The Apex Center in Las Vegas, Nevada was home to a great night of fights at UFC Vegas 30: Gane vs. Volkov. The card saw four (T)KOs, three submissions, and five decisions, including a split-decision, a majority decision and a no-contest.
The preliminary card kicked off with Damir Hadzovich taking a unanimous decision victory over Yancy Madeiros. That was followed by Justin Jaynes losing his entire purse after losing a split-decision to Charles Rosa. Julia Avila scored a third-round victory when she slapped a rear-naked choke on Julija Stoliarenko. Marcin Prachniao landed a second-round liver kick that Ike Villanueva in the L column and Jeremiah Wells showed that experience and strength of schedule don’t always matter when you’ve got knockout power, and he demonstrated that with a second-round knockout of Warlley Alves. Shavkhat Rakhmonov defeated Michel Prazeres via secon-dround rear-naked choke showing he is the real deal. Kennedy Nzechukwu knocked out Danilo Marques in round three to wrap up the undercard.
The main card opened with Renato Moicano taking a second-round rear-naked choke victory over Jai Herbert. Tim Means followed that up with a unanimous decision win over Nicolas Dalby. Andre Fili was turning in a great performance before he unfortunately landed a serious eyepoke that ended the fight in the second round via no-contest. Raoni Barcelos and Timur Valiev turned in a back-and-forth battle that ended up seeing Timur Valiev take a majority decision.
The co-main event saw a back-and-forth affair between Tanner Boser and OSP, but it would be Boser taking the victory via third-round knockout. St. Preux is not cut out for heavyweight.
The main event was a grinder, to put it lightly. but Cyril Gane clearly outclassed Volkov for most of the fight. An accidental eye poke in the fifth would halt the fight briefly, but the action was resumed with 40 seconds left on the clock. Ultimately, it would be Gane with his hand raised after the contest.
Performance of the Night: Prachnio, Nzechukwu
Julia Avila (rear-naked choke at 4:19 of round 3), Marcin Prachnio (TKO (body kick) at :56 of round 2), Jeremiah Wells (KO (punches), :30 of round 2), Shavkhat Rakhmonov (rear naked choke, 2:10 of round 2), Kennedy Nzechukwu (TKO (punches), :20 of round 3), Renato Moicano (rear-naked choke, 4:34 of round 2), Andre Fili and Daniel Pineda go to a No Contest (accidental eyepoke), round 2, and Tanner Boser (KO (strikes), 2:31 of round 2) all finished their fights before the final horn but it would beMarcin Prachniao and Kennedy Nzechukwu taking the performance bonuses.
Fight of the Night: Barcelos/Valiev
Damir Hadzovic (29-28 x3), Charles Rosa (30-27, 28-29, 29-28), Tim Means (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Timur Valiev (28-28, 29-28×2), and Cyril Gane (50-45×2, 49-46) would all go the distance but it would be Raoni Barcelos’ war with Timur Valiev that would take fight of the night honors.
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