Alexander Volkov and Ciryl Gane will go to war tonight (Saturday, June 26, 2021) in a main event heavyweight clash from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada at UFC Vegas 30. Volkov has been battling heavyweight talent for years and years, but “Drago” finally seems poised to rise to the top. The former Bellator champion has gained mass, and that extra strength translates into stronger punches and kicks. On the other hand, Gane’s rise to the heavyweight elite has been almost meteoric. In his ninth professional fight, “Bon Gamin” is looking for a title shot!
Ultimately, a man will take a significant step toward heavyweight gold. Buckle up for tonight’s main event and follow below for live updates and featured clips:
Volkov opens with low kicks. Quick jab from Gane. Volkov finds a staring right hand and a low kick. Quick kick from the Russian. Another good hit from Gane. The heavy kick to the body scores for Gane, answered with a low kick. Volkov’s body shot counter. Many simultaneous kick exchanges between the two great men. Ganes goes for his first takedown of the fight and times it well, but Volkov pushes him. Volkov leading the dance with his right kicks. Win finds a left hand.
Win quick jabs early on. French side kick. Volkov continues to find the outside low kick. Strong low kick from Gane, followed by a left hand landing. Stab kick to the body of Volkov. Win scores well with a step on the knee. Crosses to the body for “Drago”. Volkov’s great hook-cross combo knocks his foe back momentarily, but Gane soon responds with a flip. Clicking the Gane jab. Stiff jab counter for Volkov to a low kick. Another competitive round!
10-9 I won
Volkov trades a low kick for a left hook in the opening exchange. Win lines a left hand along the fence. Another crossover for the French athlete. Volkov catches a kick and lands while Gane is off balance. Jab to Gane’s body. Nice left hook from orthodox scores for Gane. Win scores a strong jab, but his double leg attempt is excellent. Win starts to open, tries a knee jump. Volkov lands a cross hook in the middle – the Russian desperately needs to hit more. Strong left kick to Gane’s body, then a cross to the barn. Great combination of Gane, punctuated by a powerful uppercut. Strong kick from Gane, who actually picked it up in the third. Finish the round with a combination.
10-9 I won
Volkov attacking behind his right hand to start the fourth round. Gane’s stiff front leg teep, who responded with a few counterattack shots. Win landed well, but received a strong uppercut – Volkov’s best punch in the fight? Win goes back to the jab. Volkov negates a takedown and lands a couple of punches. The two are negotiating a little more in the pocket. Volkov is throwing more in combination and landing a bit better as a result. Gane continues to hit fast punches and strong kicks with his lead leg. Gane’s nasty jab, followed by a strong left kick to the midfield. Volkov finds a right hand and then kicks to the body again. Gane’s huge overhang, but somehow Volkov takes it. Volkov started well, but Gane got the round back.
10-9 I won
Gane’s right jab is very fast and sent Volkov’s head back early. The left hook connects for Volkov, but Gane is landing in combination. Win lands a pair of knees on the chest. Volkov finds a good hit. Win is rolling after his cross, landing his right hook to follow. Win scores a backhand. Gane is really in control, landing at a much higher rate, as he had for much of the fight. A touch of the eye stops the action, and it’s a bad one. Eventually, the two return to action and Gane lands a big left kick. Volkov lands a few low kicks, but can’t find the big shot he needs to recover.
10-9 I won
Result: Ciryl Gane defeats Alexander Volkov by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)
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