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UFC Fight Night 115 live results: Alexander Volkov vs. Stefan Struve

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 115: Volkov vs. Struve, emanating from Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The event is headlined by the two tallest fighters on the UFC roster battling in a five-round heavyweight bout as six-foot-seven Alexander Volkov takes on seven-foot Stefan Struve in a battle that could have contender ramifications riding on it.

Volkov, a former Bellator Heavyweight Champion, has won four straight fights, including his last two in the UFC, and is coming off a big win over Roy Nelson in April. Meanwhile, Struve has won two straight and returns to the Octagon for the first time since an October win over Daniel Omielanczuk. Both men are ranked inside the top ten of the UFC's heavyweight ranking, as Volkov is ranked seventh, and Struve ranked eighth.

The card is filled with international talent, with Siyar Bahadurzada, Leon Edwards, Darren Till, Rustam Khabilov and Mairbek Taisumov on the card, as well as the UFC debut of featherweight prospect Zabit Magomedshapirov.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 11:45 a.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS | 11:45 AM ET/8:45 AM PT

There has been major betting movement in the Taisumov/Silva fight to the extent that at least one major betting site has taken the fight off the books. Taisumov was -240 yesterday and is as high at -900 today, which suggests that a lot of money has come in on him. 

> Thibault Gouti (11-3, 0-3 UFC) vs. Andrew Holbrook (12-2, 2-2 UFC)
Lightweights

Holbrook started off strong but got stuffed on a couple of takedown attempts midway through the round, which seemed to throw him off. Gouti started teeing off with punches at will. Gouti dropped him with a punch combo followed by a head kick and the ref looked like he was about to stop it but Holbrook went for a Kimura. Gouti fought that off and started peppering Holbrook with punches standing. Holbook wasn't defending at all and the ref stepped in to stop it even though it appeared Holbrook  was reaching for a leg. It was a good stoppage though.

RESULT - THIBAULT GOUTI (12-3) by TKO (punches) at 4:28

> Bojan Mihajlovic (10-5, 0-2 UFC) vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4, 0-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Big first round by Edilov. He was picking off Mihajlovic on the feet and got a takedown about 1:30 in. He never let up with ground and pound and Mihajlovic wasn't really defending at all. Surprised the ref didn't stop it as Edilov did a lot of damage and Mihajlovic gave up his back and turtled with a minute left. Easy 10-8 for Edilov

Edilov nailed a flying knee and then got a takedown 45 seconds in. He then went to work with ground and pound, never really letting up. Ref finally stepped in to stop it after about 20 straight unanswered punches to the face. 

RESULT - ABDUL-KERIM EDILOV (17-4) by TKO (punches) at 2:32 of Round 2

> Mike Santiago (21-9, 0-0 UFC) vs. Zabit Magomedshapirov (12-1, 0-0 UFC)
Featherweights

Great first round. Zabit was very unorthodox with his striking, using a lot of head and body kicks and even attempted a showtime kick. Santiago started to take over late in the round, hurting him with a body punch and getting a late takedown. 10-9 Zabit

Santiago started strong and got a takedown about a minute in. Zabit reversed position, though, and controlled him on the ground. He was constantly working to take the back and set up a rear naked choke. Santiago had a few submission attempts from his back but Zabit secured a rear naked choke after landing some hard elbows to the head and Santiago tapped quickly.

RESULT - ZABIT MAGOMEDSHAPIROV (13-1) by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:22 of Round 2

> Francimar Barroso (19-5 1 NC, 4-2 1 NC UFC) vs. Aleksander Rakic (8-1, 0-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Not much happened in round 1 as it was mostly both guys feeling each other out. Barroso landed the first nice shot with an overhand right about 2 minutes in. Rakic rocked him with an uppercut with about a minute to go. Rakic gained control of a cage clinch late and landed a nice knee to the body. Very close, 10-9 Rakic

Rakic started to take over on the feet in round 2, landing a lot of nice punch combos which were set up by leg kicks. Barroso got a takedown with about 2 minutes left but didn't do much with it. Rakic worked to his feet and landed a ton of punches and kicks in the last minute. Barroso took him down again right before the buzzer but didn't do anything on the ground. 10-9 Rakic, 20-18

Round 3 was entirely on the feet, despite 3 failed takedown attempts by Barroso. Rakic wasn't exactly dominant, but landed enough to take the round as Barroso did almost nothing. 10-9 Rakic, 30-27 overall

RESULT - ALEKSANDER RAKIC (9-1) by decision (30-27 x 3)

> Rustam Khabilov (21-3, 7-2 UFC) vs. Desmond Green (20-5, 1-0 UFC)
Lightweights

Close first round. Green got an early takedown but Khabilov right up. Khabilov got a takedown halfway through the round and took the back but Green got up. Khabilov maintained back control and dragged him down a few times but Green was able to get right back up each time. Standup was pretty much even. 10-9 Khabilov

Story of round 2 was Khabilov going for takedowns and Green defending very well. Green was a little more active on the feet but the round was very close. It depends whether you give Green credit for defending the takedowns or Khabilov credit for attempting them. I gave it to Green and have it 19-19 after 2.

Similar to the round 2 in that Khabilov tried a takedown and Green defended. Standup was very even with both guys doing a bit but not much. Green got a late takedown and took the back right before the round and fight ended and I think stole the round and the fight. 10-9 Green, 29-28

RESULT - RUSTAM KHABILOV (22-3) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2, 30-27)

> Michel Prazeres (22-2, 6-2 UFC) vs. Mads Burnell (8-1, 0-0 UFC)
Lightweights* (Prazeres missed weight- 159 pounds)

Prazeres got an early takedown and maintained top position for most of the round. He moved into side control a couple of times but Burnell kept working him back to guard. Burnell did get to his feet at one point but Prazeres took him down immediately. He got mount late but Burnell worked him back to guard before the round ended. 10-9 Prazeres, almost a 10-8

Almost the same as round 2 with Prazeres getting the takedown and advancing to side control and into full mount. Burnell was defending position and worked him back to guard but Prazeres was always able to maintain top control. He moved into mount late and had a guillotine on as the round ended. 10-8 Prazeres, 20-17 after 2

Again Prazeres got an early takedown and quickly moved into side control and then mount. Burnell worked him back to side control but Prazeres moved into north/south position and secured a choke, getting a quick tap.

RESULT - MICHEL PRAZERES (23-2) by submission (north/south choke) at 1:26 of Round 3

> Mairbek Taisumov (26-5, 5-1 UFC) vs. Felipe Silva (8-0, 1-0 UFC)
Lightweights

First minute there was nothing much happened. Silva moved in with a punch and Taisumov KO'd him with a short uppercut to the chin as he went headfirst straight to the canvas.

RESULT - MAIRBEK TAISUMOV (27-5) by KO (punch) at 1:24

Taisumov asked for someone in the top 10 next. He has 5 straight finishes, which is tied for the longest current streak in UFC. He then asked for Anthony Pettis at the end of his interview. The late betting movement and the speed with which Silva went down are probably going to make people question this one. 

> Darren Till (14-0-1, 2-0-1 UFC) vs. Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1, 2-1-1 UFC)
Welterweights

Till controlled the pace the whole round, landing punches and kicks from distance. 2 minutes in, he floored Velickovic with a punch, opening up a cut around his right ear. He pounced on him, landing a ton on the ground to the point where the ref looked about to stop it but Velickovic weathered it and worked his way back to his feet at 3:00. The rest of the round was just both guys landing from distance. 10-9 Till

Round 2 was closer as Till was scoring with leg kicks that were starting to show their effects by the end of the round. Till got a takedown a minute in but Velickovic was actually scoring with punches from his back. Till did the most damage with elbows to the head, though. Velickovic got to his feet with 1:30 left and was landing more on the feet by the end of the round. 10-9 Till but much closer, 20-18

Till landed the key shot of the round, dropping Velickovic with a punch but rather than trying to finish him on the ground, he backed off and playing to the crowd, letting Velickovic up. He seemed to be waiting for a bit shot for the rest of the round but the opportunity never came. He likely did enough to take the round though. 10-9 Till, 30-27 overall

RESULT - DARREN TILL (15-0-1) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Till had great post-fight interview where he called himelf the best fighter in the world and then called out Santiago Ponzinibbio in what could be a title eliminator if it happens. 

UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD | 3 PM ET/12 PM PT

> Leon Edwards (13-3, 5-2 UFC) vs. Bryan Barberena (13-4, 4-2 UFC)
Welterweights

Fairly even on the feet with both guys doing damage with leg kicks. Edwards got a takedown off a caught kick from Barberena and managed to keep him down for the rest of the round. Edwards managed to take the back and secure a body lock, while trying to set up a rear naked choke but wasn't able to secure it. Barberena did get to his feet as the round ended. 10-9 Edwards

Edwards again caught a kick and got a takedown but didn't do much damage on the ground. Barberena got up and Edwards was controlling the clinch. Baberena landed a lot of punches with his back to the cage before getting separation. With about a minute left, Barberena dropped Edwards with a short uppercut and was all over him with ground and pound. Edwards managed to stay in till the end of the round though. 10-9 Barberena, 19-19 after 2

Edwards got a takedown again and immediately took the back. Edwards was really close to a rear naked choke a couple of times but managed to control Barberena on the ground for over half the round. Barberena did manage to get to his feet by the end of the round but didn't do enough offensively to take the round. 10-9 Edwards, 29-28 overall

RESULT - LEON EDWARDS (14-3) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)

> Marion Reneau (#11, 7-3-1, 3-2-1 UFC) vs. Talita Bernardo (5-1, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights

Fun first round that was elmost entirely on the ground after Bernardo got a takedown 45 seconds in. Both ladies had several submission attempts and a triangle from her back by Reneau may have gotten the closest. Bernardo managed to maintain top control for most of the round though and should take it. 10-9 Bernardo

Good 2nd round for Reneau. Was almost entirely on the feet and Reneau seemed to be picking her off with strikes at will. A few times Bernardo missed takedowns and lied on the matt but Reneau would back off, forcing her up. Bernardo did manage a takedown but didn't do anything with it and Reneau was up quickly. Reneau dropped her with a punch combo right before the buzzer. 10-9 Reneau, 19-19 after 2

Oliveira got an early takedown but Reneau was far more active from her back, getting very close on both a triangle and an armbar. Eventually Reneau moved into top position and then took the back. She got very close on a rear naked choke and then just started laying in punches. Bernardo turtled several times and the ref finally stopped it after a barrage of punches with seconds left in the fight.

RESULT - MARION RENEAU (8-3-1) by TKO (punches) at 4:54 of Round 3

> Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1, 2-2 UFC) vs. Rob Wilkinson (11-0, 0-0 UFC)
Middleweights

Wilkinson's game plan was to clinch up and try to get takedowns, being the bigger guy. He did manage 3 takedowns but Siyar was up fairly quickly each time. Siyar landed the best strike of the round  with a crippling body kick and he used that to set up a D'Arce choke but Wilkinson escaped fairly quickly. 10-9 Siyar

AT the start of the round both guys were looking tired, missing big punches wildly. Siyar then caught Wilkinson with a punch combo that dropped him. Wilkinson was hurt badly and Siyar moved in for the kill. Wilkinson managed to get to his feet but Siyar wouldn't let up. At one point, he basically fell down and stopped fighting but the ref wouldn't stop it. Siyar moved in and continued to punch him and the ref finally ended it but it was a very late stoppage. 

RESULT - SIYAR BAHADURZADA (23-6-1) by TKO (punches) at 3:10 of round 2

> Alexander Volkov (#7, 28-6, 2-0 UFC) vs. Stefan Struve (#8, 28-8, 12-6 UFC)
Heavyweights

Fun first round. Both guys had their moments. Struve opened up a cut after a flying knee on Volkov. Volkov got a takedown and landed a ton of ground and pound as the round was ending. 10-9 Volkov but could go either way. 

Volkov really started to find his timing this round and both guys looking really tired by the end of it. Volkov was poked in the eye twice and Struve received a hard warning from the ref after the 2nd one. Volkov was hurting Struve at the end of the round and with another 30 seconds may have finished. 10-9 Volkov, 20-18 after 2

There was a double eye-poke early but no point deduction. Struve was really tired coming out for this and started missing on most of his strikes. He did land a couple of nice body kicks but Volkov followed with a punch combo that dropped Struve and he finished him with punches on the ground as Struve basically stopped fighting.

RESULT - ALEXANDER VOLKOV (29-6) by TKO punches) at 3:30 of Round 3 

When asked who he wants to fight next, Volkov said he didn't care, "let UFC put whoever they want against me".

Struve said that Volkov was just the better man today. He said he needs a bit of a break. Struve said some words to the crowd in Dutch that the crowd seemed to like. Dan Hardy asked him to translate and he said more in Dutch. Hardy again asked him what he had said and Struve just shook his head and walked away. Weird. 

Volkov really should get a top 5 guy next and with another win could easily be in line for a title shot.