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UFC Fight Night 127 live results: Werdum vs. Volkov

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 127: Werdum vs. Volkov, emanating from The O2 Arena in London, England.

The Octagon heads to London for the tenth time, with yet another sellout crowd expected to be in attendance, headlined by two heavyweights looking to secure a title shot in the year 2018.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum is gunning for his third straight win as he takes on Alexander Volkov, winner of five straight fights and undefeated inside the UFC Octagon. Werdum looks to build off of a win over Marcin Tybura in November, while Volkov comes off of a knockout win over Stefan Struve in September.

In the co-main event, Jimi Manuwa looks to get back into the win column as he takes on Jan Blachowicz in a rematch of an April 2015 bout won by Manuwa. Also on the main card is bantamweight prospect Tom Duquesnoy taking on Terrion Ware, and welterweight Leon Edwards goes for his fifth straight win against Peter Sobotta.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 1:45 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

A late cancellation on this show as Nasrat Haqparast was pulled from the opening bout with Nad Narimani as he was deemed to have an infectious eye condition preventing him from being medically cleared to fight. 


> Mark Godbeer (13-3, 2-1 UFC) vs. Dmitry Sosnovskiy (10-0, 0-0 UFC)

Sosnovskiy got an early takedown but Godbeer was more active from his back. Sosnovskiy did get side control at one point but didn't do anything with it. After Godbeer worked him back to guard the ref stood them up. Godbeer blocked a takedown attempt and ended up on top. With about a minute left, Godbeer started doing some damage with ground and pound and probably stole the round. Sosnovskiy seemed to be fading at the end of the round. 10-9 Godbeer

Sosnovskiy got an early takedown but Godbeer quickly gained top position. Sosnovskiy ended up regaining position after Godbeer did some ground and pound. Sosnovskiy didn't do much from the top and again Godbeer was able to regain top position. Sosnovskiy had a Kimura attempt from his back but Godbeer fought it off. The ref ended up standing them with about 1:30 left. Sosnovskiy got another takedown and quickly moved into mount. Godbeer gave up his back and Sosnovskiy landed a punch of really hard punches to the head and secured a rear naked choke for the tap. 

Official result - Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (11-0) by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:29 of round 2

> Stevie Ray (21-7, 5-2 UFC) vs. Kajan Johnson (22-12-1, 3-1 UFC)

Almost nothing happened in the round. Ray controlled the action but with new scoring that's not a factor. Both guys landed occasional kicks from distance but I don't think a punch was even thrown the entire round, let alone landed. Crowd was booing loudly by the end of the round. 10-10

Johnson had a nice kick/punch combo early and got a takedown. Ray had a guillotine attempt from his back. After Johnson escaped, Ray made it to his feet. Ray got a takedown but didn't do much with it. Both got to their feet agian. Ray had a really nice punch combo and was hurting Johnson with leg kicks. In the last 30 seconds each guy was landing takedowns but the other would get up and then get a takedown of his own. Much better 2nd round. 10-9 Ray, 20-19 overall

Ray had a couple really nice punch combos early. Johnson got a takedown but couldn't do much with it. Ray had a leglock attempt from his back but Johnson defended it. Crowd was booing for lack of action and the ref stood them up. Ray got a takedown with a minute left and was controlling him well and did a lot of damage in the last 15 seconds to cinch the round and the fight. 10-9 Ray, 30-28 overall

Official result - Kajan Johnson (23-12-1) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

Crowd was booing the result and Johnson during his promo. He said it was a close fight and it comes down to how you scored the second. He called out the crowd as being disrespectful and Dan Hardy, who was doing the interview, agreed with him. Johnson said he would've been happy with a draw and would've understood if the decision went to Ray. He did get takedowns but did nothing with them and Ray did more damage on the feet. 

The showed a commercial indicating the return of the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series to UFC Fight Pass. 

> Paul Craig (9-2, 1-2 UFC) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (10-0, 0-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Ankalaev looked very good on his feet early. Craig was trying to clinch up and finally pinned Ankalaev against the cage and got a takedown 3 minutes in. Craig quickly gained side control and had a triangle attempt but didn't do much damage. Ankalaev was able to get top position and did some damage and then postured up to improve position before throwing some hammer fists and going back to the ground, quickly gaining mount and landing a flurry of punches to the head as the round ended. 10-9 Ankalaev

Started off pretty even on the feet and Craig kept trying to take it to the ground. He finally got a takedown about 3 minutes in again. He didn't do much but Ankalaev made it to his knees and then dead-lifted Craig up and took him down. Ankalaev did damage from the top and moved into side control where he finished the round. 10-9 Ankalaev, 20-18 overall

Ankalaev hurt Craig early with a flurry of punches. Craig went for a takedown but ended up on his back. Ankalaev backed off, forcing him up. Craig kept going for takedowns but Ankalaev defended well. Craig threw a spinning elbow and missed and fell to the floor. Ankalaev pounced on him, landing heavy ground and pound. Ankalaev was controlling him and landing a ton of ground and pound and was on his way to 10-8 third. Craig threw up a triangle attempt with 10 seconds left and Ankalaev tapped. This was the most incredible comeback in UFC history. 

Official result - Paul Craig (10-2) by submission (triangle choke) at 4:59 of the 3rd round

That was the latest finish in UFC history for a 3 round fight. Ray was also on the last fight of his UFC contract and coming off 2 straight losses so he probably saved his job and may end up picking up a 50K performance bonus as well. It ain't over till it's over. 

> Danny Henry (11-2, 1-0 UFC) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (7-0-1, 0-0 UFC)

Henry dropped Dawodu early with a punch combo and went to the ground with him. He grabbed a guillotine and Dawodu was trying to fight it off. They were briefly to the feet and then Henry really cinched it in and Dawodu tapped before passing out. 

Official result - Danny Henry (12-2) by submission (guillotine) at 39 seconds

> Danny Roberts (14-3, 3-2 UFC) vs. Oliver Enkamp (7-1, 0-1 UFC)

Roberts opened with a nice punch combo that hurt Enkamp. Enkamp clinched up on the cage. After breaking on their own, Roberts landed a straight left that knocked Enkamp out cold. 

Official result - Danny Roberts (15-3) by KO (punch) at 2:12

Roberts had a good promo after the fight, saying that he came from nothing and he proved that anyone in the crowd can make something of themselves. 

> John Phillips (21-6 1 NC, 0-0 UFC) vs. Charles Byrd (9-4, 0-0 UFC)

Byrd got a takedown and immediately moved into mount. He controlled Phillips on the ground, not doing a lot of damage but enough. Phillips managed to work him back to guard but Byrd took his back. He quickly secured a body lock but again Phillips broke it and worked him back to guard. Phillips almost got to his feet but Byrd took his back again and secured a rear naked choke and Phillips tapped quickly.

Official result - Charles Byrd (10-4) by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:58


> Leon Edwards (#15, 14-3, 6-2 UFC) vs. Peter Sobotta (17-5-1, 4-4 UFC)

Edwards knocked Sobotta down with a punch combo early but once it got to the ground, Sobotta was controlling things from his back. He had several submission attempts and Edwards didn't do any ground and pound. Edwards finally stood up and backed off, forcing Sobotta up. When they were back up, Sobotta was picking him off with jabs but Edwards landed a really nice body kick near the end of the round. Close but 10-9 Edwards

Edwards got an early takedown but again Sobotta controlled things on the ground. Sobotta had a Kimura attempt for a long time and at one point took the back of Edwards. Edwards managed to fight him off and escape the sub attempt, getting top position. But again he did nothing with the position and the ref eventually stood them up. Almost nothing happened on the feet. 10-9 Sobotta, 19-19 overall

Sobotta got an early takedown but Edwards was up quickly. Edwards then got a takedown of his own but this time he was more active on the ground. With about a minute left he started to pour it on and opened up a cut on the cheek of Sobotta. He took the back and continued to land punches. Ref was warning Sobotta to fight back and he wasnt and he stopped it with 1 second left. 

Official result - Leon Edwards (15-3) by TKO (punches) at 4:59 of Round 3

After the fight, Edwards called out Darren Till for the just announced Liverpool show. This was the 2nd stoppage at 4:59 of the 3rd round in UFC history and the first was earlier tonight. 

> Tom Duquesnoy (15-2 1 NC, 1-1 UFC) vs. Terrion Ware (17-7, 0-2 UFC)

Fun first round. Duquesnoy landed a ton of combo, usually kicks followed up with punches. Ware was a little less active but did more damage, causing some swelling on the cheek of Duquesnoy. Ware got a late takedown and did some ground and pound but not enough to take the round. 10-9 Duquesnoy. 

Ware came out firing to start the round and Duquesnoy seemed to be getting tired. Ware was landing a lot more combos this round but Duquesnoy was still connecting with the leg kicks. Ware got a takedown with about a minute left and stayed on top the rest of the round, doing a fair amount of damage. 10-9 Ware, 19-19 overall

Even third round for the most part. Ware did get a flash takedown late but Duquesnoy was right up. He was still landing a lot of leg kicks but Ware was landing a steady stream of punches the whole round and had a healthy advantage in overall strikes landed by the end of the fight. Close fight though and could go either way. 10-9 Ware, 29-28 overall

Official result - Tom Duquesnoy (16-2) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2; 30-27)

30-27 was a bad score but the third was close enough that either guy could've won. But Ware landed 40 more strikes and most of the fight was on the feet and Ware had the only 2 takedowns so it is a bit questionable how he Duquesnoy could get the win. 

> Jimi Manuwa (#4, 17-3, 6-3 UFC) vs. Jan Blachowicz (#11, 21-7, 4-4 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Both guys were landing a lot of punch combos early. Manuwa looked to be landing the harder shots. But Blachowicz absolutely rocked Manuwa with a combo that dropped him. Manuwa was up quickly but he looked like he might have broken his nose. Blachowicz dominated from that point on and at time it looked like he could've finished it but stopped short of emptying his gas tank. 10-8 Blachowicz

BothVolkov guys seemed a little tired but were still throwing a ton of hard shots. Blachowicz got a couple of takedowns in the round but Manuwa was right up both times. Manuwa absolutely rocked Blachowicz with a nice combo late but Blachowicz fired right back. Manuwa looked like he was more active and the round was almost entirely on the feet so he should take it. 10-9 Manuwa, 19-18 Blachowicz after 2

Round 3; was a lot slower. Blachowicz was landing the more sustained offence. Manuwa got occasional shots in but no combos and overall he was outstruck 88-45. Blachowicz also got a late takedown. 10-9 Blachowicz, 29-27 overall

Official result - Jan Blachowicz (22-7) by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2; 30-27)

> Fabricio Werdum (#3, 23-7-1, 11-4 UFC) vs. Alexander Volkov (#8, 29-6, 3-0 UFC)

Werdum got a takedown right away to start the round. Volkov tied him up with a body lock but Werdum did manage to do a lot of ground and pound. He never came close to a submission attempt though. Volkov did manage to get to his feet and he was lighting Werdum up. Werdum tried to pull guard but Volkov backed up and made him stand. Werdum got a late takedown but didn't do any damage. 10-9 Werdum

Both guys were tired to start the round, Werdum moreso. Volkov was taunting him and daring him to try a takedown and he blocked several of them. At one point, he captured a leg and threw Werdum to the ground but let him up. Werdum finally got a takedown with 2 minutes left and stayed on top the rest of the round. He did enough to avoid a standup and to win the round. He had a Kimura attempt late. 10-9 Werdum, 20-18

Volkov got an early takedown but Werdum swept into top position. Volkov was able to get to his feet. Volkov was landing good combos on the feet and opened up cuts under both of Werdum's eyes. Werdum was starting to miss badly on his takedowns and Volkov would end up on top and then just stand up on his own. At the end of the round, Werdum was going down with every punch, trying to entice Volkov to the ground but Volkov wasn't biting. 10-9 Volkov, 29-28 Werdum

Werdum clearly had nothing left coming out for the 4th. He attempted a takedown and Volkov ended up on top. Werdum was tying him up from the ground and they were in a stalemate. Ref was going to stand them up but Volkov got up on his own, forcing Werdum up. Werdum landed a nice punch combo but Volkov stunned him with a counter. A punch combo dropped Werdum and Volkov pounced on him, finishing him on the ground with punches. 

Official result - Alexander Volkov (30-6) by TKO (punches) at 1:38 of hte 4th round

Volkov asked for a title shot in his post-fight promo and he really has earned one with 4 straight wins including a win over the former champion here. Dan Hardy was talking about a Francis N'Gannou match for Volkov next since Miocic will be defending against Daniel Cormier. I'd put Volkov on that July card as a backup in case Cormier or Miocic gets injured or to set up a title fight against the winner. 

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