Blaydes gets unanimous win over Volkov at UFC on ESPN 11

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Curtis Blaydes was dominate early on in his fight with Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC on ESPN 11. Blaydes appeared to run out of gas in the final two rounds.

Despite running on empty, Blaydes was able to get a unanimous decision win over Volkov at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the win, he set the record for take downs in a heavyweight fight.

UFC heavyweight fighter Curtis Blaydes with a ground and pound after taking down Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC on ESPN 11
UFC heavyweight fighter Curtis Blaydes with a ground and pound after taking down Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC on ESPN 11 (Photo by UFC News/Twitter)

This fight was originally scheduled to take place at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. However, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the event was moved.

Following the fight, UFC President Dana White was not pleased with the outcome. 

“I like Curtis Blaydes, but Curtis Blaydes has the wrong attitude as far as I’m concerned,” White said at the UFC on ESPN 11 post-fight news conference. “I don’t have anything against the kid at all, (but) when you talk (expletive) like he talked this week, you better come in and whoop somebody’s ass when you talk (expletive) like that. When you talk the (expletive) that he did and perform like he did tonight? You look stupid.

“Yeah, he won. He talked a lot of (expletive) coming in this week. I don’t think you talk the (expletive) he talked this week and come in and perform like that. Talking about rag-dolling people, and he’s not getting paid, and yada yada, he should be getting the title shot. He gassed out at the end of the third round, made it to the fifth and won the fight. Yeah, he won.”

The 29-year-old Naperville, Illinois native — who now resides in Colorado — improves to 14-2-1 in his MMA career. This was just his fourth decision win of mixed martial arts journey.

With the win, Blaydes has now won four straight bouts. Besides the win over Volkov, he also defeated Justin Willis, Shamil Abdurakhimov, and Junior dos Santos. 

This was Blaydes first win since he defeated Willis in March 2019. In addition, this was the first-time that Blaydes went five rounds in his career.

Volkov fell to 31-8 in his MMA career. This was the fourth-time that he lost in his career by decision. 

He has now dropped two of his last three bouts. He also lost to Derrick Lewis in this stretch with the win coming over Greg Hardy.

Volkov fell to 31-8 in his MMA career. This was the fourth-time that he lost in his career by decision. 

He has now dropped two of his last three bouts. He also lost to Derrick Lewis in this stretch with the win coming over Greg Hardy.

Volkov fell to 31-8 in his MMA career. This was the fourth-time that he lost in his career by decision. 

He has now dropped two of his last three bouts. He also lost to Derrick Lewis in this stretch with the win coming over Greg Hardy.

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