‘Early stoppage?’: Pros react to Alexander Volkov’s fast UFC Vegas 56 finish, Movsar Evloev’s dominance

Alexander Volkov and Jairzinho Rozenstruik | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Alexander Volkov hadn’t scored a quick finish in a while — and now that he has, he’s got fans and fighters buzzing again.

The perennial top-10 heavyweight contender needed a little more than two minutes to put away Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the UFC Vegas 56 main event Saturday, scoring his first first-round finish in six years. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as Volkov avoided the first losing streak of his UFC career.

Volkov’s impressive win capped off an evening of standout performances, which included Movsar Evloev dominating featherweight stalwart Dan Ige, plus main card finishes from Lucas Almeida, Karine Silva, Ode Osbourne, and Alonzo Menifield, as well as a featured preliminary bout that saw Karolina Kowalkiewicz snap a five-fight losing streak and veteran Felice Herrig announce her retirement.

See what the fighters had to say about the biggest moments from UFC Vegas 56.

Alexander Volkov def. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Early stoppage?

— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) June 4, 2022

Le retour de #DRAGO
Je le répète, Volkov des grands jours est chaud #RMCMMA pic.twitter.com/RK2NwiBiql

— Fernand Lopez (@fernandlopez) June 4, 2022

Movsar Evloev def. Dan Ige

Let’s get it @Dynamitedan808 #UFCVegas56

— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) June 4, 2022

Hats off to Evloev.

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) June 4, 2022

Featherweight action . Let’s gooo

— Lerone Murphy (@LeroneMurphy) June 4, 2022

Looking forward to this fight, don’t blink
Evloev vs Ige, I got my bro Movsar #UFCVegas56

— Muhammad Mokaev (@muhammadmokaev) June 4, 2022

Lucas Almeida def. Michael Trizano

Very entertaining fight so far between Trizano and Almeida!#UFCVegas56

— Herbert Burns (@HerbertBurnsMMA) June 4, 2022

Trizano looking sharp @ufc

— Saidyokub Kakhramonov (@SaidYokubMMA) June 4, 2022

“Maximizing the debut” is a phrase I’ve heard a few times, great fight, congrats to Almeida – FOTN so far

— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) June 4, 2022

Karine Silva def. Poliana Botelho


— danawhite (@danawhite) June 4, 2022

Choked out with 5 seconds left let’s go

— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) June 4, 2022

Ode Osbourne def. Zarrukh Adashev

Wow! Jamaica gets BIG WIN! #UFCVegas56

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) June 4, 2022

Ode can get it

— Jeff Molina (@jmolina_125) June 4, 2022

Holy moly this kid @OdeOsbourne’s something else!! Happy @KarynBryant and I got to interview him on #WHHW before he got too famous for us! https://t.co/78MPn5yOWz

— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 4, 2022

Shout out to Ode that was

— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) June 4, 2022

Lets gooooo!! That man’s the truth! #UFCVegas56

— Vince Morales (@vandetta135) June 4, 2022

Alonzo Menifield def. Askar Mozharov

Atomic is the most fitting nickname for Alonzo Menifield. #UFCVegas56

— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) June 4, 2022

I fact checked, Mozharov is 0-1 in the UFC. #UFCVegas56

— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) June 4, 2022

Felice Herrig retires following loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Congratulations girl !! https://t.co/pEZBI4kuhg

— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) June 4, 2022

Thank you for being an inspiration. Enjoy retirement. https://t.co/gyxXmWwLMZ

— Julia Avila (@RagingPandaMMA) June 4, 2022

You’re a legend Felice @feliceherrig #UFCVegas56 pic.twitter.com/NixenmAFQb

— Alex Chambers (@alexchambersmma) June 4, 2022

Congrats KK @KarolinaMMA @ParrumpaATT @AmericanTopTeam #UFCVegas56

— Alex Chambers (@alexchambersmma) June 4, 2022

Congrats. Met her in tampa the night i won the bellator tournament. Good times https://t.co/jA5SHAUdik

— David Rickels (@TheCaveman316) June 4, 2022

I love @KarolinaMMA ❤️ #UFCVegas55

— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) June 4, 2022

KK showed up tonight.. She looked amazing in EVERY area of the fight!!! #UFCVegas56

— PEARL GONZALEZ (@PearlGonzalez) June 4, 2022

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