92.3
KO (Punches)
14:49
      The first round had Volkov unloading on Lewis with a LOT of big strikes, and Lewis looked like he was about to go down multiple times, but every time the referee came close to stopping it, Lewis would wing a big bomb to show that he's still fighting. Volkov eventually called a timeout to give Lewis time to recover, for some reason... When the fight started back up, they both landed some big strikes, Lewis shot for a horribly awkward takedown, Volkov ended up on top, they stood up, Lewis rocked Volkov, and then Volkov took him down again, landing in side control. Volkov threw some short elbows, and then he took Lewis's back, and tried to setup a rear-naked choke, but Lewis did a good job shaking him off the side, and then Lewis ended up on top with 30 seconds left in the round. He unloaded with some massive bombs, and then the round ended. That round has to go to Volkov, I guess, but... Lewis keeps proving that he's always dangerous.
     Volkov continued to chip away at Lewis with some big punches in the second round, he rocked him a few more times, and Lewis was still magically staying in the fight somehow. Volkov really should have been able to finish this fight, but he just wasn't going in for the kill at all, he was giving Lewis WAY too much time to recover in inbetween attacks. Lewis continued to throw one massive punch every 45 seconds or so, while Volkov kept chipping away slowly at him with crisp striking. Lewis knocked out Volkov's mouthpiece late in the round, and then Volkov tried to pause the fight, and told Lewis to put his (Volkov's) mouthpiece into Lewis's mouth, because Volkov apparently didn't realize it was his own mouthpiece. I have no idea what's going on in this fight. Volkov is ahead 20-18 going into the final round though.
     Volkov threw a lot of slapping leg kicks in the final round, and Lewis continued to wing bombs at him randomly. I still think Volkov should have been able to finish Lewis, but he didn't finish him, instead, he just tried to string this shit out to a decision, and Lewis said fuck that shit, and he fired some shotgun blasts at Volkov's face late in the final round, and with around 15 seconds left in the fight, Lewis knocked Volkov the fuck out. Lewis dropped Volkov with a MASSIVE overhand right, and then drilled a million 266 pound punches into his face, until Volkov's head bounced off the canvas a few times. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Derrick Lewis, and he showed an insane amount of heart in this fight. After the fight ended, Lewis took his pants off in the center of the octagon, because his "balls were hot". HAHAHA... Derrick Lewis needs a fucking title shot.
91.4
TKO (Punches)
16:38
      Werdum started this fight by throwing his stupid flying knee, and he missed by a mile. He then shot for a takedown, and pinned Volkov near the fence 30 seconds into the opening round. Werdum worked some basic ground & pound, while mostly just keeping Volkov pinned. Volkov was trying to cling to Werdum with his guard, but wasn't making much offense happen on the ground. They stood up with a couple of minutes left in the round, and Volkov unloaded on Werdum, dropping him in the center of the cage, but he let him stand back up. Werdum moved forward, threw another ridiculously stupid flying knee, Volkov caught him, threw him down, and they reset again. Werdum then scored another takedown, this time in the center of the cage with 30 seconds left to work. Round one clearly goes to Werdum, but I don't know if he has much gas left in the tank, and there's still 20 minutes left in this fight.
      They traded a few basic strikes to start the second round, and then Werdum shot for a takedown, but Volkov was able to stuff his shot this time. Volkov stuffed a few more takedown attempts, and then caught a kick, threw a hard leg kick, and then threw Werdum to the ground, bully style, and then told him to stand up again. Werdum scored another takedown with around 2 minutes left in the round. Werdum threw some punches, but Volkov was doing a good job scrambling around to avoid absorbing much damage. Werdum opened a cut on Volkov's forehead, passed to half mount, and then setup a Kimura with 20 seconds left in the round, but Volkov was able to defend until the end of the round. Werdum is ahead 20-18 going into the third round.
      Volkov dropped Werdum early in the third round, popping his eye open, it looked like Volkov was about to finish Werdum, but Werdum was able to scramble enough on the ground to get Volkov to back off, so they reset. Werdum shot for a terrible takedown, Volkov stuffed the shot, and then they reset again. Werdum's right eye looked like it was almost completely swollen shut halfway through the third round. Werdum shot for another takedown, Volkov stuffed it with ease, and then Werdum used black magic to take Volkov's back somehow, but Volkov was able to spin out of danger, and then stood up a few seconds later. Volkov continued to chip away at Werdum's face with combinations, Werdum shot for another takedown, Volkov stuffed his shot again, and punished him with big punches again. Volkov threw Werdum down a few more times before the end of the round. I'm tempted to call that a 10-8 round for Volkov, as Werdum looks like he doesn't want to be in there anymore.
      The fourth round looked like it was going to be a repeat of the third round, with Volkov beating up an exhausted Werdum. Werdum tried to swing for the fences, hoping for one last big explosion, but Volkov dropped him again, punched him a few more times, and the referee had to stop the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Alexander Volkov, and probably the biggest win of his career so far. Alexander Volkov is a beast for a 29 year old heavyweight.
91.4
TKO (Punches)
13:30
      These guys traded some random punches & kicks to test the distance at the start of the first round. These guys are both massive, at over 7 feet tall. Volkov landed a nice uppercut against the fence, and then took down Struve after catching a kick. Struve clipped Volkov with a series of hard punches, and Volkov just ate them, came forward, clinched, and pressed Struve against the fence again. They reset, and Volkov blasted Struve with a hard kick to the body. Struve had some success with his jabs & knees, and Volkov had some success with a few counters. Struve threw a flying knee that opened a massive cut on Volkov's left cheek bone, and then Volkov took him down, and beat the living shit out of Struve for the final minute of the round. I'm giving that round to Volkov, based on the ground & pound at the end of the round, but the crowd is behind Struve, so I'm not sure who will win that round on the scorecards.
      The second round started with both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, and then Struve poked Volkov in the eye with his index finger. When the fight started back up, they both blasted each other with some really powerful jabs, and Volkov rocked Struve's head back. Volkov rocked Struve a few times, Struve was clearly rocked, and Volkov unloaded on him halfway through the round, but Struve was able to eat the shots and reset. Struve poked Volkov in the eye again, and the referee SHOULD have taken a point, but he didn't for some reason. He gave Struve a stern warning. When the fight started back up, Volkov chipped away at Struve's legs with kicks, and then they went back to trading some more punches, and Volkov rocked Struve back with some nice combinations. Volkov nearly knocked Struve's head off with 15 seconds left in the round, and he chased him down, continued to blast him with big punches, and finished the round with a nice knee from the clinch. The second round goes to Volkov for sure, and it was almost a 10-8 round with all of those eye pokes from Struve.
      Struve poked Volkov in the eye again early in the third round, so the referee warned them both (again) for putting their open palms out. When the fight started back up, Volkov beat the shit out of Struve with some clean punch combinations, and he wobbled his head a few times while moving forward. Volkov continued to pound on Struve while walking him down, he blasted him with some hard shots against the fence, Struve collapsed, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was a really strong performance by Alexander Volkov, and it makes him look like a scary guy, considering nobody else is going to be able to match his height or reach the way that Struve did. Volkov is becoming a legit contender for the heavyweight Championship. Especially considering Struve was the only person in the UFC to finish the current Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Volkov started this fight with a head kick, a body kick, some basic clinching, and then they reset. They traded a few more strikes, clinched for a while against the fence, and then Big Country took down Volkov, and pinned him against the fence. Nelson tried to pin down one of Volkov's arms with his leg, but Volkov did a decent job scrambling around to avoid absorbing too much damage. Nelson was still grinding all over Volkov though, so I thought that round was in the bag for Nelson, but the referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Volkov unloaded on Big Country with some brutal combinations, forcing Nelson to fire back with wild overhand rights. Volkov might have stolen that round with his offense in the final 30 seconds.
     They traded strikes for a minute or so in the second round, and then Nelson pressed Volkov against the fence for some more clinching. They split up, traded a few more strikes, and then Nelson shot in for a hard takedown, but it was stuffed, so he backed out and reset again. Volkov was keeping Nelson at bay with his jabs, while Nelson was hammering him with big overhand punches while rushing forward like a tank. This fight is probably going to be all over the place on the scorecards. Volkov is clearly outlanding Nelson with volume, but they're all jabs. Nelson is winging wild punches, and probably rattling Volkov's head a bit more, but he looks ridiculous with the way he's rushing in. I have no idea who is winning, going into the final round.
     The third round was more of the same, with Nelson rushing forward doing the tank thing, while Volkov was picking him apart with his reach advantage. Nelson shot for one last big takedown attempt with 90 seconds left in the fight, but Volkov stuffed the shit out of it, and punished him with strikes. Volkov ended the round by literally running away from Nelson, and Nelson just chased him, looking to land that one last big shot, which he did, but it didn't seem to do much to Volkov. Volkov should more than likely win this fight on the scorecards. All 3 judges agreed, giving him all 3 rounds, and the crowd was pissed.
87.9
Decision (Split)
15:00
      Johnson started this fight with some heavy punches, and Volkov fired back with a massive knee to the body. Volkov fired off some heavy punches, and rocked Johnson all the way back to the fence. Volkov scored a takedown, and then unloaded some big punches as Johnson was trying to stand back up. Johnson fired off a massive uppercut out of nowhere, and Volkov hit the canvas like a sack of bricks. Johnson continued to pound on him with big heavy punches, Volkov looked like he was in some serious trouble, and Johnson still had half a round to work. Volkov eventually worked his way back to his feet, and rushed forward with some strikes to finish the round. Johnson's nose was bleeding like crazy for some reason. Round one still goes to Johnson for the near finish.
     Johnson plunged forward like a tank in the second round, looking to take Volkov's head off, but he wasn't able to connect clean enough with that attack. They clinched, and Volkov took control against the fence. Johnson yanked Volkov's ankle out from under him, scoring a takedown, but Volkov popped right back up. Johnson lunged forward with some big punches again, but Volkov avoided that attack as well. The fight slowed down to a snail's pace by the end of the round. I still have Johnson ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Volkov landed some big kicks in the final round, and sort of took down Johnson, but he popped right back up against the fence. They continued to trade big sloppy strikes for the rest of the round, as tons of sweat was flying everywhere, but not a lot of damage was being dealt in either direction. Johnson shot for a final takedown with 45 seconds left in the round, and spent that entire time trying to take Volkov to the ground, to no avail. That round was kind of close, but Johnson should pretty clearly win this fight at least 29-28. The judges smoked a little crack, and gave the fight to Volkov via split-decision.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      Volkov is a huge guy, in that Semmy Schilt sort of way. With that being said, Kongo's gameplan was clearly to take him to the ground, and beat him up against the cage, and that's exactly what he did, leaving Volkov's face a bloody mess after the first round. The rest of the fight was more of the same, with Kongo taking Volkov to the ground, and beating him up with punches. Nice win for Kongo, but for such a dominating performance, it wasn't as exciting as some of those old school KO victories from Cheick Kongo, where he would finish guys with his striking while standing. Nice solid decision victory for Kongo, in a fight that he was technically the underdog in.
88.6
Decision (Split)
15:00
      These guys both came out swinging to start the fight, with Johnson moving forward like a tank, pressing Volkov against the fence early. Volkov landed a few knees to the body from the clinch, and then Johnson broke free and unloaded with some bombs, and then went back to clinching to catch his breath. Johnson poked Volkov in the eye, and once the fight started back up, Volkov fired back with a massive front kick. Volkov started working some hard strikes, so Johnson took him to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Johnson took his back, and basically just made it really uncomfortable for Volkov for the rest of the round. Round one goes to Johnson for his wrestling, but Volkov's striking kept it competitive.
     Johnson shot in for a quick takedown to start the second round, and Volkov looked like he was working for a guillotine choke, but it clearly wasn't going anywhere. Johnson popped his head out, and spent the rest of the round beating up Volkov on the ground with short punches. Volkov went for a Kimura from the bottom, but Johnson wrestled his way out of it, and they stood back up with a minute left in the round. Johnson pressed Volkov against the fence, and just did the grind thing until the end of the round. Johnson is ahead 2-0 going into the final round, more than likely.
     Johnson clinched and pressed Volkov against the fence again to start the final round. There was a lot of grinding, and the referee got bored, so they were split up with 2 minutes left in the round. From that point forward, Volkov plowed forward while throwing big heavy strikes, but Johnson just clinched and pressed him against the fence again. That was a competitive fight, but I don't think there should be any doubt that Johnson won that fight. Two judges agreed with me, giving the win to Johnson via split-decision. Decent fight overall for both fighters.
87.9
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
6:08
      Meh, this fight didn't do anything for me. Blagoi looked out of shape, and Volkov started way too slow, so the fact that he earned a title rematch with this fight, I can't help but NOT be interested in Bellator at the moment. I gave the first round to Blagoi for pinning Volkov against the cage in the clinch for most of the round. The second round looked like more of the same, until Blagoi went for a takedown, Volkov somehow ended up on Blagoi's back after the horrible takedown attempt, and he made him submit quickly with the rear-naked choke. This is not a Heavyweight division that I have any interest in, if these guys are title contenders.
90.4
KO (Head Kick)
2:44
      Volkov started the fight with a front kick, Siliga caught the kick, and tried to take him down, pressing him against the cage with the clinch. He was able to secure the takedown a minute into the round, but Volkov hopped right back up to his feet. Mighty Mo continued to press for another takedown from the clinch, but Volkov did a great job staying on his feet. Volkov finally broke free, gained some distance, and then he started picking apart Siliga with strikes, before kicking him in the face with a BRUTAL head kick knockout. That was an AWESOME KO victory for Alexander Volkov.
91.1
TKO (Punches)
1:21
      Holata started this fight with some big punches, he rocked the shit out of Volkov, knocking him back a bit, but never knocking him down. Holata clinched and pressed Volkov against the fence, but Volkov quickly dropped him with some punches, he mounted him, unloaded with some massive punches from the sky, and the fight was stopped in under 90 seconds. Fantastic finish for Volkov, after struggling in the opening seconds with Holata's power. Fun fight overall for both fighters.
91.1
TKO (Punches)
2:57
      Minakov closed the distance quickly, running headfirst into Volkov, hitting him with punches, and then clinching, where he blasted him with some big knees, and some elbows from the clinch. Minakov was off to a strong start int he first minute of the fight. Minakov tried to suplex Volkov, but Volkov just fell on top of him. Minakov immediately flipped him over, with Minakov ending up on top inside Volkov's guard. From there, Minakov landed some short elbows to the chin of Volkov. The referee stood them up for some reason, I guess maybe because Volkov was holding on for dear life. Volkov landed a nice combination once they stood back up, and then Minakov blasted him with a massive right uppercut, knocking Volkov on his ass. Once they hit the ground, Minakov unloaded on his face with massive punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Vitaly Minakov is the new Bellator Heavyweight Champion.
87.9
Decision
25:00
      Here we have a couple of the best heavyweights on Bellator's roster. Volkov tripped Hale a minute into the first round, and then beat him up from the sky, while towering over his downed opponent. The final minute had Hale bringing the fight to Volkov on the feet, making the round a lot more even than expected. Volkov tripped Hale to the ground early in the second round as well, and continued to stand above him like a statue. I'm going to call this fight all tied up going into the third round, with maybe a slight edge in favor of Volkov.
      The third round was an uneventful striking match, with both guys throwing single shots, in between long periods of inactivity. The fourth round had Volkov circling around Hale, picking him apart with jabs. Going into this fight, I was pretty pumped about the matchup, but this fight kind of sucks. Volkov is pretty clearly winning, going into the final round, but it's a boring ass fight. Hale looked pissed & determinted to win in the final round. Hale beat up Volkov in that final round, chasing him around and hitting him with hard punches. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 in favor of Volkov. I wish Hale would have kicked it into high gear a little sooner, but he didn't. All 3 judges gave the fight to Volkov, 49-46, making him the new Bellator Heavyweight Champion.
89.0
TKO (Punches)
9:59
      Queiroz shot in for a pretty slick takedown to start the first round, after they traded a few strikes. From that point forward, Queiroz maintained top position, inside Volkov's guard, so Queiroz wins the first round. Queiroz was winging punches in the second round, clearly slowing down after wasting all of his energy in the first round. Volkov was mostly just walking away in this fight, until the last half of the second round, where he planted Queiroz on the floor with some punches. He then let him stand back up. Queiroz shot for a desperate takedown, ended up in Volkov's guard, and the referee stood them up almost immediately, which was a little bit ridiculous. Volkov then dropped Queiroz again, with some BRUTAL punch combinations, which lead to the referee stopping the fight. Nice win for Volkov.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      Rogers looked a little bit like an emotional turtle in this fight. He looked tense, like he was trying to hide inside himself, while Volkov circled around him, picking him apart with some solid boxing skills. I kept thinking that Rogers might fight back at some point, but really, this was just a one-sided boxing match, with Volkov moving forward for 15 minutes, picking apart Rogers with punches, while Rogers just did his best impression of a punching back. Nice win for Volkov, not a very good performance for Rogers.