Alexander Volkanovski came into UFC 232 looking to make his statement from his main career spotlight. Chad Mendes was attempting to keep up his own place near the very top of this feather weight pecking order.
The main-card opener at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., dwelt it around expectations, since the duo moved tooth-in-nail, especially in a back-and-forth banger of another round.
But while both fighters came close to completing the bout, it had been Volkanovski that got the task, earning a TKO of the former name challenger at 4:14.
“I just want to take these up positions,” Volkanovski stated. “I said it from the beginning, even though I knew he had been one of the toughest guys in the division, I knew that this really is a struggle I wanted, ” he ’s a fantastic struggle but I’m Alexander the Great. ”
The opening round was in large part an issue of both fighters figuring their timing and range, but doing so at a speedy pace and landing just often enough to make one another know.
Then things really found at the second. Mendes dropped Volkanovski, went in for the kill after his foe reunite again to his feet, however, a crisp counter stopped that attack. Volkanovski responded with shots of their own. Mendes had just two takedowns at the round and went for a rear-naked choke, but couldn’t get it.
From there, it had been Volkanovski’s time. He landed a human body shota major directly to the head which dropped Mendes on all fours, and then was starting to open with right hands on his downed foe before it was waved off.
“I’theres certainly one of the most powerful guys in this division plus I’m puttogether much better than anybody in his division,&rdquo.
Volkanovski has become 19-1 using 16 straight wins. The New South Wales Indigenous is 6-0 at the UFC. Sacramento’s Mendes (18-5) has now dropped three of his last four.