Alexander Volkov Defends Referee Stopping Fight In First Round

There are some questions surrounding Alexander Volkov’s first round win on Saturday. Some are wondering if referee Herb Dean ended the fight too early.

Volkov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik shared the octagon for the main event at UFC Vegas 56. Dean jumped in after Volkov landed several massive punches and officially stopped the fight at 2:12 minutes.

Some fans argue that Rozenstruik deserved a chance because he was not out. However, Volkov says that he landed great punches.

“It’s not my fault anyway,” Volkov said at the UFC Vegas 56 post-fight press conference. “The referee stopped this.

“In the moment, I hit him, he was a little bit knocked out so he wasn’t being fully fresh. Anyway, it was a big opportunity to knock him out, to land because he was almost on the mat. I was ready to throw him down and continue my work.”

“[Rozenstruik] was in a bad position,” Volkov said.

“The referee stopped the fight. He was in a bad position, and he took some hard punches, and he was a little bit knocked out. It’s not my fault but ask this of the referee, not me. I just did my job.”

Volkov said he’s happy to be back in the winning column.

In his last outing, he suffered a first-round submission at the hands of rising star Tom Aspinall at UFC London in March.

The Russian fighter said he thinks with a recent win on his back, he should get a rematch with Ciryl Gane and Derrick Lewis. Volkov lost to Gane in June 2021 by unanimous decision and Lewis by KO/TKO in October 2018.

“I understand I need some more wins to get the title shot,” Volkov added. “I’m ready for any fights to get those wins. That’s it.”

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