UFC Vegas 30: Gane vs. Volkov was an event filled with very few dog winners, but was still an overall thrilling event. This week I will recap three fights on the main card that stood out to me the most, so read below for a recap of Renato Moicano vs. Jai Herbert, Tanner Boser vs. Ovince Saint Preux, and Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov.
UFC Lightweight: Renato Moicano vs. Jai Herbert – Main Card
This first matchup I want to recap is in the UFC Lightweight bout: Renato Moicano vs. Jai Herbert. The UFC Odds entering this fight were: Renato Moicano -250 and Jai Herbert +200.
This was an interesting matchup leading up to Saturday because we had a submission specialist vs. a striking specialist. The fight started off with Herbert throwing a few strikes, but once Moicano was able to bring him to the mat, there was no going back. Herbert had to defend the entire fight to try to get back to his feet. Whenever he did get back to his feet, he was able to throw out a couple brutal strikes just to be brought back down to the canvas by Moicano.
Towards the end of the second round, Moicano swiftly got to the back of Herbert while they were alongside the cage, snuck his arm around Herbert’s neck, and squeezed until the tap at 4 minutes and 34 seconds.
Both Moicano and Herbert entered this fight coming off losses – Moicano suffered a KO loss against Rafael Fiziev in December 2020 and Herbert suffered a TKO loss from Francisco Trinaldo in July 2020. Moicano is back in the winning column while Herbert needs to figure out how to improve his ground game for future matchups.
UFC Heavyweight: Tanner Boser vs. Ovince Saint Preux – Co-Main Event
The next bout I’m writing about is in the Heavyweight co-main event, Tanner Boser vs. Ovince Saint Preux. This was definitely the fight I was most looking forward to leading up to Saturday. Not only because Heavyweight bouts are usually the most exciting, but because I had hoped OSP’s luck would turn around since his last 10 bouts have gone 4-6. My UFC Pick for this fight was: OSP +150 via BetOnline (Visit our BetOnline Review).
In my UFC Prediction, I envisioned OSP being the fresher fighter – since this wasn’t a last-minute fight like for Boser – and being able to utilize his size advantage to bring the fight to the canvas. Boser was just that tough. OSP only landed 1 out of his 5 takedown attempts, and it doesn’t stop there.
Boser began the fight aggressive and focused. He managed to clip OSP a couple times with his heavy fist, but OSP managed to withhold the punches.
The action came out in the second round. OSP managed a takedown on Boser and gained side control – the exact place he needed to be to perform his legendary Von Flue chokes. Now, this is where the big controversy lies…when Boser was getting up and escaping OSP’s ground control, it is said that Boser pulled himself up by using the fence. After pulling himself up, Boser landed a brutal knee to OSP’s face, and finished him off with a T/KO of punches with 2 minutes and 31 seconds into the second round.
After the fight, Daniel Cormier Tweeted, “Very hard to tell if Tanner grabbed the fence on second look. Seemed like he did initially but after rewatching it looked like he closed hand. But still not certain! Either way massive win for Boser!”
I’m curious to know if Boser did in fact grab the fence or not to pull himself up, because who knows what OSP could have done on the ground. But giving Boser the benefit of the doubt, this was a great win for his record. The UFC Odds going into Saturday night were: Tanner Boser -175 and Ovince Saint Pruex +145.
UFC Heavyweight: Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov – Main Event
In the main event of UFC Vegas 30, we had Ciryl Gane face off against the Russian, Alexander Volkov. In my UFC Prediction, I did not see Volkov finishing Gane, and I saw Gane to be the sharper, quicker fighter between the two. Well, I was right! My UFC Pick was Ciryl Gane -170 via BetOnline (Visit our BetOnline Review).
Gane is extremely technical; early in the fight he managed his distance and varied between his leg kicks and punches when he found the right opening. Volkov was able to counter Gane but you could see the pressure on him since he kept moving backwards. Since Gane was so fast with his in-and-out striking, Volkov started throwing some brutal leg kicks, one after the other.
All five rounds consisted of a more and more aggressive Gane, and you could see Volkov start to tire in the third round. But he is so tough; he powered through everything Gane pressed forward. In the fourth, Volkov was letting loose his punches more, but Gane continued with that forward pressure.
In the final round, Gane proved his conditioning; he was sharp with his strikes, switched up his striking high and low, punches and kicks. Volkov tried to keep up but he could not keep up with the strikes. At the scorecards, Ciryl Gane won via unanimous decision. The UFC Odds entering this fight were Ciryl Gane -165 and Alexander Volkov +135. Gane is still undefeated with a professional record of 9-0-0. He is now scheduled to compete for the Interim Heavyweight Title against Derrick Lewis at UFC 265 on August 7th. Let’s just say, I have high hopes for Bon Gamin.
Closing Remarks and What’s Next?
Like I stated in the beginning of this piece, there were so many favorites that won over the weekend. Only TWO underdogs came out on top: Jeremiah Wells (+190) and Timur Valiev +180.
Up next, we have UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3 on Saturday July 10th. After a week off hiatus, this is a wonderful event to come back to. The main card alone is filled with many ‘must see’ fights: Sean O’Malley vs. Louis Smolka, Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya, Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson (Co-Main), of course Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor (Main Event), and many more!