The 32-year old Russian was convincing, not allowing the more famous, but older as well, Overeem, to catch breath throughout seven minutes of tonight’s battle. Volkov (47-19 MMA, 12-8 UFC) was beating the veteran constantly with his jab and one-two punches, which were, in the end, what finished the former Strikeforce champ.https://twitter.com/mmadissect/status/1358264774140833792
Right from the start, Volkov’s jab was splitting Overeem’s (33-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) guard, and the Russian was occasionally adding short combos that saw his rival wobbling, and retreating. Already following the first round, big damage was seen on Alistair’s nose and face, with the same being, even worse, just a minute inside the second.
We need to add that his overall shape was not as we used to, with Overeem having a few pounds more than usual. It seems that his age is finally catching up, and that ‘Reem needs to start thinking about retirement soon enough. That title match won’t come after this loss, and judging by the way he fought in the last few fights, Overeem is in severe decline.
As for Volkov, he is going up, and without any doubt, this is the biggest win of his career. After beating Walt Harris last October, the Demolition Man is another name in his resume, arguably the most sounding along with Fabricio Werdum.
It is a refreshment following a very convincing loss to Curtis Blaydes, who pretty much rolled over the Russian in five rounds in June. Once asked about his plans for the future and the potential rival, Volkov didn’t have any specific wishes, just saying that he wants to win and continue with his progress in the division.
Cory Sandhagen knocked out Frankie Edgar with a fantastic flying knee in the co-main event of the night, delivering what might be a KO of the year already in early February. The bantamweight fight lasted for just 28 seconds, sending the former champ to the canvas instantly. Edgar, too, needs to think about retirement, due to his recent record, and a massive drop in the performance.
As for Sandhagen, he added another highlight-reel KO, following that beauty against Marlon Moraes. He is on his way up and will probably meet the winner of Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling bout.