Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN 11: Blaydes vs. Volkov, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Octagon remains at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas for the fourth straight week, this time with a deep card headlined by heavyweights looking to get themselves into title shot talk.
The five-round headliner will see third-ranked Curtis Blaydes take on seventh-ranked Alexander Volkov as both are looking to earn a title shot. Blaydes has won three straight fights and has said he is willing to sit out and wait if he gets by Volkov. Volkov has gone 5-1 since joining the UFC roster, and a win over Blaydes would shoot him right into contention.
In the co-main event, it is a featherweight bout that promises explosive fireworks as Josh Emmett takes on Shane Burgos. Many thought this fight could be a headliner as both are exciting fighters who like to throw down and look for finishes. Also on the main card is a women's bantamweight bout between Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau, a welterweight bout between Belal Muhammad and Lyman Good, and the main card opener sees Jim Miller in his 35th UFC bout as he takes on Roosevelt Roberts.
A fairly deep preliminary card is capped off by a lightweight bout as Clay Guida making his 29th appearance in the Octagon as he battles Bobby Green. Also on the preliminary card is a women's flyweight bout as Tecia Torres looks to get back into the win column against Brianna Van Buren, a pivotal women's flyweight bout between Roxanne Modafferi and Lauren Murphy, and the night kicks off with the UFC debut of arguably the best prospect in the sport, Max Rohskopf.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Austin Hubbard (11-4, 1-2 UFC) vs. Max Rohskopf (5-0, 0-0 UFC)
Rohskopf is making his UFC debut with a lot of hype. Rohskopf with an early hard leg kick. They trade leg kicks. Hubbard with a right hand. Rohskopf goes for a single leg and almost eats a knee from Hubbard. He gets the back and scores the takedown and Rohskopf is in side control. Hubbard escapes and lands a knee to the body as they stand. Rohskopf grabs a single leg and goes for the takedown and they scramble to the mat and Rohskopf is looking for a heel hook. They scramble to the feet and separate. Rohskopf lands a left hook. Hubbard lands a flurry ending with a right hand. 10-9 Rohskopf.
Rohskopf goes right for an Imanari roll and is able to get Hubbard to the ground and is on top. Rohskopf has a front headlock and is looking for a guillotine. Hubbard is able to escape as they stand. They trade. Hubbard with a leg kick as Rohskopf is slowing down. Hubbard with a leg kick and follows it with a nice right hand. Hubbard with a nice combo. Hubbard teeing off and lands a left hook. Rohskopf looks tired. Hubbard landing punches at will. Hubbard continuing to land lots of punches. Rohskopf is eating them and coming forward but on defense the entire time. Hubbard with a leg kick. Hubbard with a combo to the head and body. Hubbard lands good late. 10-9 Hubbard, 19-19.
Rohskopf asked for the fight to be called off after the second round saying he didn't want to continue. Hubbard gets the win.
Official Result- Austin Hubbard def. Max Rohskopf by TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2
> Roxanne Modafferi (#6, 24-16, 3-4 UFC) vs. Lauren Murphy (#7, 12-4, 4-4 UFC)
Murphy lands a leg kick early. Modafferi lands a flurry as she pushes Murphy against the fence. Modafferi looking hard for the takedown against the fence but Murphy defends and they break. Murphy with a leg kick. Modafferi lands a right hand. Modafferi with the jab. Murphy lands a right hand as Modafferi was coming forward. Murphy with a high kick and Modafferi blocks it. Murphy with a right hand. 10-9 Murphy.
Modafferi with a spin kick. Murphy lands a right hand and Modafferi wobbles. Murphy comes forward and is throwing. Modafferi looks to have recovered and they trade punches. They trade as Modafferi tries to clinch. Murphy with a leg kick as Modafferi lands a combo. They clinch against the fence and Modafferi looking for a takedown. Murphy reverses and gets her own big takedown and starts landing punches. Murphy has the back and is looking for a kimura but Modafferi is able to escape and they stand. Modafferi grabs Murphy against the fence. Modafferi gets Murphy down and they battle in a scramble as they stand. 10-9 Murphy, 20-18 Murphy.
They trade to start the third. Modafferi with a nasty elbow as she stays busy. Murphy lands a right hand. She lands another as Modafferi comes forward. Murphy with a left hook. Modafferi lands a flurry as she pushes Murphy against the fence. Modafferi looking for the takedown against the fence. Modafferi with some short knees to the body. They break and Modafferi with a right hand. They trade punches. Modafferi comes forward with punches and Murphy lands a right hand. They trade punches. Murphy lands some punches and then gets a takedown and ends the round on top. I think Murphy stole the third late. 10-9 Murphy, 30-27 Murphy.
Official Result- Lauren Murphy def. Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Frank Camacho (22-8, 2-4 UFC) vs. Justin Jaynes (15-4, 0-0 UFC)
Lightweights* (Camacho missed weight by 2 pounds)
They both are throwing bombs early. They trade punches in close range and Jaynes lands a right hand. Jaynes drops Camacho with a left hand. Camacho gets up and Jaynes starts teeing off on him and Camacho is in trouble on his feet. Jaynes keeps landing and Herb Dean stops it. What a finish by Jaynes, who took this fight on Wednesday.
Official Result- Justin Jaynes def. Frank Camacho by TKO (punches) at :41 of Round 1
> Cortney Casey (9-7, 5-6 UFC) vs. Gillian Robertson (7-4, 4-2 UFC)
Casey lands early and Robertson gets a takedown. Robertson is in the half-guard and both are landing on the ground. Casey landing elbows from the bottom. Robertson moves to the side mount and is looking for full mount. Robertson with an elbow from the top. Robertson still trying to pass as she lands from the top. She ends the round on top. 10-9 Robertson.
Casey with a leg kick. Casey with a combo and she landed flush on Robertson's chin. They trade and Robertson gets a takedown. Casey looking for submissions from the bottom as Robertson is looking to transition. Casey looking for an armbar but Robertson not in any trouble. Casey landing from the bottom. Robertson remains on top looking to improve position but Casey isn't doing much from the bottom. Robertson with some punches from the top. Robertson looking for an arm-triangle. She lets go and lands a hammerfist. Robertson with more punches from the top. She ends the round on top. 10-9 Robertson, 20-18 Robertson.
They trade to start the third. Casey with a right hand to the body. Robertson with a high kick. They trade as Robertson is pushing Casey back towards the fence. Casey with a right hand. They trade and Casey with an uppercut. Robertson shoots for a takedown against the fence and gets it. Casey looking for an armbar from the bottom. Robertson being composed. Robertson escapes and goes into Casey's guard. Both landing short punches on the ground. Robertson moves to the half-guard. Robertson then moves to the back and has a rear-naked choke locked in tight and Casey taps. Big submission win for Robertson.
Official Result- Gillian Robertson def. Cortney Casey by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:36 of Round 3
> Marc-Andre Barriault (11-4, 0-3 UFC) vs. Oskar Piechota (11-3-1, 2-3 UFC)
They are trading early and Barriault is coming forward. Piechota with an uppercut. Barriault with a heavy leg kick. Piechota landing some punches as Barriault is coming forward. Barriault lands a right hand. They trade punches and Barriault pushes Piechota against the fence and lands a short uppercut. They separate. Barriault with a right hand. Piechota with the double underhooks but they break. Barriault with a big uppercut. He lands another in the clinch. Barriault lands some punches. Barriault lands a punch as he comes in for a clinch but they break. Piechota goes for a takedown but Barriault hurts him with some punches. 10-9 Barriault.
Barriault keeps coming forward as both look to land in the second. Barriault with a right hand. Piechota lands a right hand. Piechota with a left hook. They tie up against the fence and both land before they break. Piechota lands an uppercut as Barriault shoots for a takedown and gets it. They get to their feet. Piechota lands a right hand. Barriault lands a right hand. Barriault with an uppercut against the fence. Piechota lands a couple of punches. Barriault coming forward. Barriault with a right hand followed by an uppercut. Barriault hurts Piechota and Piechota goes to the ground after a Barriault uppercut and Barriault starts landing punches on the ground and it is stopped. Big finish by Barriault as he gets his first UFC win.
Official Result- Marc-Andre Barriault def. Oskar Piechota by TKO (punches) at 4:50 of Round 2
> Tecia Torres (#11, 10-5, 6-5 UFC) vs. Brianna Van Buren (9-2, 1-0 UFC)
Torres has lost her last four fights. Torres with a quick body kick and then a high kick. Torres with a leg kick and Van Buren grabs it and pushes it against the fence. Van Buren gets a trip takedown. Torres is able to get up. Van Buren tries for another one and they go down for a brief second but stand. Van Buren with the double underhooks. They break and trade and Torres rushes in with punches and they tie up against the fence. They break. Torres with a high kick and follows it with a right hand and Van Buren grabs the clinch. They trade in the clinch and Torres lands on the break. Torres shoots in and they trade knees to the body. Van Buren with a last-second headlock takedown. Close round. 10-9 Torres.
Torres with a jumping body kick. Torres with more body kicks and lands a right hand. Torres with an axe kick and then a leg kick. Torres lands a flurry and is applying lots of pressure. They trade as Torres rushes in and they clinch against the fence. They break. Torres with a body kick followed by a flurry of punches. Torres with another body kick. Torres with a jumping body kick. Torres lands a nice left hand tha stuns Van Buren. They trade late. Torres with a late flurry against the fence and lands a head kick. 10-9 Torres, 20-18 Torres.
Van Buren with a leg kick and Torres comes firing with a combo and lands. Van Buren lands a left hand. Torres with a body kick. Torres with a body kick and lands against the fence. Torres with a spinning wheel kick against the fence. They circle away and Torres with a hard body kick. Van Buren looks for a takedown and lands a back elbow. Van Buren still working hard for the takedown. Torres lands a knee as she defends. Van Buren still working for a takedown and Torres defending. Torres with body punches as she defends. They break. Torres lands and they clinch against the fence. Torres lands a combo as they break and starts throwing lots of punches and kicks at the end. Torres looked good in this one. 10-9 Torres, 30-27 Torres.
Official Result- Tecia Torres def. Brianna Van Buren by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
> Clay Guida (35-19, 15-13 UFC) vs. Bobby Green (24-10-1, 5-5-1 UFC)
Green landing early. Guida rushes in with a flurry and looks for a takedown. Guida with a big takedown and looks to take the back. Green gets up and Guida still has the back. They break and Guida goes for a takedown and Green lands a knee to the body. They scramble and Green lands a knee as they stand. Guida with a heavy leg kick. Guida with two right hands. Green with a right hand as Guida comes forward. Guida with a right hand. They trade and Guida gets a takedown and looks for the back. Green defending with a sprawl as he tries to grab an arm. Green with a hammerfist. Green with some elbows. 10-9 Guida.
Guida with a leg kick as Green lands a right hand. Green with a knee to the body. Green with a front kick that lands right on the chin of Guida. Guida goes for a takedown but Green defends it with a knee. Green with a left hand and follows it with knees to the body. Guida with a takedown attempt and Green is landing punches as he defends. Green showing good defense as he breaks away. Green with a combo. Guida shoots for a single leg but Green defends with a guillotine attempt. Green with a low kick and follows it with a combo. Green just misses with a flying knee. Guida gets the back late. 10-9 Green, 19-19.
They come out trading to start the third. Green lands some punches. Guida lands a right hand and then scores a takedown. Green goes for a kimura and escapes to his feet. They both land as Guida comes forward. Guida with a leg kick. Green with a right hand. Guida looking for a takedown but Green defending and lands some body punches as he defends. They get to their feet. Guida still looking for a takedown but they break. Green with a left hand. Guida goes for a late takedown but Green stuffs it again. Green lands punches as the fight ends. 10-9 Green, 29-28 Green.
Official Result- Bobby Green def. Clay Guida by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
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> Jim Miller (31-14 1 NC, 20-13 1 NC UFC) vs. Roosevelt Roberts (10-1, 4-1 UFC)
Miller lands a punch and then an inside leg kick and Roberts slips to the mat and Miller jumps into his guard. Roberts trying to scramble out and Miller gets in the half-guard and had the neck but let go. Roberts scrambles out and Miller looks for an armbar. Miller has it locked in and Roberts taps! Miller with another submission win inside the Octagon.
Official Result- Jim Miller def. Roosevelt Roberts by submission (armbar) at 2:25 of Round 1
> Belal Muhammad (16-3, 7-3 UFC) vs. Lyman Good (21-5 1 NC, 3-2 UFC)
Good lands a flurry against the fence. Muhammad with an elbow as they break. Muhammad with a short uppercut. Good with a left hand. Muhammad with an uppercut. Muhammad with a hard body kick. Muhammad with a leg kick and then a high kick. They trade punches. Muhammad with a combo. Muhammad with a jab. Muhammad with a knee to the body and then a body kick. Good with a right hand. Good with a nice combo. They trade late. 10-9 Muhammad.
Muhammad with a jab followed by a leg kick. Muhammad with another jab. Muhammad with an uppercut and goes for a takedown but Good shows good defense. They break and both are trading. Muhammad with a combo. Good keeps coming forward. Muhammad with a body kick. Good with a combo. Good with a flurry against the fence. Muhammad with a high kick. Muhammad with a body kick. Good applying pressure. Muhammad with a jumping kick. 10-9 Muhammad, 20-18 Muhammad.
Good with a leg kick. Muhammad has a cut under his right eye. Good rocks Muhammad with a right hand and Muhammad is stumbling around and falls to his knee. Muhammad gets up and Good lands punches and then Muhammad grabs the body to recover. They break and Good with a knee to the body and then some punches. Good with another right hand. Good with a jab. They trade in the clinch. Good with an uppercut and Muhammad counters with a combo. They clinch and Muhammad landed an elbow on the break. They are both throwing big punches. Good with a Superman punch. They trade and Muhammad gets a desperation takedown but Good gets up. Muhammad has the back. They break. Muhammad with a left hand. Muhammad shoots for a takedown and grabs the back and has the hooks in. Muhammad working for a choke but Good fighting it off as the fight ends. This was a really good fight. 10-9 Good, 29-28 Muhammad.
Official Result- Belal Muhammad def. Lyman Good by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Raquel Pennington (#6, 10-8, 7-5 UFC) vs. Marion Reneau (#10, 9-5-1, 5-4-1 UFC)
Reneau circling around early. Reneau with a right hand as Pennington lands a leg kick. Reneau with a right hand. Pennington comes forward with a combo. Reneau with a high kick. Pennington with a leg kick. Reneau with a combo. They trade in close range and Reneau with a leg kick. Pennington with a combo ending with a left hook. They clinch and Pennington with a short elbow. Pennington with a knee in the clinch. They each land knees and Pennington lands a right hand on the break. They trade punches. Reneau with a right hand. They clinch and both land knees. Pennington with a knee to the body. They remain tied up against the fence. Pennington with a knee to the body and then another. Pennington with an elbow. Reneau takes the back. Reneau tries a trip but Pennington defending. Reneau with some punches from the back. Reneau with a knee. 10-9 Reneau.
They trade to start and then clinch and Pennington lands some knees to the body. Reneau lands a knee to the lower region and we have a timeout. They get back to action and trade. Pennington with a flurry and they tie up. Reneau with a knee to the body. Pennington with a knee to the body. Reneau has Pennington against the fence. Pennington with more knees in the clinch. They trade knees against the fence. Pennington with more knees as she has the Thai clinch. Reneau gets a takedown and is hanging on to the legs. Pennington gets to her feet and Pennington is on top now and lands some punches. Pennington lands some punches as Reneau gets to her feet. They clinch and Reneau with a knee. Pennington with an elbow and now Reneau lands some body punches. Pennington with more knees. Pennington looks for a takedown and Reneau landing some elbows as the round ends. 10-9 Pennington, 19-19.
They trade to start the third. Reneau looking for a takedown against the fence and then fall to the mat. Pennington may have grabbed the fence. They get to their feet and are clinched against the fence. They break. Pennington with a right hand and then another. Reneau lands to the body. Pennington with an elbow in close range as they get to the fence. Pennington with a Thai clinch and lands some knees to the body. They break. Reneau looking tired. Pennington with a Superwoman punch as they clinch against the fence. They break. Pennington with a flurry and then goes for a takedown against the fence. Reneau lands an elbow. Pennington lands as they break and then lands a right hand. Reneau with a stepping knee and then looks for a takedown but Pennington defends by grabbing the neck. Pennington with an elbow and then a knee. She lands more knees. 10-9 Pennington, 29-28 Pennington.
Official Result- Raquel Pennington def. Marion Renau by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
> Josh Emmett (#8, 15-2, 6-2 UFC) vs. Shane Burgos (#10, 13-1, 6-1 UFC)
Emmett with a leg kick and then a combo. Emmett lands a hard right hand. Burgos lands a right hand. Emmett looks to have hurt his knee. Emmett lands a hard right hand. Burgos lands a left hand. They trade leg kicks. Emmett with ahard right hand. Emmett with some close punches. Burgos lands a right hand followed by a knee. Emmett with the jab and Burgos lands a leg kick. Burgos with a leg kick and Emmett with a right hand. They trade punches. Burgos with a calf kick and then two more. Emmett with a combo. They trade leg kicks. Burgos with an inside leg kick. Burgos with the triple jab and then a leg kick. They trade hard punches. Emmett goes for a takedown but Burgos defends. Emmett with two hard right hands at the end. Close round. 10-9 Burgos.
Emmett throws a hard right hand to start but misses. Burgos with a front kick. Emmett with a leg kick. Burgos with a leg kick. Emmett with a combo. They are trading in close range. They each land a jab at the same time. Burgos with a left hook. Burgos with an inside kick. Emmett with a right hand. Emmett with a combo. They trade leg kicks. Emmett with two left hands. Emmett with the jab. Burgos with a body punch. Emmett lands a combo ending with a nice right hand. They trade. Burgos with a combo. Emmett lands a hard right hand. They trade late. 10-9 Burgos, 20-18 Burgos.
Burgos with a leg kick. Emmett coming forward with punches and lands a right hand. Emmett drops Burgos with a jab and Emmett goes into the guard. Emmett with body punches from the top. They get up. Emmett with a right hand. Burgos with a kick that goes low. They get back to action and Emmett lands an inside leg kick and follows it with two hard right hands. Emmett with another as Burgos comes forward with kicks and the jab. Emmett lands an overhand left that drops Burgoes again and Emmett goes into his guard. Emmett lands from the top but Burgos pushes him off with his legs and they stand. Burgos lands a combo. Burgos with some kicks and lands the jab. Burgos with an uppercut and then a combo. Emmett with another hard right hand and Burgos somehow stays standing. They trade late. This was such a great, great fight. 10-9 Emmett, 29-28 Burgos.
Official Result- Josh Emmett def. Shane Burgos by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
> Curtis Blaydes (#3, 13-2 1 NC, 8-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Alexander Volkov (#7, 31-7, 5-1 UFC)
Blaydes goes right for the takedown and gets it. Volkov gets up and Blaydes has the back and is trying for another takedown. Blaydes with some knees the butt. Blaydes with some punches. They get to their feet but drop to a knee. Blaydes with some left hands. He already has four takedowns halfway through the first. Blaydes still has the back and is in control and is hanging on. Blaydes with some short left hands. Volkov is looking for a kimura. Blaydes still has control as the round ends. 10-8 Blaydes.
Blaydes throwing punches to start the second. Blaydes lands a right hand. Blaydes with a right hand and then scores a takedown. Volkov able to get up but Blaydes keeps control of the hands. Blaydes now in the guard of Volkov and landing from the top. Volkov trying to land from the bottom but eats a big elbow from Blaydes. More big elbows from the top by Blaydes. Volkov is able to get up and lands a body kick. Blaydes with a body punch and a late takedown. 10-9 Blaydes, 20-17 Blaydes.
Blaydes looks for the takedown against the fence but Volkov able to defend it. Volkov lands a knee as they break. Blaydes goes for a takedown but Volkov just falls to the ground instead. Blaydes landing from the top and is hammering Volkov. Blaydes moves to the back. He now moves back to the front. Volkov is looking for a guillotine but lets go. They get up and break. 10-9 Blaydes, 30-26 Blaydes.
Blaydes grabs the back immediately and gets a takedown and has the back. Blaydes landing and they stand and go back down and then get back up as Blaydes lands left hands. Volkov able to defend another takedown and they separate. Blaydes goes for another takedown but Volkov is defending against the fence. Volkov lands some punches but Blaydes scores another takedown. Herb Dean warning Blaydes to work as he's not very active from the top. Blaydes lands a hammerfist. Volkov with elbows from the bottom. They are stood up. Blaydes lands a right hand and Volkov lands a knee. Volkov lands some punches and they clinch against the fence. Volkov gets a takedown. Blaydes is bleeding out of his mouth and is gassed. Volkov lands some punches. 10-9 Blaydes, 40-35 Blaydes.
Blaydes backing up to start the fifth. They trade punches. Volkov with a hard body kick. Both land punches. Blaydes gets a takedown. Blaydes lands some punches. Volkov gets out and they stand and Blaydes looking for a takedown against the fence. They are clinched and both are exhausted. Blaydes still looking for the takedown and Volkov landing short punches. Blaydes finishes the takedown. Blaydes is on top but not doing anything and Volkov landing short punches from the bottom. Last round was close but this was all Blaydes overall. 10-9 Blaydes, 50-44 Blaydes.
Official Result- Curtis Blaydes def. Alexander Volkov by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-46)