‘Early stoppage?’: Pros react to Alexander Volkov’s fast UFC Vegas 56 finish, Movsar Evloev’s dominance

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Alexander Volkov hadn’t scored a quick finish in a while — and now that he has, he’s got fans and fighters buzzing again.

The perennial top-10 heavyweight contender needed a little more than two minutes to put away Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the UFC Vegas 56 main event Saturday, scoring his first first-round finish in six years. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as Volkov avoided the first losing streak of his UFC career.

Volkov’s impressive win capped off an evening of standout performances, which included Movsar Evloev dominating featherweight stalwart Dan Ige, plus main card finishes from Lucas Almeida, Karine Silva, Ode Osbourne, and Alonzo Menifield, as well as a featured preliminary bout that saw Karolina Kowalkiewicz snap a five-fight losing streak and veteran Felice Herrig announce her retirement.

See what the fighters had to say about the biggest moments from UFC Vegas 56.

Alexander Volkov def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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