Alex Volkanovski’s pressure was too much for Shane Young.
The opening bout on the main card of UFC Fight Night 121 featured a catchweight bout between Volkanovski and Young. The action took place inside the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The two had a bit of a feeling out process early on. Volkanovski went for a wining right hand and shot in. The fence helped keep Young on his feet. A leg kick was there for Volkanovski. He shot in again and landed a knee. He got the takedown, but only briefly.
Young was able to get back to the center of the Octagon. Volkanovski blocked a high kick. He took down Young. The round came to an end with both men standing.
Young attempted to be more aggressive in the second round. The problem was his Octagon awareness, as he continued to find his back against the fence. Volkanovski continued to find a home for the leg kicks. Two right hands led to Volkanovski setting up a shot. He was able to get his opponent down. Another right hand found the target for Volkanovski.
Right away in the final round, Volkanovski hammered away with leg kicks. He pressured Young against the fence and landed a right hand. He hurt Young with a knee to the body. Then, he connected with a knee to the body. Young was able to get a takedown of his own. Volkanovski powered his way up. In top control, Volkanovski rained down some ground-and pound.
Final Result: Alex Volkanovski def. Shane Young via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)