On Saturday, March 17, the UFC returned to the O2 Arena in London, England, for UFC Fight Night 127: Werdum vs. Volkov.
The main event featured perennial top-five heavyweight Fabricio Werdum against the surging Alexander Volkov. Werdum had won three out of his last four fights. The Brazilian seemed primed to finally receive a rematch with Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title, but only if he got past Volkov. This was not an easy task. The Russian was undefeated in his three-fight UFC career, with wins over the likes of Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve. Volkov was also a former Bellator heavyweight champion, so he was definitely more than just a stepping stone for Werdum to finally receive another title shot. In the fourth round, Volkov poured on the heat and stopped the Brazilian by knockout.
The co-headliner was an actual rematch. Jimi Manuwa and Jan Błachowicz ran it back from their first meeting in 2015. Manuwa was coming off a first-round knockout loss to former light heavyweight title contender Volkan Oezdemir, but he was still very much in the mix in the title conversation for a shallow 205-pound division. Manuwa edged out Błachowicz on the scorecards in their first meeting, but Błachowicz took the decision on Saturday night.
Alexander Volkov def. Fabrício Werdum by knockout (punches). Round 4, 1:38
Jan Błachowicz def. Jimi Manuwa by decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Tom Duquesnoy def. Terrion Ware by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Leon Edwards def. Peter Sobotta by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 4:59
Charles Byrd def. John Phillips by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:58
Danny Roberts def. Oliver Enkamp by knockout (punch). Round 1, 2:12
Danny Henry def. Hakeem Dawodu by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:39
Paul Craig def. Magomed Ankalaev by submission (triangle choke). Round 3, 4:59
Kajan Johnson def. Stevie Ray by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Dmitry Sosnovskiy def. Mark Godbeer by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:29
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