UFC Vegas 30 preview, ‘Gane vs Volkov’ predictions

Final Preventing Championship (UFC) will try to separate contender from contender as heavyweight accidents Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov go to struggle to get the fitting to remain alive within the 265-pound title hunt. The motion takes place this Saturday on the UFC Vegas 30 Combined Martial Arts (MMA) occasion. Night time (June 26, 2021) at APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Earlier than this modification of heavy leather-based, the 2 265-pound Bruisers Tanner Boser and Ovince Saint Preux will safe a spot within the prime 10 of the division. Each “The Bulldozer” and “OSP” – rising from 205 – are attempting to bounce again from current losses. You’ll be able to argue that it means “win or go dwelling” for each fighters primarily based on their current fights.

Earlier than we dive into the principle and co-main occasions, take a look at the UFC Vegas 30 preliminary map breakdown, expertly deconstructed right here and right here by bubbly analyst Patrick Stumberg. Resident MMA Champion Andrew Richardson did many of the work right here for the remainder of the UFC Vegas 30 important card.

The most recent odds and betting strains for “Gane vs. Volkov” could be discovered right here.

Let’s break it down …

265 lbs .: Ciryl Gane versus Alexander Volkov

Ciryl “Bon Gamin” Gane

recording: 8-0 | Age: 31 | Betting line: -175
Wins: 3 KO / TKO, 3 SUB, 2 DEC | losses: 0 KO / TKO, 0 SUB, 0 DEC
top: 6’4 “| To succeed in: 81 ”| perspective: orthodox
Substantial hits per minute: 5.04 | Putting accuracy: 55%
Beats absorbed per minute: 1.85 | Offensive protection: 69%
Deactivation common: 1.13 (26% accuracy) | Takedown Protection: 100%
Present rating: No. 3 | Final struggle: Unanimous win towards Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Alexander “Drago” Volkov

recording: 33-8 | Age: 32 | Betting line: +145
Wins: 22 KO / TKO, 3 SUB, 8 DEC | losses: 2 KO / TKO, 2 SUB, 4 DEC
top: 6’7 “| To succeed in: 80 ”| perspective: orthodox
Substantial hits per minute: 4.88 | Putting accuracy: 59%
Beats absorbed per minute: 2.48 | Offensive protection: 56%
Deactivation common: 0.66 (70% accuracy) | Takedown Protection: 66%
Present rating: No. 5 | Final struggle: Technical knockout win towards Alistair Overeem

Ciryl Gane has slowly however certainly positioned himself as a reliable risk to the heavyweight throne and since shifting from the regional circuit with three placements, he has achieved 5 wins in a row. I do not suppose anybody would pop the champagne for a knockout win towards the worn-out Junior dos Santos – who has since been launched from motion – however when was the final time you noticed a heavyweight rating, a heel hook submission? That is what makes “Bon Gamin” (“Good Child” in French) so harmful. He is a reliable risk wherever the struggle goes, however on the similar time he hasn’t had the resistance to show he is prepared for a title struggle. I do not need to take something away from his victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, however let’s be trustworthy, did we be taught something about Gane from that slumber occasion? I am additionally undecided if a win over Alexander Volkov will seal the cope with each Derrick Lewis and Stipe Miocic forward of him, however a title shot is probably going inside attain and there is a little bit of historical past between Gane and the present World Champion Francis Ngannou.

Volkov is quantity 5 within the division, however his Octagon file – 7-2 since retiring from M-1 – does not stand as much as scrutiny. 5 of those victories had been achieved towards opponents who not compete for UFC. Moreover, Walt Harris has been stopped in three straight bouts and Greg Hardy is a mediocre 4-3 within the cage. That being stated, Volkov is a proficient striker who boxed The Prince of Conflict and drove to a decisive victory over Derrick Lewis earlier than swallowing a Hail Mary on the finish of spherical three. I do not suppose “Drago” will run the chance of being knocked out towards Gane in a five-round affair. That does not imply he can dangle in his pocket all day working from a secure zone, as Gane has larger vary and one of many division’s greatest assault defenses at 69 p.c.

I anticipate a substantial technique of attempting out the toes, however I believe the important thing to victory for Gane would be the wrestling. Curtis Blaydes scored 14 takedowns towards Volkov after they went to struggle in June 2020, and whereas “Bon Gamin” does not have the collegiate background like “Razor”, Volkov’s lengthy legs ought to do many of the work for him. It won’t be fairly, however successful ugly continues to be a win and while you get that near the title it’s good to play it secure too.

Prediction: Gane def. Volkov by unanimous determination

265 lbs .: Tanner Boser vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Tanner “The Bulldozer” Boser

recording: 19-8-1 | Age: 29 | Betting line: -150
Wins: 10 KO / TKO, 2 SUB, 7 DEC | losses: 1 KO / TKO, 0 SUB, 7 DEC
top: 6’2 “| To succeed in: 75 ”| perspective: orthodox
Important hits per minute: 4.21 | Putting accuracy: 52%
Beats absorbed per minute: 2.26 | Offensive protection: 63%
Deactivation common: 0.00 (0% accuracy) | Takedown Protection: 60%
Present rating: With out rank | Final struggle: Loss after break up determination towards Ilir Latifi

Ovince “OSP” Saint Preux

recording: 25-15 | Age: 38 | Betting line: +125
Wins: 12 KO / TKO, 8 SUB, 5 DEC | losses: 3 KO / TKO, 3 SUB, 9 DEC
top: 6’3 “| To succeed in: 80 ”| perspective: South paw
Substantial hits per minute: 2.68 | Putting accuracy: 46%
Beats absorbed per minute: 3.03 | Offensive protection: 45%
Deactivation common: 1.19 (40% accuracy) | Takedown Protection: 66%
Present rating: With out rank | Final struggle: Technical knockout loss to Jamahal Hill

This can be a unusual matchup and I am undecided why it is the co-main occasion as each fighters are unrated and taking losses, however I believe the promotion is designed in order that abilities get three fights a 12 months and nobody else was accessible so right here we’re. Tanner Boser involves us by way of Canada, the place he bit his tooth underneath the Unified MMA banner. Since becoming a member of the UFC in late 2019, The Bulldozer has misplaced 3-3, together with a UFC Busan loss to Ciryl Gane. In opposition to the decrease competitors, Boser was in a position to shine by throwing greats like Philipe Lins and Raphael Pessoa to rubble, however towards Andrei Arlovski, who suffered 20 profession losses, and Ilir Latifi, a former gentle heavyweight, did nothing exceptional a very good feeling for his future within the prime 15. Boser has not taken a takedown in six journeys to the Octagon and appears content material, simply being fats and hitting onerous.

Working in his favor is the truth that he’s coping with a quickly deteriorating Ovince Saint Preux who might be fed up with switching to gentle heavyweight after he’s 38 years outdated and has 40 fights in his skilled profession. There was a time within the not-too-distant previous when “OSP” ran an 8-2 run right into a Jon Jones welcome occasion (which he misplaced), solely to then win 6-7 whereas ending 4 of these losses . After seeing how Jamahal Hill destroyed Saint Preux, it is onerous to know what to anticipate from the previous Tennessee volunteer. The optimist in me believes that “OSP” can keep away from the massive hit and use what’s left of his athleticism to catch one other of his Von Preux chokes. Let’s face it, Boser is not precisely probably the most dynamic heavyweight and his wrestling is nearly non-existent. The massive query for me is how nicely Saint Preux can deal with his gasoline tank on his return to the heavyweight division as a result of he isn’t getting any youthful and has had his third knockout loss.

Much like the heavyweight important occasion, Saint Preux will probably take a while to determine its attain. And why not? It has a spread benefit of 5 inches and higher footwork. Whether or not or not he can use them to his benefit stays to be seen, though I believe Boser could not notice he’s in hassle till the choke is already locked.

Prediction: Saint Preux def. Boser by submission

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