Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC On ESPN+ 62: Volkov vs. Aspinall, emanating from The O2 Arena in London, England.
After three years, the Octagon makes a long-awaited return to England with a loaded card including a heavyweight main event featuring a veteran looking to get back into the title picture battling a young prospect looking to break into the title picture, and a deep card overall.
Alexander Volkov will be going for his second straight win as he takes on Tom Aspinall, winner of seven straight, in the five-round headline bout. Volkov is no stranger to headlining UFC events and comes into this fight off a decision win over Marcin Tybura in October. Aspinall is in his first main event slot in his fifth UFC appearance as he looks to improve to 5-0 inside the Octagon and possibly move into the top five at heavyweight.
In the co-main event, Arnold Allen puts his ten-fight win streak on the line as he welcomes Dan Hooker back to the featherweight division. Also on the main card is Paddy Pimblett's first UFC bout in his home country as he takes on Kazula Vargas, Gunnar Nelson returns for the first time since 2019 against Takashi Sato, and lightweights Jai Herbert and Ilia Topuria battle in the main card opener.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Flyweights- Muhammad Mokaev (6-0 1 NC, 0-0 UFC) vs. Cody Durden (12-3-1, 1-1-1 UFC)
Mokaev is making his UFC debut and he's touted as one of the best prospects in the sport at 21-years-old. Mokaev with a body kick. Mokaev lands a jumping knee and Durden goes down. Mokaev grabs him and takes him down and has the neck and a choke locked in and Durden taps! What a debut from Mokaev as he gets the quick stoppage.
Official Result- Muhammad Mokaev def. Cody Durden by submission (guillotine choke) at :58 of Round 1
> Women's Strawweights- Cory McKenna (6-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. Elise Reed (4-1, 0-1 UFC)
Reed lands an overhand right to start. They trade in close range. McKenna pressing forward looking to land. Reed using leg kicks to keep a distance and lands a right hand. Reed with a leg kick. They trade punches and McKenna backs Reed up with a right hand. They trade in a wild exchange. Reed with a right hand. Reed lands a left hand and McKenna shoots for a takedown and puts it against the fence. McKenna trying hard for the takedown and is able to pick Reed up and put her on the mat. McKenna with a right hand from the top in the guard. Reed throwing from the bottom. McKenna with some shots from the top and lands a big elbow before they stand. Reed lands a right hand when they stand. Reed with a side kick and McKenna with a right hand. Close round. 10-9 McKenna.
They're trading to start the second and Reed is finding a home for the right hand. Reed lands a left hand and then a combo. McKenna is staying out of range for the most part. McKenna lands some punches as Reed was rushing in. McKenna with a right hand. Reed lands a left hand. Reed lands a nice combination. Reed lands another combo. Reed with another combo. Reed with more punches and then a leg kick. They trade and Reed lands a nice right hand. McKenna tries for a late takedown and gets it with about five seconds to go. 10-9 Reed, 19-19.
Reed lands a combo to start the third. Reed with a leg kick. Reed pressing forward and McKenna gets a takedown. McKenna with some shots from the top landing punches and elbows. McKenna pressuring from the top as she's working in the guard of Reed. They get to their feet. Reed lands some big punches that stumble McKenna back. McKenna then lands a right hand. Reed lands a right hand. McKenna trying for a late takedown and lands an elbow to finish. Close fight. 10-9 McKenna, 29-28 McKenna.
Official Result- Elise Reed def. Cory McKenna by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
> Bantamweights- Jack Shore (15-0, 4-0 UFC) vs. Timur Valiev (18-2 1 NC, 2-0 1 NC UFC)
They trade leg kicks to start. Shore landing high kicks. Shore lands a leg kick as Valiev lands a right hand. Valiev with a leg kick. They trade in close range. Shore with a leg kick and Valiev grabs him and pushes it against the fence. We have timeout for a groin strike. They get back to action and trade leg kicks. Valiev with more leg kicks. Valiev gets a takedown. They get right back up. They trade and both landing some wild shots. Valiev with a heavy leg kick. Valiev with a body kick. 10-9 Valiev.
Shore with some kicks to start and gets a takedown. Valiev works his way up and they break the clinch. Valiev with a combo against the fence. Valiev gets a takedown. Valiev is pressuring from the top but neither landing. They scramble to their feet and Shore with some right hands. They break. Shore with a body kick. Shore lands a jab. Valiev with a jab. Shore with a right hand. Shore lands a hard combination. Valiev with a leg kick. Shore pressures against the fence as they clinch. Shore gets a brief takedown and lands a knee to the body as they stand. Valiev gets a takedown. Shore scrambles up and has the advantage against the fence. Close round. 10-9 Shore, 19-19.
Shore drops Valiev to start the third and gets on the back and is landing punches. They get to the feet and break. Valiev lands an elbow. Shore with the jab and a body kick. Shore grabs the leg and gets a takedown and Valiev is looking for a guillotine choke. Shore is fighting off the choke and escapes and has the half-guard and lands some elbows. They get to their feet. Valiev tries to land a knee but Shore grabs it and pushes it against the fence. They break. Shore with a combination. Valiev with a leg kick. Valiev lands a nice left hand. They trade punches. Shore drops Valiev again with a left hand but Valiev is able to get up. Shore lands more big punches. Shore gets a takedown and lands some punches from the top. Valiev trying for an armbar but time runs out. Really fun and good fight. 10-9 Shore, 29-28 Shore.
Official Result- Jack Shore def. Timur Valiev by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
> Light Heavyweights- #9 Nikita Krylov (27-8, 8-6 UFC) vs. #11 Paul Craig (15-4-1, 7-4-1 UFC)
Krylov with a front kick and lands some right hands as Craig grabbed the leg. They got to the mat and Krylov is on top and landing some big right hands. Krylov working in the half-guard and landing. Krylov postures up and lands some big punches that landed flush on Craig. Krylov gets back into the guard of Craig. Craig tried to find a triangle or armbar but Krylov got to side control for a moment. Krylov stands and lands some more right hands before getting back into Craig's guard. Craig gets the triangle choke locked in and Krylov taps! Wow, what a comeback!
Official Result- Paul Craig def. Nikita Krylov by submission (triangle choke) at 3:57 of Round 1
> Heavyweights- #10 Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-6, 5-4 UFC) vs. Sergei Pavlovich (14-1, 2-1 UFC)
It starts off slow in the first minute as Abdurakhimov lands a leg kick. They trade close punches and Abdurakhimov with a leg kick. Pavlovich with some punches inside the pocket and Abdurakhimov retreats a little. They're still feeling each other out and Pavlovich drops Abdurakhimov with a right hand and starts to pound away on the mat and it is stopped. What a finish by Pavlovich.
Official Result- Sergei Pavlovich def. Shamil Abdurakhimov by TKO (punches) at 4:03 of Round 1
> Featherweights- Mike Grundy (12-3, 1-2 UFC) vs. Makwan Amirkhani (16-7, 6-5 UFC)
Grundy lands a right hand and goes for the takedown but Amirkhani grabs the neck. Amirkhani is looking for the choke as he's rolling. Grundy is trying to fight it off. Amirkhani has it locked in and Grundy goes out cold! Wow, what a finish by Amirkhani.
Official Result- Makwan Amirkhani def. Mike Grundy by submission (D'Arce choke) at :57 of Round 1
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> Lightweights- Jai Herbert (11-3, 1-2 UFC) vs. #15 (FW) Ilia Topuria (11-0, 3-0 UFC)
Herbert throwing punches early on and Topuria counters. Herbert drops Topuria with a head kick but Topuria gets up and grabs the leg and gets the takedown but they stand. Topuria with pressure against the fence as he looks to get it down. Topuria trying for the takedown but Herbert is grabbing the fence in plain sight, but Topuria is able to complete the takedown. Topuria is in side control but Herbert gets him inside the guard. Topuria working from the top and they stand and break. Topuria lands a combo. Herbert lands a shot that knocks Topuria's mouth piece out. Herbert with a big right hand. 10-9 Herbert.
Herbert with a body kick but Topuria lands an overhand right. They start to trade in close range and Topuria lands a left to the body and then a right hand to the chin that knocks Herbert out cold. That was a brutal knockout from Topuria.
Official Result- Ilia Topuria def. Jai Herbert by knockout (punch) at 1:07 of Round 2
> Women's Flyweights- Molly McCann (11-4, 4-3 UFC) vs. Luana Carolina (8-2, 3-1 UFC)
McCann throwing bombs early and rocks Carolina with a right hand. McCann going for the finish as she has Carolina in trouble but Carolina circles away. McCann still throwing punches as Carolina is trying to escape. They clinch against the fence. They break after McCann tried a spinning elbow. McCann lands a left hand. McCann still throwing and landing big punches. She unloads with a flurry against the fence as Carolina is covering up and surviving. They clinch and Carolina with a knee. McCann with a big right hand late. 10-9 McCann.
McCann clinches up against the fence but they break. Carolina with some leg kicks. McCann gets a takedown and is in side control and landing punches. They stand and break and both are landing. Carolina lands a leg kick. McCann with some punches and gets a big takedown late. 10-9 McCann, 20-18 McCann.
They're trading to start round three. Carolina throwing kicks. They clinch up but break. Carolina with some leg kicks and lands some punches. McCann then lands a spinning elbow that knocks Carolina out cold. What a finish by McCann, just an absolutely incredible knockout.
Official Result- Molly McCann def. Luana Carolina by knockout (spinning elbow) at 1:52 of Round 3
> Welterweights- Gunnar Nelson (17-5-1, 8-5 UFC) vs. Takashi Sato (16-4, 2-2 UFC)
Sato with a leg kick. Nelson with a body kick. They're still feeling each other out. Nelson gets Sato and takes him down and has the back. Nelson landing punches from the back. Nelson with more punches from the back as the round ends. 10-9 Nelson.
Nelson with a right hand and a body kick. Nelson lands a nice right hand. Nelson lands a body kick. Nelson gets a takedown. Nelson works to the back of Sato. Nelson with punches from the back as the round ends. 10-9 Nelson, 20-18 Nelson.
They clinch right away but not much happens before they break. Sato with a left hand. Nelson gets a takedown and has the back with the hooks in. Nelson with some punches from the back. Nelson with shots to the head and body from the back. Nelson looking for a choke but has a neck crank in. Nelson continuing to land punches. Nelson still looking for the choke as he lands punches and it looks like Sato is going to survive until the end. 10-9 Nelson, 30-27.
Official Result- Gunnar Nelson def. Takashi Sato by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
> Lightweights- Paddy Pimblett (17-3, 1-0 UFC) vs. Kazula Vargas (12-4, 1-2 UFC)
Vargas lands some punches early and they go to the mat with Vargas on top. Vargas landing from the top. They get to their feet but are clinched against the fence. Pimblett gets a takedown. He gets the back and is looking for a choke while landing some punches. He's got a rear-naked choke almost locked in. He's squeezing and Vargas taps! What a win for Pimblett in his home country.
Official Result- Paddy Pimblett def. Kazula Vargas by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:49 of Round 1
> Featherweights- #7 Arnold Allen (17-1, 8-0 UFC) vs. #8 (LW) Dan Hooker (21-11, 11-7 UFC)
Hooker pressing forward and lands some punches early. Allen with some leg kicks. Allen lands some big punches that crack Hooker. Hooker now landing punches that hurt Allen. They are now throwing back-and-forth and both landing and hurting each other. Allen with a combo. Hooker coming forward and throwing the jab. Allen with a left hand that hurts Hooker and he's swarming on him and landing against the fence and it is stopped. What a finish by Allen.
Official Result- Arnold Allen def. Dan Hooker by TKO (punches) at 2:33 of Round 1
> Heavyweights- #6 Alexander Volkov (34-9, 8-3 UFC) vs. #11 Tom Aspinall (11-2, 4-0 UFC)
Aspinall lands some leg kicks early and they trade punches. Aspinall gets a takedown and is in the half-guard. Aspinall landing from the top. They get to their feet and Aspinall with some knees to the body before they break. Volkov lands a right hand. Aspinall with a leg kick and a right hand. Aspinall ducks under a right hand and scores a takedown. He's looking for an arm and gets a kimura locked in and Volkov taps as his elbow pops. What a performance from Aspinall to get the win.
Official Result- Tom Aspinall def. Alexander Volkov by submission (straight armlock) at 3:45 of Round 1