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UFC Melbourne results: Akhmedov grinds out Noke, Volkanovski wins debut

Check out the results of the first four main card bouts of UFC Fight Night 101.

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Half of UFC Fight Night 101’s first four main card bouts resulted in finishes, which was a relief, considering the fact that the preliminary card was full of decisions — literally. The main card included Omari Akhmedov getting back into the winning column and Alexander Volkanovski being successful in a big way in his UFC debut.

UFC Fight Night 101 is taking place live from Melbourne, Australia and is headlined by Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson.

Check out full results of the first four main card bouts below.

Omari Akhmedov def. Kyle Noke via Unnimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Omari Akhmedov got back into the winning column in enemy territory against Kyle Noke. He dominated his former Jackson-Wink MMA teammate en route to a unanimous decision win.

Akhmedov grinded Noke down in the first round, landing heavy ground-and-pound for the majority of the round. It wasn’t long before Noke’s face — and ear — was all sorts of busted up.

The pace slowed down slightly in the next two rounds, but Akhmedov was still more active than the Australian on the feet and mixed in a couple more takedowns, as well.

Noke had very little to offer throughout the three-round outing, and Akhmedov was rewarded the victory.

Alexander Volkanovski def. Yusuke Kasuya via TKO (Strikes) at 2:06 of Round 2

Alexander Volkanovski walked into his UFC debut with all the hype — for good reason. He put on a very impressive, brutal performance against Yusuke Kasuya, stopping him via TKO in the second round.

Known for his devastating striking, Volkanovski interestingly landed a takedown in the first round after getting taken down himself. Kasuya had his moments, reversing the position once or twice and getting into a dominant position momentarily.

But it was all Volkanovski in the second round. He scored a takedown at the very beginning of the round, which marked the beginning of the end for Kasuya. Volkanovski rained down extremely accurate and powerful ground-and-pound until the referee intervened — perhaps a bit late.

Tyson Pedro def. Khalil Rountree via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:07 of Round 1

Tyson Pedro got the job done within five minutes into his UFC debut, but he had to overcome some adversity to secure a win bonus. He faced the dangerous Khalil Rountree, who knocked him down early in the first five minutes. Pedro immediately scored a takedown, however, and was able to recover while on the mat. He eventually advanced position and locked up a rear naked choke, forcing his opponent to tap with less than a minute left in the first round.

Danielle Taylor def. Seo Hee Ham via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)

Danielle Taylor picked up her first UFC win in the opening UFC Fight Night 101 main card fight, but it wasn’t exactly clear-cut — at all. In fact, her opponent, Seo Hee Ham, looked really good in the early going. She was landing with precision and didn’t allow Taylor to land her signature bomb or much offense at all, for that matter.

Taylor found her range a bit more in the second round, and more so in the third round — which she won, according to most people. She landed a handful of powerful shots and kicks on the feet — mixed in with a couple of eye-pokes — and ended the fight with the momentum. But most figured it was too little, too late for “Dynamite.” That it was not — the judges gave her the split decision victory.