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UFC Vegas 56: Alexander Volkov takes out Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1533220001703833600?s=20&t=elGmV_nCRbp-Neh6v-4D3Q

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.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1533219470633623553?s=20&t=elGmV_nCRbp-Neh6v-4D3Q

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

MAIN CARD 

ODE OSBOURNE VS. ZARRUKH ADASHEV

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1533185795871363072?s=20&t=elGmV_nCRbp-Neh6v-4D3Q

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

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1533181883298848768?s=20&t=elGmV_nCRbp-Neh6v-4D3Q

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 

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 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1533199536872628225?s=20&t=elGmV_nCRbp-Neh6v-4D3Q

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

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1533209588887130112?s=20&t=elGmV_nCRbp-Neh6v-4D3Q

WINNER: MOVSAR EVLOEV VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MOVSAR EVLOEV VIA UD

Andrews: Yep, Evloev picked Ige apart.

MAIN EVENT

#7 ALEXANDER VOLKOV VS. #8 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK 

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.

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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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