UFC Fight Night 190 ‘Gane vs. Volkov’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

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Round 1

The Fight Night offering today begins with a match scheduled weeks
ago between Medeiros (15-7, 1 NC; 6-7, 1 NC UFC) and Hadzovic
(13-6, 3-4 UFC), where it was scuttled in May when Hadzovic
suffered an illness on fight day. Glad to be competing now, the
lightweights opt not to touch gloves in front of referee Chris
Tognoni to start off the early show, and away we go! Hadzovic
starts off early with a couple thudding calf kicks, and Medeiros
continues to absorb them as he tries to march forward. Hadzovic
catches him a few more times low, and the Hawaiian decides to give
him one back and then check one in time. Medeiros paws out a few
left hands as Hadzovic backs off, with the Bosnian preferring to
measure his man. “The Bosnian Bomber” sets the fuse and detonates a
solid one-two on the chin, and Medeiros wobbles but does not fall
down. The Hawaiian shakes it off, and he wings a spinning wheel
kick that comes up short. When he lands, Hadzovic snaps out a jab
and then presses him into the wire. They separate, and Medeiros
sits down on a left hand but Hadzovic eats it without much concern.
Medeiros fires off a one-two and now it is he who is coming up with
calf kicks. The two trade heavy leather, and Hadzovic’s nose is
reddening quickly. Hadzovic sinks his shin into Medeiros’ calf, and
Medeiros slings a left hand and then another to shake his foe up.
Hadzovic marches forward with a knee up the middle, and he lands a
few heavy punches as Medeiros escapes. Hadzovic presses forward,
and their legs tie up so he can hit a trip and put the Hawaiian on
his back. Medeiros pops back up, and he gets pressed into the cage
but scores a short elbow. Hadzovic rings home a left hand and a
right, and he hurts Medeiros with a short series of punches.
Medeiros smiles and swings a huge elbow that glances off the chin,
and he follows it up with a spinning back kick to the body. When
Medeiros looks to chain a kick into that combination, Hadzovic
catches it, but he cannot capitalize on the position so he sets it
down. Medeiros appears energized with this flurry, and he attacks
in close range with elbows. Hadzovic hops out of the way and
peppers his man with one final leg kick before the round ends.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Hadzovic
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Hadzovic
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hadzovic

Round 2

Medeiros walks out of his corner to start the round in the center
of the cage, and he uses long jabs to keep his foe at range.
Hadzovic gets off a couple calf kicks until Medeiros crowds him
with punches and elbows, and he uses Medeiros’ momentum against him
to hit a takedown. The Hawaiian powers his way back to his feet and
breaks the grip, but when he drops his hands to reset, Hadzovic
nails him with two big punches. One after the other, the two trade
heavy shots, until Medeiros wades forward to the clinch. Hadzovic
scores as his opponent closes distance, but he gets grabbed and
kneed up the middle. A few punches from Hadzovic land square on the
jaw, and he dodges an elbow to unload a ferocious salvo of strikes
that rock Medeiros. The Hawaiian bites down on his gumshield and
starts to brawl, but Hadzovic is wise to this as he stays composed
and opens up a big cut on Medeiros’ left eye. Hadzovic mixes it up
with elbows and punches, and even works the body as Medeiros
scrambles out of the way to get some range. The strikes continue to
mount for the Bosnian, who sees Medeiros wobble but not lose his
footing. Hadzovic slows his pace as he may have spent part of his
gas tank searching for a finish, but he chains single strikes
together that frustrate but do not hurt Medeiros. The Hawaiian
swings back at him wildly, ripping a few punches to the body before
getting off a spinning back kick. Hadzovic is infuriated, and he
charges in recklessly to unleash a fury of punches, hurting
Medeiros once more. Medeiros protects himself enough to stay in the
fight, and he starts to fire back as soon as Hadzovic takes his
foot off the accelerator. The two welcome a clinch as they both
appear fatigued, and both fighters get away with fence and shorts
grabs as they try to lock the other down. Medeiros breaks free to
unload a few punches right before the bell, but Hadzovic keeps a
tight enough guard to defend from most of the damage.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Hadzovic
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Hadzovic
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Hadzovic

Round 3

The lightweights offer a tired touch of gloves after 10 minutes of
battle, and Hadzovic steps in with a calf kick. Medeiros backs off,
and Hadzovic gets off a couple punches in rapid succession. The
Bosnian staggers Medeiros as he begins a flurry, and he starts to
swarm Medeiros and tee off on him. Tognoni asks for Medeiros to
fight back, as Hadzovic continues to pound on him with reckless
abandon. Hadzovic pours it on but he cannot get the stoppage he
seeks, even though the lion’s share of his punch combinations land.
Medeiros toughs it out and works the body, before the two clinch up
and aim strikes to the midsection. Medeiros circles around and is
able to drag the Bosnian to the ground, as Hadzovic looks to be
exhausted. “The Kid” takes Hadzovic’s back and starts hunting for a
choke, but Hadzovic explodes out to try to get back up. The
Hawaiian wrenches him back down, and he turns a rear-naked choke
into a guillotine choke when Hadzovic spins around. Hadzovic powers
back up using the wall, but only for a moment as Medeiros hits a
trip to put Hadzovic right back down to the canvas. Medeiros sits
up to blast Hadzovic in the face with elbows, and he lays on
several thudding elbows until Hadzovic nearly gives up his back.
Medeiros climbs into mount and does some damage, but Hadzovic is
able to scramble and get to his knees. Medeiros swirls around him
to take his back once more, and he pulls Hadzovic back to the mat
as he holds back control. The Hawaiian hunts for chokes, but he
cannot get his hooks in so he cannot cinch any choke. With 10
seconds to go, Medeiros tightens the body triangle, and he sinks in
the rear-naked choke. Hadzovic is trapped and his eyes start to go
wide as he is on the verge of going out while fighting the hands.
Time expires, and Hadzovic may have been saved by the bell. What a
fight to start off the day!

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Medeiros (29-28 Hadzovic)
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Medeiros (29-28 Hadzovic)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Medeiros (28-28)

The Official Result

Damir Hadzovic def. Yancy Medeiros via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

Up next comes a make-or-break featherweight contest between the
skidding Jaynes (16-7, 1-3 UFC) down a weight class against
submission specialist Rosa (13-5, 4-5 UFC). A confident Jaynes bet
his full fight purse on himself – that’s a bold strategy, Cotton,
let’s see if it pays off for him. The third man inside the Octagon
is referee Mike Beltran, and there is no glove touch to get things
started. Jaynes takes the center of the cage, but neither man are
willing to engage with anything of note for the first 30 seconds.
Both men flip out jabs at the other, and Jaynes jumps forward to
land a huge left hand and a right that follows. Rosa shells up
against the fence, and he gets out of the way as Jaynes practically
dives towards him with a left hook. Rosa retreats and works the
calf a few times, but Jaynes does not notice them and instead is
loading up on huge shots. Jaynes scores a big right hand that gets
Rosa’s attention, and he steps in with his own calf kick as Rosa
has to get away. Rosa strings together a one-two, but Jaynes slips
and blasts him with a heavy right hand. Rosa rips the body with a
kick, and he assaults Jaynes’ lead leg with a few quick kicks. When
Rosa reaches out with a one-two again, Jaynes comes over the top
with a bomb of a right hand. Jaynes sits down on a calf kick, and
Rosa suddenly explodes at his opponent with a swarm of punches.
Jaynes swings for the fences with practically every one of his
strikes, and when they land, they get Rosa’s attention every time.
Rosa is more content to chip away with kicks and long punches, and
he closes the distance to aim knees or elbows up close. The Boston
native steps forward to engage, and he tries to load up with a back
elbow but Jaynes is there to wing a big right hand. Rosa scores
another few calf kicks, and Jaynes’ movement is slightly
compromised from the kicks. “Boston Strong” crashes the pocket and
hits a takedown, where he is able to put Jaynes down and quickly
take his back. When “Guitar Hero” scrambles and gets to his knees,
Rosa lands an illegal upkick that rocks Jaynes, and Beltran shouts
out a warning but does not intervene. The round ends during this
confusion.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Rosa
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Rosa
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Rosa

Round 2

The replay between rounds shows that the featherweights clashed
heads, opening up a cut on Rosa’s eye. Jaynes springs out of his
corner to attack, and Rosa escapes in time but is being chased down
by the heavy-handed slugger. Jaynes catches a calf kick, and he
pursues a takedown to put the Bostonian on his back. Jaynes falls
directly into a guillotine choke, but he stays calm and wiggles his
head out of position. Rosa scrambles to get to his knees, and when
Jaynes locks his hands around Rosa’s waist, Rosa elbows him on the
side of the head several times to break the grip. “Boston Strong”
stays strong as he stands up, but Jaynes is practically glued to
him until he changes levels for a takedown. Rosa defends with a
guillotine choke as he sprawls, and he turns this setup into a
brabo choke as Jaynes is trapped on his knees. Rosa slowly tightens
the grip, but as Jaynes continues to move, Rosa bails on it and
briefly flirts with a 10-finger guillotine. He bails on that too
when Jaynes pushes through to put Rosa on his backside. Rosa is
seated and punches Jaynes on the dome a few times while Jaynes is
doggedly trying to complete his single. A few of these strikes may
have busted up Jaynes’ nose, as blood starts to flow. Rosa does not
let up on them; although they are not individually impactful, they
add up fast. This strange position continues as Jaynes remains in
pursuit of a full takedown, but Rosa twists him around to hook up
Jaynes in a crucifix position as if he were Gary Goodridge. He does
not get off any elbows, as Jaynes bursts out of the position and
spins around to get on top. When Jaynes rains down hammerfists,
Rosa snatches hold of a triangle choke and does not let go of it
until the horn sounds.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Rosa
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Rosa
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Rosa

Round 3

Before the round begins, Beltran loudly warns Rosa to not land any
more strikes to the back of the head. The featherweights come out
swinging, with Jaynes back to his first-round strategy of throwing
everything he has into lunging punches. Rosa ducks down after
landing a few of his own to hit a takedown, and Jaynes defends with
a guillotine choke but ends up falling flat on his back. Rosa is
already in side control, where he sets up an arm-triangle choke on
the other side. Jaynes breaks that grip, and he puts his hands up
to the referee to signal his opponent is doing nothing, but his
motions fall on blind eyes. Rosa shifts his position to
north-south, and he locks his arm around Jaynes’ neck but does not
secure the north-south choke. Jaynes twists and pushes off, where
he stands back up and starts throwing hands. Jaynes stings Rosa a
few times with his power punches, and Rosa retreats with long jabs.
Jaynes clubs Rosa with big punches, and he hurts the Boston native
with a left hand and a right that follows. Rosa gathers himself and
backs away, where he reaches with a few long punches but gets
clipped with a right hand. Jaynes gives chase as Rosa is on the
ropes, loading up on huge shots before suddenly pursuing a
takedown. The commentary crew cries in unison as they plead for
Jaynes to keep throwing punches, but Jaynes has a method to his
madness as he hooks up an arm-triangle choke in side control. He
climbs around to the other side to secure the arm-triangle choke,
and Rosa’s face starts turning a shade of red until he sits up and
breaks the posture. “Boston Strong” remains true to his nickname by
returning Jaynes to guard and landing a few punches off his back.
Rosa scrambles to his knees, and Jaynes goes after another takedown
but falls into a modified guillotine choke. Rosa uses the choke to
push Jaynes down, and he ends the round by landing hammerfists
until the horn blares.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Jaynes (29-28 Rosa)
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Jaynes (29-28 Rosa)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Jaynes (29-28 Rosa)

The Official Result

Charles Rosa def. Justin Jaynes via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29,
29-28)

Round 1

The lone women’s match of the evening comes at bantamweight between
ladies with similar given names in Julia Avila (8-2, 2-1 UFC) and
Julija Stoliarenko (9-4-2, 0-2 UFC), but everything else is far
different. While Avila will try to bounce back from her first
decision loss, Stoliarenko will be hoping the third time is the
charm to win one in the UFC. Referee Jason Herzog will be watching
on to find out who comes out on top, and they touch gloves before
coming out fighting. Avila opens up with a front kick, and
Stoliarenko is flustered but not hurt. Stoliarenko gets off a few
low calf kicks, and Avila ignores them but has to block a head
kick. When Stoliarenko fires off a front kick, Avila catches it and
unleashes a fury of punches. Stoliarenko comes right back at her,
and Avila backs off with a push kick. The Lithuanian gets clocked
with a pair of punches, and Avila bears down on her to blast her
repeatedly. Stoliarenko tries to counter, and she scores her own
shots, but Avila kicks her square in the face as if she were
Anderson Silva or Lyoto Machida. The strikes bust up Stoliarenko’s
nose and do some serious damage, but she is not out of it yet. She
shoots in for a takedown and is easily stuffed, and Avila makes her
pay for it with a few straight punches. Avila sticks and moves, as
Stoliarenko loops haymakers while Avila is more composed. As the
two women start to study one another, the commentary team drifts
off into a discussion about breakfast foods. Stoliarenko gets
countered and wobbles, but she gets off a few punches to keep Avila
honest. Another flurry for Avila opens her opponent’s nose up to
become a crimson faucet, and Stoliarenko’s eyes are wide open as
she tries to catch Avila with something big. Avila swats away a
front kick and aims her own, before taking a solid body kick on the
way out. The kick may have glanced off Avila’s elbow or forearm,
and Stoliarenko sets it down gingerly before the round
concludes.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Avila
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Avila
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Avila

Round 2

Avila plants her flag on the center of the Monster logo in the
middle of the cage, and she delivers a solid front kick up the
middle. Stoliarenko comes back at her with looping punches, and
Avila welcomes the brief brawl. They trade single strikes, and
Avila turns it on after absorbing a right hand, landing shots to
start the bleeding immediately from Stoliarenko’s busted nose.
Avila paws out a few jabs as Stoliarenko tries to counter with
overhand rights, and they both trade body kicks. Avila reaches out
a left hand, and Stoliarenko suddenly changes levels to hit a
takedown. Avila hits a sweep, but she falls into a leg lock and is
suddenly in the danger zone. Avila twists and turns to pop her leg
out, and she explodes back to her feet where she is followed by the
Lithuanian. Stoliarenko pins Avila against the fencing as she
pursues a single leg takedown. Avila protects her leg and sits up
to bowl Stoliarenko over, but she stands up before playing in
Stoliarenko’s guard. Avila smacks Stoliarenko several times with
leg kicks, and she considers a kick to the face but pulls it back
as it would be a foul. Stoliarenko takes a few shots on the way up
and is hurt, so she presses forward to take Avila’s striking away
and push Avila into the fence. Stoliarenko pushes her body weight
on Avila but cannot get the fight down or hook up a body lock, and
she sneaks up a few knees along the way. Avila staves off a trip,
but she remains stuck against the chain links until the horn
blares.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Avila
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Stoliarenko
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Stoliarenko

Round 3

The bantamweights touch gloves to begin the round, and they trade
single punches from afar. Avila rocks Stoliarenko with a right
hand, and she rushes in to a clinch. Stoliarenko holds on for dear
life, where she turns Avila into the fence and they pick up right
where they left off in the last round. Stoliarenko pursues a trip
but is easily thwarted when Avila keeps her balance, and she uses
Stoliarenko’s momentum against her to put the Lithuanian on her
back. Stoliarenko scrambles and looks for an armbar off her back,
but Avila is wise to it and she elbows Stoliarenko a few times. The
American climbs into half guard, where she flattens Stoliarenko out
and works her over with short hammerfists. Time ticks away as Avila
slowly and methodically grinds Stoliarenko out, but out of nowhere,
Stoliarenko reverses the position to put Avila on her back. Avila
keeps her hooks tight in this spot, and she manages to take
Stoliarenko’s back and hunt for a choke. Stoliarenko tries to slide
out the back door, and her toes are hooked into the fence. Herzog
pauses the fight to put them back in place, not allowing
Stoliarenko to get away with this, and Avila holds on with both
hooks in. Avila latches on to a quick rear-naked choke,
sliding her forearm under the chin and tightening her grip.
Stoliarenko panics, and she taps out as she is trapped and does not
want to go out. Avila lets go when Herzog pulls her off, and
she collapses to her knees with a huge release of emotions. This
was an important win for Avila, who becomes the first woman to
submit the submission-minded Stoliarenko.

The Official Result

Julia Avila def. Julija Stoliarenko R3 4:19 via Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)

Round 1

Coming into their battle, Prachnio (14-5, 1-3 UFC) and Villanueva
(18-11, 1-2 UFC) combine for 25 knockouts in their 32 wins, and the
two have suffered nine knockout losses between them as well.
Holding on to his hat is referee Herb Dean, as these two sluggers
touch gloves before swinging for the bleachers. Villanueva takes a
leg kick and a left hand as he marches forward with bad intentions,
walking Prachnio down but not unloading. Prachnio gets off another
leg kick as he circles against the fence, until Villanueva wings a
right hand at him. Villanueva catches him with a right hand and
hurts the Polish fighter, and Prachnio is hurt as Villanueva tees
off on him. Villanueva tries to finish the job, but Prachnio
retreats and gathers himself. Villanueva rips the body and stings
him with a left hand, and Prachnio is ready to brawl. A huge cut
has opened up Prachnio’s left eye, and Villanueva stalks him down
to wing heavy punches. Prachnio turtles up and backs off, and
Villanueva hurts him again with a few bombs. Villanueva sits down
on a couple of uppercuts, timing when Prachnio ducks down to fire
back at him. Prachnio slaps the lead leg with a kick, and he gets
off a right hand but Villanueva slings back four at him. Villanueva
reaches out with his fingers, and Prachnio greets him with a right
hand and a quick head kick. The kick is blocked but it still has
some impact, but Villanueva is headhunting as he continues to pound
on Prachnio with his punch salvos. Prachnio slams his shin on to
Villanueva’s lead leg, and Villanueva’s movement is severely
compromised as he tries to check one. Villanueva walks through one
to land a right hand, but he nearly loses his balance as he charges
ahead. Prachnio blasts his leg with a few more kicks, and
Villanueva lifts his leg up preemptively because he cannot put
weight on it. Prachnio kicks him again, and he has one caught. When
he falls to the ground, Villanueva pounces and unleashes a fury of
ground-and-pound. The punches do not have enough pop on them to end
the fight, and the round ends.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Villanueva
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Villanueva
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Villanueva

Round 2

Between rounds, Villanueva tries to shake his leg out, which has
taken some massive damage in the first five minutes. Prachnio
understandably begins the second frame with a kick to the same
spot, and Villanueva tries to counter him with an overhand left.
Prachnio digs a few shots to the body as Villanueva is exclusively
throwing to the head. Prachnio blasts him with a leg kick, and he pulls
his leg back to change stances and set another big strike up. Like
a whip, the Polish fighter looses his left leg, and he channels his
inner Bas Rutten by drilling his shin square into Villanueva’s
liver. After a split-second, the Texan registers the strike as his
face contorts into sheer pain, and he crumples to the ground in
agony. Dean recognizes that Villanueva is shut down from the
liver kick, and that this fight is over. Prachnio does not feel the
need to follow it with any other strikes, and instead runs over to
his corner to celebrate with them.

The Official Result

Marcin Prachnio def. Isaac Villanueva R2 0:56 via KO (Body
Kick)

Round 1

Many forget that Alves (14-4, 8-4 UFC) won the third season of “The
Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” back in 2014 at middleweight, at the same
time that Antonio Carlos Jr. won it at heavyweight. In this
welterweight battle, the TUF victor will welcome Wells (8-2-1, 0-0
UFC) to the UFC on short notice, as Ramazan Emeev was forced out
for undisclosed reasons. Drawing the assignment is referee Chris
Tognoni, who observes an attempted glove touch from Alves as these
two prepare to get after it. Wells ignores him as he runs behind
the back of Tognoni, and he charges ahead and bowls Alves over with
a surge of strikes and forward movement. The Brazilian is able to
scoot his way back to the corner of the fence, and looks to kick
off the fence while getting away with a cheeky fence grab with his
toes. Wells drags him back down and starts blasting Alves in the
face with huge right hands, and Alves is stuck in this position on
his side. Wells unloads several more blistering right hands as he
climbs to half guard, and he turns the punches to elbows when Alves
grabs his wrist. Wells stands up to find a better position, and
Alves pops right to his feet. Wells rushes him to ring Alves’ bell
with an elbow, and he presses hard into the clinch before lifting
Alves in the air. The Brazilian keeps his balance as he lands on
one foot, so Wells knees him square in the midsection. The newcomer
keeps his full body weight pushes on the UFC vet, but Alves simply
shoves him away to gain some distance. Wells counters a leg kick
with an overhand right, and he swings a huge right hand at Alves.
Another home run shot comes from Wells, and Alves sees these
telegraphed strikes coming and can parry them. Wells eats a counter
left hand flush, and Wells whiffs on looping strikes. Wells rushes
in with a flying knee before considering a takedown, and his
fingers ensnare themselves into the fencing to draw a warning from
Tognoni. Wells fails on a trip, and he chains this into a double
leg takedown. Alves defends with a guillotine choke, and he jumps
guard to set it up. Alves uses the choke to push Wells to his back,
and Wells keeps a single butterfly hook in to defend himself from
punishment. Wells uses upkicks to push Alves back, and the round
ends with an axe kick from Alves that may have glanced off Wells’
chin – and therefore would be quite illegal. Nothing comes of
it.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Wells
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Wells
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Wells

Round 2

Alves is the man to leap out of his corner this round, jumping
forward with a flying knee. Wells tries to swing bombs at him, and
a counter right hand knocks Alves off-balance. The Brazilian
stumbles and tries to survive, and Wells follows him to the ground
to continue unloading on him. Alves gets to his knees, but Wells bowls him over
and smashes him in the face with right hand after unanswered right
hand. It only takes a few for Alves to go completely out, and
Tognoni cannot stop the fight fast enough. What a way to
announce yourself to the UFC, knocking out a tough vet after a
furious first round. Welcome to the UFC, Jeremiah Wells.

The Official Result

Jeremiah Wells def. Warlley Alves R2 0:30 via KO (Punches)

Round 1

Did you know that at one time, Prazeres (26-3, 10-3 UFC) was riding
an eight-fight win streak in the UFC? That all came crashing down
after a loss to Ismail Naurdiev and a failed drug test that put him
on the shelf for two years. Coming back, he will greet unbeaten
Kazakh powerhouse Rakhmonov (13-0, 1-0 UFC) in the center of the
cage, and the two will draw oversight from referee Mike Beltran.
The welterweights touch gloves, and there is a stark size
difference as the two square up. Neither want to commit with much
in the early going, as Prazeres lands a few leg kicks from the
outside. The Brazilian has to rush ahead to close the distance, and
like a matador, Rakhmonov is able to let Prazeres soar by him.
Rakhmonov flicks out a power jab, and he paws away a right hand
from the shorter man. Prazeres whiffs on an overhand right to close
in for a takedown, and he cannot hit it as he grinds Rakhmonov into
the fence. Rakhmonov uses a trip to put the Brazilian on his back,
and even thwarts a fence grab from Prazeres on the way down.
Rakhmonov sits in his foe’s closed guard and gets off some short
punches to little effect, softening Prazeres up to possibly open
his guard. It does just that, as Prazeres puts a foot on
Rakhmonov’s hop to push off, but he cannot back the Kazakh fighter
off of him. Rakhmonov keeps his chest pressed heavily on Prazeres
as he embraces the grind, and Prazeres pushes off and manages to
kick Rakhmonov away. Rakhmonov leaps back down and stings Prazeres
with a huge right hand, and he threatens with a guillotine choke
before trying to take Prazeres’ back. The Brazilian powers back to
his feet and they drift towards the fence, jockeying for position
as neither can take the other down. The round ends right after they
separate.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Rakhmonov
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Rakhmonov
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Rakhmonov

Round 2

The welterweights touch hands before beginning the second round,
and Rakhmonov is first to engage with a snappy jab. The Kazakh
spins with a kick that Prazeres is just able to avoid in time, but
he does get caught with a right hand that follows. Rakhmonov
pierces the guard with a few more jabs, and Prazeres is able to
time an overhand right when Rakhmonov closes in. Prazeres sneaks in
a leg kick, but right after that, Rakhmonov strings four punches
together. A spinning wheel kick from the Kazakh blasts Prazeres in
the face, and Prazeres is hurt badly and tries for a desperation
takedown. Rakhmonov meets his chin with a knee, and he puts
Prazeres on his back, and he starts to unload serious
ground-and-pound from on high while fighting off any submission
setup from the Brazilian. The punches from Rakhmonov are powerful and
audible, and he scrambles around to take the damaged Prazeres’ back
in an instant. “Nomad” slices his arm beneath Prazeres’ chin and
forms a rear-naked choke. The choke is vice-tight and Prazeres
knows there is no way to get out, so he surrenders. Rakhmonov
is now a perfect 14-0 as a pro with 14 finishes, and he becomes the
first man to stop the Brazilian in the process.

The Official Result

Shavkat Rakhmonov def. Michel Prazeres R2 2:10 via Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)

Round 1

Strap in, because the prelims are about to be headlined by a light
heavyweight banger between Brazilian finisher Marques (11-2, 2-0
UFC) and rising Fortis MMA product Nzechukwu (8-1, 2-1 UFC).
Keeping both eyes open for one of the tallest fights in UFC light
heavyweight history will be referee Jason Herzog, as there is no
glove touch before the violence commences. Marques attacks
immediately with a single leg takedown, and he puts his opponent
down for a moment. When Nzechukwu stands up, Marques hops on to his
back and sinks in a body triangle while standing. Marques hunts for
the rear-naked choke in a hurry, and Nzechukwu is leaning against
the fence to take the weight off of him while protecting his neck.
Marques keeps the leg grip tight as can be, and he looks to aim
punches but Nzechukwu is able to defend himself from strikes as he
leans his elbow on top of the cage. Both men are over the top of
the cage, which is technically against the rules, but Marques pulls
him back and starts blasting him with surprisingly effective
punches and short elbows. Nzechukwu stays standing in this position
while leaned on the fence, and he cannot get the Brazilian off of
him as Marques is dug in like an Alabama tick. Marques continues to
threaten the neck with choke considerations, and he wraps his right
arm under Nzechukwu’s neck but cannot tighten the grip. He switches
hands to try to lock it up, but the American fights hands well
enough to keep himself out of submission danger. Marques still has
his legs gripped around his foe’s waist, and he leans over the cage
so that he does not fall off – Herzog slaps his arm to get him to
take it back. Nzechukwu bucks and the arm goes under his chin, and
he manages to slide Marques down a little to try to break up the
body triangle. Marques is content to keep this position and wear
out his heavily muscled opponent, and he stays as a Brazilian
backpack right to the horn.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Marques
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-8 Marques
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Marques

Round 2

The fighters both paw out hands to find their range in the
beginning of the second round, and a fake takedown draws a big
reaction out of Nzechukwu. Marques slams his shin into Nzechukwu’s
body, and Nzechukwu counters with a solid left hand that gets
Marques’ attention. Marques immediately hunts for a takedown, and
the Fortis MMA fighter does everything in his power to get away and
not let the first round happen again. Marques knows this, and he
alternates between takedown pump-fakes and solid power punches.
Nzechukwu sticks out a single jab, leading into a single leg
takedown for Marques. Marques lifts the leg up, puts Nzechukwu
down, and circles around to replicate the success of the previous
frame. Marques circles around to take the American’s back, and he
has a body triangle locked and loaded, but this time they are on
the mat and not upright. Nzechukwu twists to try to break up the
body triangle, and when he does, Marques switches it to his other
leg. Nzechukwu reaches his arms out in frustration, and Marques
capitalizes on this to hit a rear-naked choke. Nzechukwu quickly
fights the hands to break the grip, and he gets up to a knee with
Marques still on his back. Nzechukwu is able to turn him around and
break the grip, and he starts ripping the body and both men begin
to trade. Nzechukwu turns it up with a swarm of punches, and
Marques is reeling as he shoots for a desperation takedown. Marques
may be running low on gas, as he cannot simply lift Nzechukwu in
the air like he did before. Nzechukwu gets pushed into the fence
face-first, as Marques holds on with one hook in. Marques lets go
to knee Nzechukwu in the thigh, and Herzog implores for the two to
work. They separate, and they start throwing caution to the wind
with a wild brawl. Marques’ cup falls out in the melee, and the
round ends with both landing on the button.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Marques
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Nzechukwu
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Nzechukwu

Round 3

Nzechukwu marches out of his corner like a man on a mission, and he
begins to unload with a ferocious salvo of punches. Marques falls back to the fence in serious danger,
and Nzechukwu continues his assault by bludgeoning his man
repeatedly. Nzechukwu’s accuracy allows him to pierce the guard
again and again, as Nzechukwu’s hands find Marques’ face and bust
him up. Marques find himself in defensive mode as he gets battered
against the cage wall, and Herzog leaps in as he has seen enough
for a stoppage that some may call premature. Either way you
slice it, Nzechukwu stages a mighty comeback after a rough two
rounds to put the surging Brazilian away in dramatic fashion.

The Official Result

Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Danilo Marques R3 0:20 via TKO
(Punches)

Round 1

The main card begins with a lightweight clash of styles when
British striker Herbert (10-2, 0-1 UFC) looks for his first UFC win
against savvy grappler “Moicano” Carneiro (14-4-1, 6-4 UFC).
Referee Tognoni will keep tabs on this classic stylistic matchup,
and they touch gloves before getting down to business. Moicano
strikes first with a body kick, and Herbert replies in kind.
Herbert walks his Brazilian adversary down but is forced to play
defense suddenly when “Moicano” attempts a takedown. He succeeds in
putting Herbert on his back, but not for very long, as the Brit
pops back up. Carneiro hits a mat return shortly thereafter, where
he claims half guard without much effort. Herbert holds on to
Carneiro’s mouth to keep him in this position, only for Carneiro to
burst over to side control. “Moicano” takes side control again, as
he is more interested in position than submission, and Herbert
kicks him off. Carneiro stands back up and leaps down, taking full
mount and getting off some strikes from on top. The Brit bucks like
a bronco to get “Moicano” back to his guard, and he kicks off to
push himself back to the fence. Carneiro easily slides back into
mount before Herbert stands up, and he holds the cage to keep
Herbert down. After landing a few punches, “The Black Country
Banger” decides he wants to bang, so he explodes out of position
and separates. Herbert nails “Moicano” with a head kick and a right
hand, and Carneiro is shaken up but still with it. Both men jab at
the same time a few times, and Herbert puts a few more together as
he advances to back “Moicano” off. Herbert sits down on a huge left
hook that collides with Carneiro’s chin, and the Brazilian wears it
well and hits a level change to put Herbert flat on his back.
Carneiro captures mount in the blink of an eye, and he sits up to
deliver ground-and-pound as Herbert twists and flails. “Moicano”
pounds on him a few times until he gets kicked out of mount, and
the round ends with Carneiro in his foe’s guard.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Carneiro
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Carneiro
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Carneiro

Round 2

The lightweights are eager to get back to business, and Tognoni has
to separate them before clocking them back in. “Moicano” comes out
to the center of the Octagon, and he dances out of the way from
strikes to pursue a body lock. The Brazilian takes Herbert down
with this, and the two are in a strange position as Herbert
scrambles. Carneiro quickly secures mount, and Herbert holds on
tight to stop any strikes from coming. “Moicano” breaks this
posture momentarily to slam Herbert in the face with his fists, and
he gets locked down again after landing. Herbert snakes a leg out,
but Carneiro is right there to follow him in the scramble. Carneiro
sits up in a high, strange mount as Herbert scoots against the
fence, but Herbert gets back up from this position. Carneiro drags
Herbert down and takes his back, and goes palm-to-palm with a
rear-naked choke. Herbert grits it out and twists around, where he
is mounted once more as he clings to “Moicano” with everything he
has. Carneiro sits up and smashes his man in the face with an
elbow, and he thwarts a sweep attempt while threatening with an
arm-triangle choke. Herbert pushes off the fence to get back to
half guard for a second, until “Moicano” hops right back to mount.
The Brit bucks and kicks so that he can recover position, allowing
Carneiro to pummel him with right hands. “Moicano” sneaks into
mount again and starts blasting him with a barrage of punches.
Tognoni looks to jump in as Herbert may have gone out for a second,
but a few more punches from Carneiro wake Herbert back up. Herbert twists and goes belly-down to try to
survive the assault, but Carneiro does not let him off the hook and
keeps pounding on him. A lightning-quick back take leads to a
rear-naked choke in mere seconds, closing the book on the Brit with
a crushing performance. Practically as soon as the choke is
secured, Herbert taps for the first time in his career. That is
eight submission victories for “Moicano,” and all eight have come
by rear-naked choke.

The Official Result

Renato Carneiro def. Jai Herbert R2 4:34 via Submission (Rear-Naked
Choke)

Round 1

Up next at welterweight, the man formerly known as “Lokomotivo” now
sports a fancy new nickname of “Danish Dynamite” as Dalby (19-3-1,
2 NC; 3-2-1, 1 NC UFC) squares off with longtime vet and longtime
nicknamed “The Dirty Bird” Means (31-12-1, 1 NC; 11-9, 1 NC UFC).
Action is the name of the game here, and referee Jason Herzog may
have his hands full as these two throw down. There is no chance of
a glove touch, as these two 170ers are intense and ready to start
brawling. Means fires off a head kick early, and Dalby eats it on
the chin and starts to brawl. Both men throw caution to the wind
immediately, and they hammer one another with alternating shots. As
Dalby closes in, Means hits a takedown and puts the Danish fighter
on his back. Means passes to side control as he works elbows from
on top, slowly and methodically working his way to either advance
to mount or otherwise do some damage. When Dalby holds on to him to
tie him up, Means slams him down with his chest. Means crawls Dalby
over to the cage wall, where he starts smacking his foe in the face
with heavy punches. Dalby gets to his knees as he looks to walk up
the fence, and Means keeps him grounded and lands some punches.
Dalby is practically gasping for air three minutes in, although it
does not necessarily mean that he is spent. Means knees him in the
chest when he stands up, and Dalby breaks free and bounces around
to get his blood flowing again. Means kicks him in the body and
fires off a few punches, and Dalby dances out of the way. “Danish
Dynamite” looks to explode with a right hand across the forward
bow, but Means sees it coming, parries it and gets shoved into the
fence. A few strikes for Means have opened up a cut near the bridge
of the nose on Dalby’s right eyebrows, and a sharp one-two nearly
knocks Dalby off of his feet. “The Dirty Bird” keeps it dirty in
the clinch, and he gets off an elbow or two before they break.
Dalby shoots in for a takedown right as the round ends, but it does
not succeed.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Means
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Means
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Means

Round 2

Dalby fires off a few punches before rushing in to a takedown
attempt, and Means is there to thump him in the body a few times.
The welterweights tie up against the fence and score short punches,
before breaking free. Dalby gets off a single leg kick, and then he
changes it up to land flush to the body. Means aims a few punches
up top, and a left hand splits the guard. Means sees its success
and nails Dalby again, and one more gets Dalby’s attention. Means
cracks Dalby on the chin, and the Danish fighter has quite a beard
on him as he walks through everything to land a few of his own.
Means targets the body and head indiscriminately, and Dalby walks
in with a chain of punches into a knee. Dalby shoots in but gets
shucked away just in time, and when they get back up, Dalby leaps
forward with a left hand. Dalby works two right hands one after the
other, and Means greets him with a left hand to the liver. Dalby
slings a head kick, and they crash the pocket and score some body
shots. When “Danish Dynamite” looses another body kick, Means
rushes in to strike before clinching. Breaking free, Dalby slings
kicks high and low, but Means’ responsive head kick is much more
effective. Means kicks Dalby’s leg out from beneath him, and “The
Dirty Bird” hops on top in side control to deal some damage. Means
keeps a heavy top pressure to ride out the round, using a few short
shoulder strikes when Dalby tries to wall-walk with his feet. Means
keeps this position until the bell sounds.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Means
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Means
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Means

Round 3

Means sprints out of his corner to throw a body kick and a left
hand, and Dalby is there to fire right back. In a wild exchange,
Dalby nails Means with a right hand, smashing the nose of “The
Dirty Bird” and hurting him for the first time. Means stumbles back
to the wall, and Dalby wraps him up against the fence while
flirting with trips. Means spins him around and considers a single
leg takedown, but he cannot ground the Danish fighter. Means backs
off and re-engages, pressing Dalby tightly into the cage. This
stalemate continues for quite some time, as both men look to clear
any cobwebs. Dalby knees Means in the face once to break free, and
he clips Means again with a strike. Dalby throws everything he has
at Means, but the American grabs hold of him and pins him back to
the cage wall. Means changes levels for a single, and he chains it
into a double leg takedown, but neither succeed. All the while,
precious seconds for Dalby are ticking off the clock, who is trying
to break free but cannot escape the grip of “The Dirty Bird.” Means
scores a few short punches to the body, grinding Dalby out and
landing enough to stave off any referee intervention. When Dalby
breaks the grip, Means gives him a shove into the fencing, where he
clinches up again. At the 10-second clapper, Dalby tries
desperately to get off, hurting Means again. Means gloms on to him,
tying him up to the final bell.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Dalby (29-28 Means)
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Dalby (29-28 Means)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Dalby (29-28 Means)

The Official Result

Tim Means def. Nicolas Dalby via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28,
29-28)

Round 1

From one action-packed battle to the next we go, as Fili (21-8, 9-7
UFC) will look to thwart Pineda (27-14, 2 NC; 4-5 UFC) and his
constant forward momentum. Pineda sports a 100 percent finish rate
through his lengthy career, so both Fili and referee Herb Dean will
need to tread lightly here. The intense featherweights do decide to
touch gloves before starting off. Pineda ducks down to avoid a
strike so that he can go over the top, and he throws so hard that
he falls across the cage. Fili walks him down, ignores a leg kick,
and is forced to quickly defend himself from a takedown attempt.
The California native stays upright and pushes off, and Pineda
wings w a right hand. Fili tags him with a huge right hand, and
Pineda falls to his knees. “Touchy” touches him up with several
more punches in a long combination, and he backs off instead of
burning his gas tank to seek a finish. Pineda climbs back to his
feet and pushes Fili into the wire, where he can gather his senses
after taking some serious damage. Pineda grinds Fili into the wall
as if it were a cheese grater, until Fili pushes off with one hand.
Pineda slips and rips a right hand, and he nails Fili with a heavy
low kick that makes the Californian stumble. Fili switches stances
after just a few kicks, and he eats a few punches when he
backpedals. Fili surprises his foe with a head kick, and a one-two
catches Pineda square on the jaw. The Houston native is rocked, and
Fili grabs him and hits a suplex to put Pineda down to the ground
hard. Pineda is split open over his left eye, and after getting off
some ground-and-pound, Fili lets his foe back up. After eating a
thudding leg kick, Fili sits down on a liver kick that buckles
Pineda’s knees, and “Touchy” leaps down to finish the job with some
ferocious ground punches. Pineda closes his guard and ties Fili up
to ride out the round, having survived a vicious onslaught.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-8 Fili
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-8 Fili
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-8 Fili

Round 2

The featherweights touch gloves to begin the round, and Pineda is
ready to brawl as he charges ahead with a salvo of punches. Pineda
takes a stunning liver kick, and he just barely blocks a head kick
in time. Pineda gets off a leg kick, puts two punches together, and
is countered by standing in front of his man. Fili pushes off to
gain some space, and a finger plunges deep into Pineda’s eye. The
Texan is in serious pain as Dean pauses the action, and the doctor
comes in to check it out immediately. Pineda’s body language is not
good, as it is the eye that is already cut up and damaged. Pineda’s
eye gets checked out, and he is ready to keep fighting, but both
Dean and the doctor tell him to take a little more time to clear it
out. Pineda is trying to open his left eye, but it is not
responsive and Pineda cannot even tell the doctor how many fingers
he is holding up. Dean recognizes this and calls the fight off, as
Pineda is trying to tough it out even though he cannot see out of
that closed eye. Unfortunately, with the stoppage due to an
accidental eye poke at this early into the bout, this thriller of a
battle will go down as a no contest. If there is a silver lining,
it is that the promotion will most likely run this back sooner than
later.

The Official Result

Andre Fili vs. Daniel Pineda is Ruled a No Contest (Accidental Eye
Poke) R2 0:46

Round 1

One of the more highly anticipated matchups of the fight card will
treat fans next, as two men on lengthy unbeaten streaks in Barcelos
(16-1, 5-0 UFC) with nine and Valiev (17-2, 1 NC; 1-0, 1 NC UFC)
with eight lock horns. The bantamweight horn-locking will draw
oversight from referee Mike Beltran, who sees the two rising stars
avoid touching horns – gloves, rather – before coming out swinging.
Barcelos feints and fakes his way in, and his movements alone draw
reactions out of the Dagestan native. Valiev flings a head kick
that is well off the mark, and there is a tense staring contest
playing out in the middle of the cage. Valiev finally reaches out
with a string of jabs, and only one finds its target. Valiev shrugs
off a leg kick and loads up on a right hand, but he is met with a
high kick. Valiev gives him one back, and Barcelos marches in to
throw but comes up short. The Brazilian scores a quick counter
right hand when Valiev charges him, and he gets off a solid jab as
well. They clash together without much of note, and Valiev zips a
body kick out before Barcelos can stop it. Valiev attacks the calf
before blitzing in with a pair of strikes, and Barcelos sees him
coming and swipes him away. Barcelos whiffs with an uppercut and
pushes Valiev into the wire, where he grinds him for a moment
before they break apart. Both trade body kicks, and Barcelos is
able to follow his with one to the inside leg. A front kick from
Valiev lands straight to the body, and he steps back to avoid
counter punches. Valiev chops down the lead leg, only to absorb a
kick to his liver. Barcelos rings home a right hand, and he gets
popped with a sudden superman punch but does not show any immediate
concern. Valiev tries to dodge a few punches, and when he does,
Barcelos kicks his leg. Valiev shoots in from a distance for a
takedown, and the Brazilian stuffs him with his back against the
cage. Valiev holds on to this position in the waning seconds, and
gets off a knee to break free right before the bell.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Valiev
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Valiev
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Valiev

Round 2

Barcelos is the first to lead off with a leg kick in the beginning
of the round, and when a soaring head kick comes up short, Valiev
hops forward to kick his inside leg. Barcelos tries to pin a
one-two on the chin, but the Russian is out of harm’s way in time.
Valiev ducks down to threaten a takedown, and Barcelos stops it and
lands a right hand. Valiev ducks a huge punch and tries to fire
back, and the bantamweights are elusive and energetic as they dodge
and weave. Valiev sneaks in a few leg kicks, and he ducks the
punches that come his way. “Lucky” scores a huge punch that was not
lucky right on the chin, and Barcelos eats it like an acai bowl and
stuffs the subsequent takedown attempt. Valiev tries to pin him
down with another one of these looping shots, but this time,
Barcelos sees it coming and evades it. Barcelos reaches out with a
front kick, and Valiev responds with one to his foe’s lead leg.
Single strikes are largely the method of attack so far, with one
landing and the other trying to give it back. Barcelos gets cracked
with a right hand in a combination, and he walks through it to
score a stiff uppercut. Barcelos looks to capitalize on that with
another, but it hits nothing but air. Valiev looses a leg kick and
a high kick before Barcelos can react, and Barcelos is aiming with
power punches that have some heat on them. Valiev hops forward and
gets countered, but he slips a punch and lands one of his own. Both
trade body kicks, and Valiev catches it and tries to take his man
down. Barcelos rolls through and gets up, where they deliver kicks
to the body. Barcelos cracks Valiev with a huge right hand, and
Valiev gets knocked off his feet and chased to the ground. As
Valiev sits up, Barcelos blasts him with an uppercut that nearly
separates Valiev from his consciousness. Beltran implores Valiev to
fight back, and Barcelos continues his barrage of strikes from on
top as he climbs into half guard. Valiev survives to the bell, and
struggles to get back to his feet but makes it to his corner.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Barcelos
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Barcelos
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Barcelos

Round 3

Valiev begins the round with a leg kick, and he might not have his
wits about him but he is throwing hard right out of the gate.
Valiev ducks down for a takedown, and Barcelos staves it off and
aims a counter uppercut that glances off Valiev’s chin. The Russian
falls off-balance throwing a right hand, and a leg kick scores
shortly after. Blocking a head kick, Valiev continues to chip at
his opponent’s lead leg a few more times. Valiev walks face-first
into another uppercut, and Barcelos has timed the strike and
watches Valiev’s head bob to land it a few times. As Valiev
succeeds with a right hand, Barcelos nearly kicks Valiev’s leg out
from beneath him with a kick that he turns his hips into. Valiev
plants a one-two on the chin, and Barcelos’ face is showing some
damage but his resolve is not shaken. Valiev puts several punches
together, and he ends a combination with an elbow as Barcelos
marches him down. Barcelos’ head movement keeps him out of harm’s
way, but he reaches out with a right hand and gets snared into a
double leg takedown attempt. The Brazilian hops his way to the
fence and yanks his leg free, and Valiev circles on the outside
before trying again. Barcelos stops it with ease, but he absorbs a
right hand. Valiev keeps volume going, with punches, kicks,
spinning back fists and whatever he can come up with at the time.
Both men land power punches at the same time, and Valiev gets the
worst of the exchange but it does not hurt him. The Russian backs
off with a leg kick, and Barcelos replies in kind. As Barcelos
lands a strike, Valiev is able to get off two or three in the same
span, even if they may not be as individually damaging. Barcelos
stings him with a right hand, and a left gets Valiev’s attention.
Valiev is not concerned, throwing back with quick punches to keep
his man at bay. Both leap at one another at the same time, and when
they land, that is the last bit of offense until the final horn
concludes the match.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Valiev (29-28 Valiev)
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Valiev (29-28 Valiev)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Valiev (29-28 Valiev)

The Official Result

Timur Valiev def. Raoni Barcelos via Majority Decision (28-28,
29-28, 29-28)

Round 1

The co-headliner is an unexpected heavyweight matchup as Boser
(19-8-1, 3-3 UFC) makes a quick turnaround against ex-light
heavyweight title challenger St. Preux (25-15, 13-10 UFC). Referee
Jason Herzog will be watching over this fight that has drawn
unusual card placement, and there is a glove touch as the two are
thankful to be fighting tonight. Boser paws out his long jab,
looking to find his range with that and his leg kick. He ducks out
of the way from a booming head kick, and is light on his feet as he
peppers St. Preux from afar. Boser sits down on a few more low leg
kicks, and “OSP” looks to check one but cannot get it away in time.
Boser changes it up with a body kick, and he is well out of harm’s
way from the blows of “OSP.” Boser blasts his foe with a looping
right hand, and he follows it up with a right hand, but St. Preux’
chin is just fine. Boser pops the body with a kick, and he wings a
right hook that glances off his foe’s jaw. His Canadian passport
waving majestically behind him, Boser continues to batter St.
Preux’ lead leg and face with strikes. “OSP” only responds with
single strikes, like a front kick to get Boser off of him, but
Boser shrugs it off to stutter-step forward with a left hand. Boser
clobbers both legs with his kicks, as these are not pitter-patter
shots, and are capable of shutting a fight down. “OSP” ducks down
right into a head kick and eats it like barbeque, and he swats out
with a few left hands. Boser clubs him with a right hand, and even
when “OSP” rolls with it, it still has some major impact. Boser’s
leg kicks are adding up quickly, and St. Preux gets warned for
reaching out with his fingers outstretched. Boser loads up on a
pair of heavy punches, and the sound of them colliding with St.
Preux’ guard alone is noteworthy. St. Preux gives Boser a body kick
back, but Boser is right there to greet him with another. Boser
chops down the lead leg like a lumberjack, and the round ends.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Boser
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Boser
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Boser

Round 2

The heavyweights touch ‘em up to begin the second stanza, and Boser
is light on his feet hopping back and forth while St. Preux plods
forward. St. Preux sticks out a front kick, and he fakes a
takedown, and the pump-fake draws a major reaction out of Boser.
The Canadian gathers himself and throws bombs, and they slide off
the shoulder but are landing practically at-will. “OSP” crashes the
pocket suddenly to pursue some kind of takedown, and he throws
Boser to the ground with emphasis. Boser does not hold on to a
defensive guillotine choke like so many in the past, and “OSP”
looks to pass guard but ends up in Boser’s butterfly guard. St.
Preux keeps heavy top pressure to tire the larger man out, but
Boser pushes him off as if he were Derrick Lewis and blasts back to
his feet. “OSP” gets Boser back down, but Boser grabs the fence to
sit himself up and gets away with it. An empowered Boser stands up, and he scores a knee
and a big right hand that hurt St. Preux badly. The Tennessee
native falls to his knees and may have gone out, and one follow-up
punch is all that is necessary for Herzog to intervene. The
fence grab may be a point of contention for the position change,
but Boser’s striking got the job done in the end.

The Official Result

Tanner Boser def. Ovince St. Preux R2 2:31 via KO (Knee and
Punches)

Round 1

It’s an all-international heavyweight affair for our headliner,
when the unbeaten French standout Gane (8-0, 5-0 UFC) looks to
punch his ticket on a title shot against Russian perennial
contender Volkov (33-8, 7-2 UFC). Two skyscrapers will throw down
for a maximum of five rounds, and referee Herb Dean may need to
duck every so often to avoid errant blows. There is respect between
these two contenders, and they touch gloves before handling their
business. Volkov begins the fight with several thudding leg kicks,
and Gane tries to counter him with a left hand but ends up getting
his leg kicked a few more times for it. Gane flicks out a jab and
he tries to get a low kick going as well, as the fighters are
attempting to mirror one another. Volkov slowly walk his foe down,
and he strides ahead with a chopping leg kick that nearly sweeps
Gane out. Gane reaches with a left hand to the body, and Volkov is
there to kick his lead leg again and again. Gane stings his
opponent with a jab, and he scores a body kick right after. Volkov
does not break up his rhythm by continue to assault the lead leg
with kicks, and one kick makes Gane stumble but not go down. Gane
looks to catch one such kick, but Volkov recoils it fast enough.
Gane continually switches his stances, and lets his hands go by his
waist as he tries to flick quick jabs up. Gane fires off a speedy
front kick that splits the guard, and Volkov does not like this so
he rushes in with a three-punch combination. Gane races forward to
take the fight down, and the Russian stops it, so Gane backs off
before they clinch up for too long. The Frenchman delivers a kick
to the body and takes one back for his effort. Volkov continues his
battering of the lead leg, and Gane swats at him with a left hand
to make Volkov rethink his plan for a moment. When they both
struggle to find their way in, Gane smiles and laughs. They trade
leg kicks, and Volkov doubles up on it. Gane sits down on a trio of
punches, but Volkov wears them well and the round ends.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Volkov
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Volkov
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Volkov

Round 2

The heavyweights touch gloves to begin the second frame, and both
fire off heavy leg kicks. Gane lunges forward with several jabs,
until Volkov’s leg kicks give him pause. Volkov boots the
midsection and swats with his left hand, but Gane moves away from
the blows. Both land single strikes, with Volkov comfortable to
chip away from the outside with kicks to the leg and body. Gane
scores a kick to the knee and one to the body, and Volkov is right
there to work his leg right back. A leg kick from Volkov makes Gane
pick it up in anticipation of it landing, and Gane steps in to
score a pair of jabs. It’s tit-for-tat as the two land blows one
after the other, and Gane marks Volkov up with a stiff left hand.
The Frenchman follows it with another straight punch, and Volkov
shoves him back with a push kick on the chest. Gane slings a head
kick that is barely blocked, and as soon as he sets his leg down,
Volkov is after the other one. Volkov has a left hand come over the
top, and Gane is able to retreat and stick out his hands to poke
Volkov in the eye. The Russian does not need long to recover, and
Gane is right back to pressuring him. Gane stays active with
peppering strikes, few with major impact, and Volkov winds up with
a right hand. Volkov follows it up with a heavy right and a left,
and Gane springs to life and attacks with his own emphatic
two-punch combination. Volkov pursues leg kicks at the beginning or
end of combinations, and Gane charges in but his most effective
strike may have been a clash of heads when they clack together.
Gane tries a one-two, and Volkov ducks and sticks out a jab. Both
fighters kick one another until the horn blares.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gane
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gane

Round 3

The glove touch precedes the action once again, and the pace is
just where the fighters left off. Volkov absorbs a leg kick to
smack his man with a left hand, and Gane dances back and scores leg
kicks. Volkov takes a left hand on the forehead as he kicks from
afar, with no major damage from it. Gane sneaks in a left hand as
he pushes forward, and he jabs out to irritate his opponent. Volkov
reaches out with a left hook, and he catches a kick and makes Gane
fall to his back. The Frenchman springs back to his feet and takes
a left hand on the button, but it does not shake him up. Gane
recovers well and lands a pair of shots, and he pushes a jab into
Volkov’s face. Volkov catches him on the way in with a short left
hand, and he just misses with a reaching right. Gane pops him with
three punches before pursuing a takedown, and when he does not land
it, he connects with a solid flying knee. Volkov shows some damage
on his face but he continues his constant pace of low kicks and
long punches. Gane pressures him and eats a left hand, but his jab
snaps the head back. Gane rips the body with a right hand, and he
goes over the top to catch Volkov unaware. “Bon Gamin” kicks the
body and leg, and Volkov stands tall and returns fire to his lead
leg. Gane slips a punch to whiff on an uppercut, and Volkov tries
to put his own uppercut on his foe’s face. Gane jabs his way in
before cracking Volkov with an uppercut, and Volkov’s nose starts
to leak plasma. Gane pierces the body with a front kick, and Volkov
sits back to throw hands but gets caught with another body kick.
Gane’s jab continues to frustrate the Russian, and he lands a few
strikes right before the bell.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gane
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gane

Round 4

Round 4 starts with a glove touch, and there may be a sense of
urgency in the Russian’s corner as he swarms out with punches to
start off. Gane slips the majority of them and connects with one
over the top, and he comes in with a front kick. Gane runs forward
with a looping right hand as he is throwing harder now, and he
dings Volkov with a flying knee. The Frenchman has a spinning back
fist get blocked, but he uses the pressure to close in and push
Volkov into the wire. Volkov drills Gane in the chin with an
uppercut, and Gane looks surprised as it breaks up a combination he
was putting together. Volkov jabs out and follows one with a right
hand, and Gane is forced to reset. When Volkov flicks out a jab,
Gane threatens with a single leg takedown, but it is stuffed
without issue. Volkov grabs his adversary’s wrist and tries to tee
off on him with his free hand, and Gane’s head movement keeps him
safe. A long right hand comes before a leg kick, and when Gane
crashes the pocket, several short shots from Volkov land flush.
Gane lunges with a left hand, and Volkov counters up the middle. A
power jab connects square on the chin of the Russian, who takes an
awkward step back to gather his thoughts. Volkov bookends a body
kick that he absorbs with a pair of leg kicks, and he pushes off
when Gane tries to close in on him. Gane’s jab has opened the nose
up again of Volkov, and Volkov smells blood and kicks Gane in the
gut. Gane attacks the body and swings with a huge right hand, and
Volkov rolls with it but still takes the brunt of it. Volkov puts
four strikes together including a few leg kicks, and a short flurry
wraps the round up.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Volkov
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Gane
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gane

Round 5

Scorecards could be all over the map after the 20-minute mark, and
the heavyweights touch their hands one last time to open up the
final period. Volkov walks through a stiff jab to load up on a
right hand, and Gane backs away but absorbs a leg kick. Volkov
scores a few kicks, and both land at the same time with quick right
hands. The heavyweights try to jab at one another, with a chess
match playing out between them. Gane steps in with a thumping knee
to the body, and he circles out when Volkov reaches at him with a
right hand. A pair of punches get Volkov’s attention, who is forced
to back away and reset. Gane strings a series of punches together
to the head and body, and Volkov answers with a single blow that
does not get Gane to flinch. Gane chases the Russian down with long
jabs, and he follows one with a speedy right hand. Gane targets the
body with a kick, and when Volkov blocks it, he has to shake his
arm out. Gane pierces the guard again and again with stiff jabs,
and two heavy right hands land flush but the Russian is
nigh-unbreakable. Volkov kicks the body, and he stretches out a
jab. Gane beats him to the punch with a few more, and he walks
“Drago” down before changing levels for a single leg takedown.
Volkov shrugs it off and gets punched in the face a few times, with
Gane’s active jab never relenting for long. Volkov has a left hand
come over the top, and Gane comes down with a front kick and a
reaching left hand that jabs two fingers deep into Volkov’s eye
socket. Volkov lets out a cry of pain as he leans against the
fence, and he is clutching his eye as the doctor comes in. Volkov
tries to blink it out and rub it, and the doctor wipes it to try to
clear it from him. Dean allows the doctor to check his eye out
again, and Volkov appears to be able to continue. There is no point
deduction for the second infraction, and Gane apologizes as they
clock back in with about 35 seconds to spare. Volkov slings a head
kick and is giving it everything he has left, but Gane is elusive
and quick. Gane sticks out a front kick to make the charging
Russian back off, and the fight ends after 25 minutes have elapsed.
With this event in the books, we have a week off from major MMA
competition until we get back to business. That business is a
rubber match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at UFC 264,
and you better believe we will be here for it. We know you will be
too.

Oxtero Scores

Jay Pettry scores the round: 10-9 Gane (48-47 Gane)
John Brannigan scores the round: 10-9 Gane (49-46 Gane)
Tyler Treese scores the round: 10-9 Gane (49-46 Gane)

The Official Result

Ciryl Gane def. Alexander Volkov via Unanimous Decision (50-45,
50-45, 49-46)

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