TKO (Punches)
      The first round had Volkanovski picking apart Mendes with his boxing for most of the round. Mendes threw a few hard combinations, but for the most part, Volkanovski just seemed more active overall. Mendes scored a takedown with a minute left in the round, but Volkanovski popped back up immediately, and continued to chip away at Mendes. Round one goes to Volkanovski.
     Mendes rocked Volkanovski in the second round, and dropped him a minute into the round, but Volkanovski recovered, and fired back with some big shots of his own. Volkanovski started to do some damage, and then Mendes took him down halfway through the round, and Volkanovski popped back up immediately again. Volkanovski blasted Mendes with some big combinations with 2 minutes left in the round. Mendes shot for another takedown, and took Volkanovski's back this time, in the center of the cage. Volkanovski popped back up immediately again. Volkanovski's ability to get back to his feet is ridiculous. Volkanovski unloaded on Mendes with some massive combinations against the fence, blasting him with heavy hands and some big knees. Mendes looked exhausted, and then Volkanovski finished him off with punches against the fence. That's a huge win for Alexander Volkanovski. I'm a huge fan of this guy!
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Elkins shot for a horrible takedown a minute into the opening round, and Volkanovski basically just fell on top of Elkins. They stood back up, and Volkanovski pulled guard with a tight guillotine attempt. Elkins popped his head free 2 minutes into the round. They spent the rest of the round trading some single strikes, and then Volkanovski took down Elkins with a minute left in the round, sort of went for a guillotine again, gave it up in favor of some ground & pound, and then they reset to finish the round on their feet, where Volkanovski dropped Elkins with a brutal right hand, and then followed it up with one last guillotine attempt. As usual, Elkins loses the first round.
     The second round was mostly a round of boxing, with the face of Elkins getting battered & bloody, and Volkanovski still looked fresh by the end of the round, so I'm assuming Volkanovski is ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, with both guys looking tough, but Volkanovski just outworked Elkins for the duration of this fight, leading to a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Alexander Volkanovski, as he ends the 6-Fight winning streak of Darren Elkins.
TKO (Punches & Elbows)
      These guys clinched early in the first round, they battled to try to take each other down, and Volkanovski was the first to score a takedown a minute into the round, and he pinned Kennedy against the fence. Volkanovski spent the rest of the round grinding all over Kennedy, while working to improve his position. The second round also started with Volkanovski scoring a takedown, and he continued to grind Kennedy against the fence for a minute or so, before Kennedy finally worked his way back to his feet 90 seconds into the round. They clinched, and then Volkanovski took down Kennedy again. Volkanovski worked some ground & pound, and continued to grind Kennedy into the fence. Volkanovski opened up with some BRUTAL punches & elbows with a minute left in the round, and it looked like he could stop Kennedy at any moment, but the referee allowed him to continue almost until the end of the round, but the referee finally stopped the fight with less than 10 seconds remaining in the second round. That was another fantastic win for Alexander Volkanovski, as he hands Kennedy the first loss of his career.
      Shane Young accepted this fight on 8 days notice, making him one of the biggest underdogs on this card. Volkanovski threw a few strikes, and then clinched and pressed Young against the fence a minute into the opening round. Volkanovski threw a few more strikes, and then tried to take Young down, but Young was doing a good job stuffing his shots against the fence. Volkanovski grabbed his back 2 minutes into the round, and continued to try to drag Young to the ground, but Young kept scrambling back up to his feet against the fence. Volkanovski threw a few big punches around the halfway point, and then finally tripped Young to the ground with around 90 seconds left in the round. Volkanovski tried to setup an arm-triangle choke, but they were way too close to the fence, so Young just stood up again. Volkanovski continued to throw big punches & elbows while smothering Young against the fence. Round one clearly goes to Volkanovski.
     The second round was another round full of Volkanovski picking apart Young with strikes on the feet, and then he picked him up, dumped him to the round, passed to full mount, and beat up Young with some more ground & pound until the end of the round. Dan Hardy compared Volkanovski to Sean Sherk, and I think that's a fitting comparison. They both have very similar styles. Volkanovski is obviously ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was another round of Volkanovski smothering Young against the fence, chipping away at him with elbows, punches, he took him down a few times, and Young tried to setup a Kimura or something, but Volkanovski ignored it and just slammed him again. Volkanovski stood above Young while dropping punches on him for a while, and Young just kind of laid there, waiting for the fight to eventually end. The only surprising thing about this fight, was that Volkanovski never really came close to finishing Shane Young, a no-name fighter with 8 days notice. Still, congrats to Volkanovski for another win, with a clear cut unanimous decision victory.
      These guys clinched early, and Volkanovski pressed Hirota against the fence. Volkanovski then dropped Hirota with a massive right hand, he secured side control, and unloaded with some heavy punches & sharp elbows. He stood up, and they reset around the halfway mark. Volkanovski then took Hirota down, Hirota stood back up against the fence, and Volkanovski took him down again, and continued to grind all over him against the fence. Volkanovski landed a clean spinning back elbow, and then they reset. Hirota used his range to land some nice punches & leg kicks, and then Volkanovski rushed in, clinched, and took him down again with a minute left in the round. They stood back up, traded a few more punches, and the round ended. Round one clearly goes to Volkanovski.
     These guys both hammered each other with some heavy punches to start the second round, and then Volkanovski clinched, and pressed Hirota against the fence again. He dropped him with another spinning back elbow, but Hirota popped back up immediately, only to get taken down again. They stood back up, continued to scramble around, Hirota almost scored a takedown, but Volkanovski ended up on top, and then they stood back up. They continued to box at a decent pace for the rest of the round, with both fighters landing some hard shots. Volkanovski dropped Hirota again with 20 seconds left in the round, and hammered on him with some big punches to secure the round. That's 20-18 for Volkanovski going into the final round.
     They both continued to trade bombs to start the final round, and then Volkanovski pressed Hirota against the fence again. Volkanovski landed another brutal spinning back elbow as he broke out of the clinch. They traded some more bombs, and then Hirota tripped Volkanovski, but he popped back up immediately. They traded some more punches, Volkanovski unloaded on Hirota and took him down again halfway through the round, but Hirota popped back up, with his back still being pressed against the fence. Hirota seemed to be the fresher fighter in the final 2 minutes, as he kept throwing big punches & kicks, while Volkanovski was clearly slowing down. Hirota continued to rush forward until the final buzzer, so I think Hirota might have done enough to win that round, but Volkanovski should still win this fight with a clear 29-28 decision, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving Alexander Volkanovski the unanimous decision victory.
TKO (Punches)
      Kasuya landed some decent strikes, Volkanovski tried to pressure him, Kasuya shot for a takedown, but Volkanovski was able to quickly get back to his feet, as he pressed Kasuya against the fence in the clinch. Kasuya almost tripped Volkanovski again, but Volkanovski tripped Kasuya instead. There was a lot of back & forth clinch grappling going on, and then Volkanovski dumped Kasuya to the ground again. Volkanovski opened up with some heavy punches & elbows from the top while pressing Kasuya against the fence on the ground. Kasuya looked like he was in some serious trouble, until he spun around for a leg lock, and used that moment to sweep Volkanovski, resulting in Kasuya securing half mount in the center of the cage. Kasuya went for a leg lock in the final 10 seconds, but Volkanovski just postured up and pounded on Kasuya with some heavy punches. Round one goes to Volkanovski.
     They both traded some sloppy strikes to start the second round, and then Volkanovski scored a takedown 20 seconds into the round, pressing Kasuya into the fence again. Kasuya continued to look for his desperate leg locks, while Volkanovski dropped some heavy punches & elbows from the sky. Kasuya had that one track mind, as he kept digging for those leg locks that he was nowhere close to finishing, and Volkanovski just opened up with some massive right hands, forcing the referee to step in to stop the fight. Solid UFC debut for Alex Volkanovski.