADASHEV
WINNER: ODE OSBOURNE VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 1:01
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ODE OSBOURNE VIA UD
Andrews: Wow! Osbourne got him out of there kind of quick.
ASKAR MOZHAROV VS. ALONZO MENIFIELD
WINNER: ALONZO MENIFIELD VIA TKO (ELBOWS) R1 4:40
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALONZO MENIFIELD VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: It looked like Menifield had a plane to catch or something. Got him out of there pretty quick.
KARINE SILVA VS. POLIANA BOTELHO
— UFC (@ufc) June 4, 2022
WINNER: KARINE SILVA VIA SUBMISSION (D’ARCE CHOKE) R1 4:55
ANDREWS PREDICTION: KARINE SILVA VIA TKO
Andrews: Well, she didn’t get the TKO but still an impressive performance to tap Botelho in her debut. Silva’s future looks bright.
MICHAEL TRIZANO VS. LUCAS ALMEIDA
WINNER: LUCAS ALMEDIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 0:55
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MICHAEL TRIZANO VIA UD
Andrews: Full marks to Almeida. He showed some technical chops while taking it to Trizano. Quite a debut.
#10 DAN IGE VS. #13 MOVSAR EVLOEV
WINNER: MOVSAR EVLOEV VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
ANDREWS PREDICTION: MOVSAR EVLOEV VIA UD
Andrews: Yep, Evloev picked Ige apart.
#7 ALEXANDER VOLKOV VS. #8 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK
— UFC (@ufc) June 4, 2022
WINNER: ALEXANDER VOLKOV VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:12
ANDREWS PREDICTION: JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK VIA TKO
Andrews: Give Volkov credit. He stood in there with him and landed the counter. Now, he needs to build on this.
The next UFC event is UFC 275, which is scheduled for June 11 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira defends against Jiri Prochazka in the main event.