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UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall Results

Live Results, Winner Interviews And More From UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall, Live From A Sold Out O2 Arena In London

UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall Results

UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall Main Card

Main Event: Alexander Volkov vs Tom Aspinall

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Tom Aspinall submits Alexander Volkov at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Barry/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Tom Aspinall submits Alexander Volkov at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Barry/Zuffa LLC)


Rising heavyweight star Tom Aspinall continued to impress, as the British contender submitted Alexander Volkov in the first round of their UFC Fight Night main event at the O2 Arena in London.
 
Aspinall showed off his speed and striking accuracy immediately as he pushed the pace on Volkov and then put him on the mat less than a minute into the fight. Aspinall bloodied his opponent while they were grounded, but Volkov was able to get back to his feet just before the midway point of the frame. He didn’t get to stay there long, as Aspinall scored a second takedown with under two minutes to go. And this time, the Atherton product closed the show, forcing a tap out due to a straight armlock at 3:45 of the first round.

With the win, the No.11-ranked Aspinall moves to 12-2. The No.6-ranked Volkov falls to 34-10.
 
Official result - Tom Aspinall def. Alexander Volkov via submission (straight armlock) at 3:45 of round one. Official Scorecards

Co-Main Event: Arnold Allen vs Dan Hooker

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Arnold Allen punches Dan Hooker at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Barry/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Arnold Allen punches Dan Hooker at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Barry/Zuffa LLC)


British featherweight contender Arnold Allen saved his biggest and best performance for his home crowd, as he extended his current winning streak to nine with a first-round stoppage of Dan Hooker in the UFC Fight Night co-main event.
 
Allen tripped while throwing a kick early in the first round, but that prompted the Brit to unleash a barrage of power shots upstairs that had Hooker in deep trouble for a spell. Hooker did fire back, but after a brief respite, Allen unloaded with both hands again, added knees and elbows, and this time, referee Dan Movahedi had seen enough, halting the fight at 2:33 of the opening frame.

Arnold Allen Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Arnold Allen Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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With the win, the No.7-ranked Allen moves to 18-1. Hooker, who was returning to the lightweight division after a stint at featherweight, falls to 21-12.
 
Official Result - Arnold Allen def. Dan Hooker via TKO at 2:33 of round one | Official Scorecards

Paddy Pimblett vs Kazula Vargas

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Paddy Pimblett of England celebrates his submission victory over Kazula Vargas of Mexico in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Paddy Pimblett of England celebrates his submission victory over Kazula Vargas of Mexico in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Liverpool fan favorite Paddy Pimblett made it two for two in the Octagon, submitting Kazula Vargas in the first round of what “Paddy the Baddy” described as “the people’s main event.”

Paddy Pimblett Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Paddy Pimblett Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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Vargas won the first standup exchange and the lightweight bout went to the mat with the Mexico City native in top position. Vargas stayed busy, but two minutes in, Pimblett was back to his feet. Vargas stayed locked onto his foe, but Pimblett threw him to the mat and went to work, taking his opponent’s back. Soon, Pimblett sunk in a rear naked choke and that forced the tap out at 3:49 of the opening round.
 
Pimblett moves to 18-3 with the win. Vargas falls to 12-5.
 
Official result - Paddy Pimblett def. Kazula Vargas via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:49 of round oneOfficial Scorecards

Gunnar Nelson vs Takashi Sato

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Gunnar Nelson of Iceland punches Takashi Sato of Japan in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Gunnar Nelson of Iceland punches Takashi Sato of Japan in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Gunnar Nelson’s first start since 2019 was a winning one, as he shut out Takashi Sato over three rounds.
 
Scores in the welterweight bout were 30-26 across the board for Nelson, now 18-5-1. Sato, who replaced Claudio Silva, falls to 16-5.
 
After a tactical start, Nelson took Sato down with a little over two minutes to go and quickly took his back. Despite his best efforts, Nelson wasn’t able to get the finish, but it was a dominant frame, as were rounds two and three, as Nelson again controlled matters on the mat while seeking out a rear naked choke that Sato successfully defended, giving him a moral victory if not the nod on the scorecards.
 
Official Result - Gunnar Nelson def. Takashi Sato via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) | Official Scorecards

Molly McCann vs Luana Carolina

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Molly McCann of England knocks out Luana Carolina of Brazil in a womens flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Barry/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Molly McCann of England knocks out Luana Carolina of Brazil in a womens flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by John Barry/Zuffa LLC)


Liverpool’s Molly McCann was a clear crowd favorite at the O2 Arena, and with one elbow, she gave the fans even more to cheer about as she knocked out Luana Carolina in the third round.
 
McCann (12-4) rattled her taller foe in the opening minute and blitzed Carolina (8-3), throwing both hands with reckless abandon. A clinch followed and the Brazilian cleared her head, allowing her to weather the storm. Once separated, McCann kept the pressure on, and another blitz of strikes to the body and head followed with a little over a minute to go, drawing a roar from the crowd.

Molly McCann Octagon Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Molly McCann Octagon Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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The fight was on the mat in the second minute of round two, but it was McCann still in control, and though Carolina finally got on the board with her strikes in the closing stages of the frame, a wild takedown by McCann returned momentum to the side of the crowd favorite.
 
Carolina continued to surge in round three as McCann appeared to tire, but out of nowhere, a spinning back elbow landed flush and, just like that, the fight was over. The official time of referee Dan Movahedi’s stoppage was 1:52 of round three.
 
Official Result - Molly McCann def. Luana Carolina via KO at 1:52 of round three
Official Scorecards

Jai Herbert vs Ilia Topuria

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Ilia Topuria of Spain punches Jai Herbert of England in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Ilia Topuria of Spain punches Jai Herbert of England in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Ilia Topuria’s lightweight debut got off to a bad start in the first round against Jai Herbert, but he turned things around in the second, halting the Brit in spectacular fashion.
 
A left kick to the head dropped Topuria 45 seconds into the fight, forcing the Spain product to tie his foe up and try to clear his head. With a little over three minutes to go, Topuria got his takedown, but with 1:30 left, Herbert was back to his feet and stalking his opponent, landing some more hard shots before the end of the frame.

Ilia Topuria Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Ilia Topuria Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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But in the second, Topuria turned things around in a split second, with a flush right hand sending Herbert down and out. The official time of referee Marc Goddard’s stoppage was 1:07 of round two.
 
Topuria moves to 12-0 with the win. Herbert falls to 11-4.
 
Official Result - Ilia Topuria def. Jai Herbert via KO at 1:07 of round two Official Scorecards

UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall Prelims

Mike Grundy vs Makwan Amirkhani

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Makwan Amirkhani of Kurdistan celebrates his submission victory over Mike Grundy of England in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Makwan Amirkhani of Kurdistan celebrates his submission victory over Mike Grundy of England in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


In a featherweight bout, Makwan Amirkhani submitted Mike Grundy in the first round.
 
A takedown attempt by Grundy as the bout began resulted in a choke attempt by Amirkhani, and as the Brit tried to escape, the choke only got tighter, and that ended the fight at :57 of the opening frame.

Makwan Amirkhani Octagon Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Makwan Amirkhani Octagon Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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Amirkhani moves to 17-7 with the win. Grundy falls to 12-4.
 
Official result - Makwan Amirkhani def Mike Grundy via submission (Anaconda choke) at :57 of round one | Official Scorecards

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs Sergei Pavlovich

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Sergei Pavlovich of Russia punches Shamil Abdurakhimov of Russia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Sergei Pavlovich of Russia punches Shamil Abdurakhimov of Russia in a heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


In his first bout since 2019, Sergei Pavlovich extended his winning streak to three with a first-round stoppage of heavyweight contender Shamil Abdurakhimov.
 
After a slow start from both fighters, Pavlovich cracked Abdurakhimov with a right hand in the second minute before the two resumed their war of nerves until another right landed for Pavlovich. This one dropped Abdurakhimov, and after a barrage of follow-up shots, referee Dan Movahedi stopped the fight at the 4:03 mark.
 
Pavlovich moves to 15-1 with the win. The No. 10-ranked Abdurakhimov falls to 20-7.
 
Official Results - Sergei Pavlovich def. Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (strikes) at 4:03 of round one |  Official Scorecards

Nikita Krylov vs Paul Craig

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Paul Craig of Scotland attempts to submit Nikita Krylov of Ukraine in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Paul Craig of Scotland attempts to submit Nikita Krylov of Ukraine in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


A clash of light heavyweight contenders saw Paul Craig score another impressive submission victory over Nikita Krylov.
 
Both fighters roared out to start the bout and after Krylov caught Craig, the Scotland native took his foe down. Krylov scrambled his way into the top position and proceeded to fire off hard shots. But just when it seemed like Krylov was in total control, Craig threw his legs up and locked in the triangle choke that forced a tap out at 3:57 of the first round.

Paul Craig Locks In Another Amazing Submission Win | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Paul Craig Locks In Another Amazing Submission Win | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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The No.11-ranked Craig moves to 16-4-1. The No.9-ranked Krylov falls to 27-9.
 
Official result - Paul Craig def. Nikita Krylov via submission (triangle choke) at 3:57 of round one
Official Scorecards

Jack Shore vs Timur Valiev

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Jack Shore of Wales punches Timur Valiev of Russia in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Jack Shore of Wales punches Timur Valiev of Russia in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Welshman Jack Shore kept his unbeaten record intact with a hard-fought unanimous decision win over fellow bantamweight up and comer Timur Valiev.
 
Scores were 29-28, 29-28, 29-27 for Shore, now 16-0. Valiev falls to 18-3, 1 NC.
 
Valiev held the slight striking edge in the early going, marking up Shore’s leg with his kicks, but the Welshman was right there with him. A Valiev takedown followed, but Shore got up quickly and it was back to the standup game for the rest of the opening frame.

Jack Shore Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Jack Shore Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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Shore put Valiev on his back in the opening minute of round two, but the Russian got up quickly and scored his own takedown. With a little over three minutes left, Shore rose and separated from his foe, but the pair proceeded to battle back and forth in grappling exchanges until the horn.
 
A right hand shocked and dropped Valiev early in round three, but “Lucky” was upright and back on the attack within moments. A Shore takedown followed in the second minute, but Valiev sunk in a guillotine choke in the process. After some tense moments, Shore got free and back to his feet, and the back-and-forth continued until another knockdown by Shore. Valiev gamely rose and resumed swinging, but he was taken down, and despite a late armbar attempt by the Russian, the fight went to the scorecards.
 
Official Result - Jack Shore def. Timur Valiev via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) | Official Scorecards

Cory McKenna vs Elise Reed

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Elise Reed punches Cory McKenna of Wales in a womens strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Elise Reed punches Cory McKenna of Wales in a womens strawweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


In strawweight action, New Jersey’s Elise Reed won a three-round split decision over Cory McKenna.
 
Scores were 29-28, 29-28, 27-30 for Reed, now 5-1. McKenna falls to 6-2.

Elise Reed Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Elise Reed Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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Reed had a lot of success with her right hand in the first round, but McKenna took the shots and fired back before seeking out her first takedown with 1:45 left. And while Reed defended well, McKenna got the fight to the mat with a minute to go.
 
Continuing to have success on her feet in the second stanza, Reed controlled the action in a competitive round until another late takedown from McKenna.
 
McKenna got a takedown early in round three, giving her the time and place to make a late surge, but with under two minutes to go, Reed was back to her feet, and she rocked McKenna briefly to put a stamp on a solid victory.
 
Official Result - Elise Reed def. Cory McKenna via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30) 
Official Scorecards

Muhammad Mokaev vs Cody Durden

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Muhammad Mokaev of England attempts to submit Cody Durden in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: (R-L) Muhammad Mokaev of England attempts to submit Cody Durden in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at O2 Arena on March 19, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Twenty-one-year-old flyweight phenom Muhammad Mokaev wasted no time making an impression in his UFC debut, as the youngest fighter on the current roster submitted Cody Durden in less than a minute.

Muhammad Mokaev Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
Muhammad Mokaev Post-Fight Interview | UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall
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A flying left knee to the head rattled Durden in the opening minute, and while the American was able to look for a takedown, Mokaev locked in a guillotine choke that he held on to as he was slammed to the mat, and a tap out followed moments later. The official time was :58 of round one.
 
With the win, Mokaev moves to 7-0, 1 NC. Durden falls to 12-4-1.
 
Official Result - Muhammad Mokaev def. Cody Durden via submission (guillotine choke) at :58 of Round One | Official Scorecards

UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs Aspinall took place on Saturday, March 19, 2022, live from a sold out O2 Arena in London. See Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses at #UFCLondon.