Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 65: Volkov vs. Rozenstruik, emanating from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC kicks off a busy month of June, and a busy summer overall with the first of at least twelve straight weekends of UFC action, back at the UFC Apex with a heavyweight main event featuring two veterans.
Seventh-ranked Alexander Volkov and eighth-ranked Jairzinho Rozenstruik both look to get back into the win column in the five-round main event. Volkov is making a quick return after suffering a first-round submission loss to Tom Aspinall in March, while Rozenstruik fights for the first time since September, when he suffered a decision loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC 266.
In the co-main event, it's a pretty big featherweight bout as Dan Ige looks to rebound from a losing skid when he takes on the undefeated Movsar Evloev. Also on the main card is featherweight action between former TUF winner Michael Trizano and UFC newcomer Lucas Almeida, a light heavyweight bout pitting Alonzo Menifield against newcomer Askar Mozharov, and a strawweight rematch between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz kicks off the main card.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Women's Flyweights- Erin Blanchfield (8-1, 2-0 UFC) vs. JJ Aldrich (11-4, 7-3 UFC)
Blanchfield with a couple of kicks to start. They trade right hands. They trade in a quick clinch and Aldrich with a knee to the body. Blanchfield lands a knee and Aldrich tries a takedown but Blanchfield defends. Aldrich with a left hand. Blanchfield with a body kick and Aldrich grabs it and tries a takedown but Blanchfield avoids it. They're tied up against the fence. They break. Aldrich lands a couple of left hands. They trade punches. They both land in close and Aldrich scores the takedown. They quickly get up. Aldrich with the jab. Blanchfield tries a takedown but Aldrich defends and lands after they break. They trade in close range and Blanchfield lands a couple of high kicks late. 10-9 Aldrich.
Blanchfield with a high kick and Aldrich lands some counter punches. They trade in close range. Blanchfield pressing forward and landing some but Aldrich is landing the jab. They're both landing when they're pressed near each other. Blanchfield lands a nice right hook and Aldrich gets a brief takedown but they pop right up. Aldrich with the jab. Blanchfield lands a knee to the body and Aldrich falls to the mat and Blanchfield grabs the neck as they scramble up. Blanchfield with the standing guillotine choke locked in tight and Aldrich taps! What a finish by Blanchfield.
Official Result- Erin Blanchfield def. JJ Aldrich by submission (standing guillotine choke) at 2:38 of Round 2
> Welterweights- Rinat Fakhretdinov (20-2, 0-0 UFC) vs. Andreas Michailidis (13-5, 1-2 UFC)
Fakhretdinov is aggressive in going for the takedown early and gets it as Michailidis landed some punches to defend. Fakhretdinov gets the back as they stand. Michailidis gets warned several times about grabbing the fence. Fakhretdinov drags the fight to the mat but they get up. Fakhretdinov gets it back down and is on the back and the neck but lets go. They stand. Fakhretdinov with some knees. Michailidis keeps grabbing the fence even after several warnings. They break and Fakhretdinov with some leg kicks. Michailidis lands a right hand and they battle in the clinch. They break. Michailidis throws a spin attack and falls to the mat and Fakhretdinov grabs the neck. Michailidis grabs the back but Fakhretdinov escapes to the feet. 10-9 Fakhretdinov.
Fakhretdinov gets a takedown right away and pushes it against the fence. Fakhretdinov with a big elbow from the top. Fakhretdinov just holding it down and landing a few shots but not much. Fakhretdinov takes the back and lands a big left hand and then switches back to the half-guard as Michailidis is on his back and gassed out. They get to their feet and are tied up against the fence. They break at the end. 10-9 Fakhretdinov, 20-18 Fakhretdinov.
They both throw to start the third and Fakhretdinov shoots for the takedown and they scramble and Michailidis lands a knee on the break. Fakhretdinov gets a takedown. He is in the half-guard and has wrist control and puts Michailidis flat on his back. Fakhretdinov with some punches from the top. Fakhretdinov with more shots from the top, landing punches and elbows. Michailidis gives up his back and Fakhretdinov looking to get the hooks in as they get to their feet. Fakhretdinov gets another takedown and Michailidis is bleeding badly from his ear. Dominant performance from Fakhretdinov. 10-9 Fakhretdinov, 30-27 Fakhretdinov.
Official Result- Rinat Fakhretdinov def. Andreas Michailidis by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
> Flyweights- Jeff Molina (10-2, 2-0 UFC) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (14-6, 1-3 UFC)
They trade early and Zhumagulov lands a big right hand. They both throw and then clinch against the fence and Zhumagulov has the back. Molina lands a back elbow. Molina lands some knees as Zhumagulov continues to apply pressure but isn't doing much. Zhumagulov has the back and lands some knees. They break and Zhumagulov lands a right hand as they break. Zhumagulov with a right hand. Molina lands a nice right hand. Zhumagulov with a leg kick and he shoots for a takedown but Molina defends. Zhumagulov lands as they break. 10-9 Zhumagulov.
Molina with a leg kick and then a high kick. Zhumagulov with a body kick. Molina with a body kick and Zhumagulov grabs it and they go to the mat for a moment but get up and Zhumagulov has the back and the body lock. Zhumagulov trying for a takedown but Molina is staying on his feet. Molina landing short punches to defend and Zhumagulov holding on. Zhumagulov is still trying hard for the takedown but Molina is landing short shots. Zhumagulov gets it down but Molina reverses to the top and they stand and Molina with a chopping elbow and we have a timeout for a hand wrap issue for Zhumagulov. They get back to action. They trade punches and Molina pressing forward. Molina with a leg kick. They trade and Zhumagulov clips Molina with a left hook. Zhumagulov trying for the takedown against the fence. He gets it. They get to their feet. Close round. 10-9 Zhumagulov, 20-18 Zhumagulov.
They're trading to start the third and both are landing solidly. Zhumagulov with a leg kick. Molina with a leg kick. Molina with a body kick. They continue to land in close range and Molina is landing slightly more. They continue to trade and Zhumagulov grabs the back and gets a late takedown. Close fight. 10-9 Molina, 29-28 Zhumagulov.
Official Result- Jeff Molina def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
> Bantamweights- Johnny Munoz (11-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Tony Gravely (22-7, 3-2 UFC)
Munoz with a quick calf kick. Gravely lands a big uppercut as they were circling around and Munoz goes down and it is all over. What a finish by Gravely!
Official Result- Tony Gravely def. Johnny Munoz by knockout (punch) at 1:08 of Round 1
> Lightweights- Niklas Stolze (12-5, 0-2 UFC) vs. Benoit Saint-Denis (8-1 1 NC, 0-1 UFC)
Saint-Denis with a high kick that Stolze blocks. Stolze with a leg kick and Saint-Denis goes for the takedown and gets it against the fence. Saint-Denis is in side control against the fence. He's trying to get the mount but there isn't a whole lot happening. They get to their feet. We have a timeout for a groin strike. Saint-Denis is bleeding under his left eye. They get back to action and Saint-Denis gets the takedown. Saint-Denis gets to the mount. He gets the back and has a rear-naked choke locked in at the end but Stolze survives. 10-9 Saint-Denis.
Saint-Denis with a body kick. They trade and Stolze lands a nice right hand. Saint-Denis shoots for the takedown but Stolze has the neck and looks for a choke and had something in but Saint-Denis escapes and gets the takedown. Saint-Denis gets the back and locks in a rear-naked choke and it is in tight and gets Stolze to tap. Nice finish by Saint-Denis.
Official Result- Benoit Saint-Denis def. Nikolas Stolze by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:32 of Round 2
> Featherweights- Damon Jackson (20-4-1 1 NC, 3-2-1 1 NC UFC) vs. Daniel Argueta (8-0, 0-0 UFC)
Jackson tries for the takedown right away but Argueta gets away with a fence grab. Jackson is then able to get the takedown and is looking for the back. Jackson has the back and is working for a rear-naked choke but Argueta is defending well and the fence is helping him. Argueta spins to the top and is able to transition to the back of Jackson. Argueta with some knees to the leg of Jackson. 10-9 Jackson.
Jackson lands a shot as Argueta was shooting for the takedown and they go to the mat and Jackson has the back. They're both landing short punches from the position. Jackson still has complete back control. Jackson with some big elbows from the back. They stand for a moment and then scramble to the feet and Argueta lands some nice punches. Argueta going for the takedown against the fence. They scramble and both go to the mat. 10-9 Jackson, 20-18 Jackson.
Argueta with an inside leg kick as he rushes forward. Argueta lands a punch and Jackson stumbles down and Argueta rushes in as they circle around. Jackson with a leg kick. Argueta landing more as he keeps coming forward and lands an uppercut. Jackson is gassed out. They break. Jackson with a body kick. Jackson gets a takedown and is in side control and trying to pass to the mount. Jackson trying to set up a choke as he's applying pressure from the top. Jackson lands some elbows and they stand at the end. 10-9 Jackson, 30-27 Jackson.
Official Result- Damon Jackson def. Daniel Argueta by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
> Lightweights- Joe Solecki (11-3, 3-1 UFC) vs. Alex da Silva (21-3, 1-2 UFC)
da Silva drops Solecki with a left hook and gets into the guard of Solecki. Both landing on the ground. Solecki with some right hands from the bottom. da Silva keeping Solecki on the mat but he isn't doing a ton from the top. Solecki grabs the neck and sweeps to the top and has a guillotine choke locked in. da Silva is able to spin out of trouble and he stands but gets back into Solecki's guard. They finish the round on the ground. 10-9 Solecki.
Solecki lands a right hand. Solecki working for the takedown against the fence. He has it down and takes the back of da Silva. Solecki looks for the rear-naked choke and is trying to get his arm under the chin but da Silva is fighting it off. Solecki has the body lock. He's working hard for the choke and da Silva gets a point taken away for grabbing the fence with his toes for a long time. da Silva survives the round. 10-8 Solecki, 20-17 Solecki.
They trade to start and da Silva lands a jumping knee to the body. Solecki tries for a takedown and they go to the mat and da Silva is on top but they get to their feet. da Silva lands a nice left hook after Solecki lands. Solecki pulls guard and da Silva is on top but not doing much. da Silva lands a couple of elbows from the top. da Silva stands and lands a leg kick. Solecki gets to his feet. da Silva lands a couple of big right hands. Solecki with a left hook and da Silva with a leg kick. da Silva with an uppercut. Solecki lands a right hand. They trade punches. They trade jabs at the end. 10-9 da Silva, 29-27 Solecki.
Official Result- Joe Solecki def. Alex da Silva by majority decision (28-28, 28-27, 29-27)
> Women's Strawweights- Felice Herrig (14-9, 5-4 UFC) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (12-7, 5-7 UFC)
Kowalkiewicz landing some sharp right hands early. They trade right hands. Kowalkiewicz lands a right hand as Herrig was rushing in. Herrig lands a left hand. Kowalkiewicz with a couple of body kicks and they trade punches. Kowalkiewicz gets a takedown but Herrig reverses to the feet. They trade and Kowalkiewicz lands a stiff right jab. Kowalkiewicz with a combo. They clinch and Kowalkiewicz pushes it against the fence and lands a knee and looks to jump up on the back. Kowalkiewicz with an elbow and right hand as they break. Herrig shoots for the takedown but Kowalkiewicz defends. They're tied up and Kowalkiewicz with a knee. They break. Kowalkiewicz with a jab. 10-9 Kowalkiewicz.
They're trading in the first minute and both are landing solid shots. Kowalkiewicz is landing with slightly more volume but Herrig lands a nice left hand and follows it with a nice right hand. Kowalkiewicz with the jab. Kowalkiewicz with another jab and follows it with a solid right hand. Herrig with a body kick and gets a takedown but Kowalkiewicz reverses to the top. Kowalkiewicz with an elbow from the top. She grabs the back and locks in a rear-naked choke and it is in tight. Herrig is defending and trying to escape and does for a moment. Kowalkiewicz with big punches from the back. She lands more then locks in the rear-naked choke again. Herrig taps! Big win for Kowalkiewicz as she had lost five straight coming into this.
Official Result- Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Felice Herrig by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:01 of Round 2
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> Light Heavyweights- Alonzo Menifield (11-3, 4-3 UFC) vs. Askar Mozharov (19-12, 0-0 UFC)
Menifield gets an early takedown and is working from the top. Menifield continuing to work from the top and landing shots and keeping Mozharov pinned on the mat. They get to their feet and Mozharov throwing big punches and lands a kick. He looks to land a right hand but Menifield gets an easy takedown. Menifield gets side control and lands big elbows and gets the crucifix. Menifield landing lots of punches. Menifield with big elbows to the head and it is over. Big finish by Menifield.
Official Result- Alonzo Menifield def. Askar Mozharov by TKO (elbows) at 4:40 of Round 1
> Flyweights- Ode Osbourne (10-4, 2-2 UFC) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (4-3, 1-2 UFC)
Adashev with a leg kick. Osbourne with a leg kick. Adashev throws some big punches but mostly misses. Osbourne cracks Adashev with an overhand right and Adashev goes down and Osbourne starts landing until it is all over. What a finish by Osbourne.
Official Result- Ode Osbourne def. Zarrukh Adashev by knockout (punches) at 1:01 of Round 1
> Women's Flyweights- Karine Silva (14-4, 0-0 UFC) vs. Poliana Botelho (8-4, 3-3 UFC)
They trade leg kicks early and Botelho lands a left hand. They trade body kicks and Botelho with a left hook. Botelho lands a body kick. Silva lands a left hand. Silva with a right hand. Silva with some leg kicks. They trade punches. Silva with a right hand and gets a takedown. Silva has a D'Arce choke locked in and gets Botelho to tap with seconds left in the first. Nice finish by Silva.
Official Result- Karine Silva def. Poliana Botelho by submission (D'Arce choke) at 4:55 of Round 1
> Featherweights- Michael Trizano (9-2, 3-2 UFC) vs. Lucas Almeida (13-1, 0-0 UFC)
Both land leg kicks early. Almeida with a leg kick after Trizano lands a right hand. Almeida then connects with a combo. Almeida with a leg kick. He lands a jab. Trizano with a left hand and he grabs the body lock against the fence. They break. Almeida lands a combo to the body and ends with a leg kick. Trizano looks for the takedown against the fence. They break. Almeida with a combo. Trizano with a combo. Almeida with a leg kick. He lands another. Trizano rocks Almeida with a left hook and Almeida ends up following to the mat and Trizano gets on top. Trizano with a right hand from the top. He lands more shots from the top at the end. 10-9 Trizano.
Trizano lands a jab. Almeida with a leg kick. Almeida with another leg kick after he misses punches. They trade inside close range and Almeida lands a clean left hook. Almeida lands a right hand. Almeida drops Trizano with a left hand and gets on top and is looking to finish as he gets into Trizano's guard. They accidentally clash heads and Trizano is bleeding badly. Almeida is landing from the top and now takes the back of Trizano. They get to their feet and a timeout is called to check the cut on Trizano. They get back to action and Almeida rocks Trizano late. 10-9 Almeida, 19-19.
They're trading to start the third and Almeida drops Trizano with a left hand. Almeida gets on top and is landing big strikes and it is stopped. What a finish by Almeida.
Official Result- Lucas Almeida def. Michael Trizano by TKO (punches) at :55 of Round 3
> Featherweights- #10 Dan Ige (15-5, 7-4 UFC) vs. #13 Movsar Evloev (15-0, 5-0 UFC)
Evloev with an inside leg kick. Ige with a quick combination. Evloev with a leg kick. Ige with some body shots. Evloev lands a right hand. Evloev with a front kick up the middle. Ige with the double jab. Ige with a right hand. Ige with a combo to the body. Evloev hurts Ige with a counter flying knee. Evloev with a right hand. Evloev with another right hand. Evloev gets the takedown and takes the back as they stand. Evloev with a big slam but they get to their feet. Evloev has the back and Ige lands a back elbow. They break. Evloev with a body kick. 10-9 Evloev.
They trade to start the second and Evloev with a high kick. They're trading kicks and punches and both are landing pretty equally. Ige lands the jab. Ige with a right hand as Evloev lands a combo. They trade big shots in close range. Evloev with a right hand. Ige is a bloody mess. Ige with a body kick and Evloev lands a right hand and then scores a takedown. Evloev landing from the top and keeping Ige pinned down. Evloev with a big elbow. 10-9 Evloev, 20-18 Evloev.
They tie up right away and Evloev gets a takedown. Evloev grabs the back of Ige and is landing punches. They get to their feet and Evloev still has the back and he drags it back down. Evloev went for a kimura but they scrambled and Evloev still has the back. Evloev with some hammerfists to Ige as Ige is trying to sprawl. Ige with some side elbows but still eating hammerfists from Evloev. Evloev gets to the guard of Ige. Ige tried a triangle but Evloev slipped out and takes the back. They get to their feet. Ige with a right hand but Evloev takes him right down. Evloev lands from the top at the end. 10-9 Evloev, 30-27 Evloev.
Official Result- Movsar Evloev def. Dan Ige by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
> Heavyweights- #7 Alexander Volkov (34-10, 8-4 UFC) vs. #8 Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3, 6-3 UFC)
They trade quite a few leg kicks early on. Rozenstruik with an inside leg kick. Volkov with a leg kick. He lands another. They trade punches. They both land some big punches and Rozenstruik just missed some big shots. Volkov with a big right hand and starts landing big shots and it is all over. Big early finish by Volkov but it may have been a little early, but it doesn't matter. Impressive win by Volkov.
Official Result- Alexander Volkov def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by TKO (punches) at 2:12 of Round 1