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UFC Fight Night 110 results: Alex Volkanovski cruises to unanimous-decision win vs. Mizuto Hirota

Alexander Volkanovski hit Mizuto Hirota with everything he had but just couldn’t put him away.

After rocking Hirota (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) early and late and dominating the fight with his pace and pressure, Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was the clear winner when the fight went to the scorecards, with every judge scoring it 30-27 to give Volkanovski the unanimous decision.

The featherweight bout opened today’s UFC Fight Night 110 main card, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Volkanovski nearly finished Hirota early in this fight after catching him with a hard right hand as Hirota exited a clinch in the opening minutes of the first round. That punch put Hirota down and Volkanovski followed to deliver some heavy strikes on the mat, but somehow Hirota collected his wits and battled back.

Unfortunately for him, however, Hirota couldn’t seem to close those holes in his striking defense that Volkanovski exploited early. Over and over he was caught with stiff punches off the clinch, and Volkanovski continued to pressure him against the fence, deftly mixing in takedowns with his sharp striking.

That kept Hirota on the defensive for most of the fight, so that even an attempt at a late rally as Volkanovski slowed down in the third came up short. After three rounds of total control and near finishes, Volkanovski was the easy pick for a clean sweep on the judges’ scorecards, with Hirota having to content himself on surviving a fight that saw him take numerous heavy blows to the head.

With his second UFC victory in as many fights, Volkanovski has now won 12 straight fights. Hirota loses for the first time since 2013.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Alexander Volkanovski wants to be a name you should remember after UFC-Auckland

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Alexander Volkanovski was looking dapper, sporting a bow tie during UFC Fight Night 110 media day. Perhaps it’s a sign that he’s got his eye on the future – which is not to say that he isn’t focused on the moment.

After an impressive UFC debut in November resulted in a TKO victory over Yusuke Kasuya, Volkanovski (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on Mizuto Hirota in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 main-card opener on FS1 from Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. In the 36-year-old Hirota (18-7-2 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC), Volkanovski knows he’ll be up against a proven veteran but simply likes his chances of earning a 12th win in a row.

“The way he fights, I really don’t think that will work for him,” Volkanovski said. “He’s a pressure fighter, and so am I. I think I’m going to be too strong and a bit too technical for him. But, I mean, he’s obviously a veteran, been around the sport. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s seen and done it all. But I just feel like I’m on another level, and I’ve really got something to prove.”

And that’s the 28-year-old’s motivation. During his 11-fight winning, Volkanovski has finished all but one opponent. With this being just his second UFC fight, he understands that simply winning isn’t how he’ll make a name for himself in the featherweight division.

“The record is a big part of how I got to the UFC, but performance is everything,” Volkanovski said. “So I’m going to go out there, set a statement and capitalize on the moment.”

To hear more from Volkanovski, check out our interview above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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