An ill-advised flurry of punches in the fourth round seemed to signal Fabricio's final attempt at winning the fight before the inevitable doctor's stoppage and sure enough, when Volkov was able to counter the result was devastating.
Duquesnoy entered the UFC as one of the top prospects in the sport and laid waste to Patrick Williams in his debut, seemingly validating his advanced billing. "It really doesn't matter which one", he said. "I feel good because it's Mike Tyson, no other guy". Hopefully we can get this fight rescheduled ASAP. Maybe the pressure of fighting in the UFC for the first time got to him, maybe not. The 31-year-old is also a notorious finisher from any position as only two of his 17 wins have come via decision. I want to fight more.
Meanwhile, Jan Blachowicz will hope to gain revenge for a 2015 bout defeat at the hands of Jimi Manuwa.
Bleeding badly from the nose, Manuwa stiffened Blachowicz with a head kick in the second round, but couldn't secure a finish. "I have a bit of an issue with the fans of mixed martial arts because of the way they treat the fighters". Manuwa was favored by many, but Blachowicz landed a nice few shots that dropped Manuwa with about two minutes to go in the first round.
This time Volkov doesn't stay down for long though and when Werdum gets back up he's bleeding close to his right eye and the swelling theat already was there from punches in the first round is even worse now. Werdum softened Volkov up with punches and elbows opening up a cut along the Russian's hairline. He has built a strong case to face the victor of a heavyweight title fight in July between defending champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
If Alexander Volkov wants to take the win, he needs to get it done as soon as possible. With an already accomplished grappling game, the Polish-German fighter has developed a solid jab and kicking game which allowed him to emerge victorious in his last two outings. He too has triumphed over middling talent of late, beating Timothy Johnson, Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve to run his winning streak to five, but turning back a former titleholder is another thing entirely and changes where he fits in the divisional hierarchy. Werdum is slowing down, but he's still a tremendous talent.