Last week saw the Korean Zombie return to the Octagon to finish off another exciting card. This weekend we are still at the Apex, but this time, it will be shown at prime time for the European audience.
No pain no Gane
Two of the top five contenders in the heavyweight division face off as No.3 ranked Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane takes on Alexander ‘Drago’ Volkov.
Since turning pro, Ciryl Gane has won his first eight bouts, and has swiftly climbed the division. A win in this bout could put him firmly in title contention. He has recorded six finishes in his eight wins, three by submission and three via TKO.
One of the veterans of the division, Alexander Volkov has a 33-8 career record and has been a pro since 2009. He has won nine of his last 11, including his last two. He has recorded 22 wins via KO and a further three finishes by submission. Of his 25 finishes, 15 came in the first round.
We will also see Wolverhampton’s Jai ‘Black Country Banger’ Herbert face off against Renato Moicano after nearly a year out.
Jai Herbert is looking to bounce back from his UFC debut and secure his first win since signing from Cage Warriors. He has a 10-2 record and had won six in a row before his previous bout. Of his 10 victories he has secured nine finishes, eight via KO and one by submission.
Looking to continue his recent form, Renato Moicano comes into this bout having won nine of his last 13. He has seven wins by submission and the other seven wins came via decisions. He boasts three first-round finishes in his career, including his most recent bout, where he submitted Rafael Fiziev.
Fast finishers face off
In the bantamweight division Julia ‘Raging Panda’ Avila is fighting Julija Stoliarenko in what should be a closely fought affair.
Julia Avila holds a 2-1 UFC record and has won four of her last five fights. She has recorded five finishes in her first eight career victories, four via KO and one by submission. In her most recent win, she defeated Gina Mazany via strikes at :22 of the first round.
Julija Stoliarenko has established herself as a submission specialist. She has recorded eight of her nine wins via submission and has won five of her last six. All eight of Stoliarenko’s finishes were in the first round and six of those bouts were won within 86 seconds.