After publicly promising to avoid a ‘25 minute stand-up war‘, Curtis Blaydes delivered on his prediction as he scored 14 takedowns against Alexander Volkov en route to a unanimous decision victory.

While later in the bout Blaydes struggled with his gas tank – ‘Razor’ notably slowed down in the fourth and fifth – the American heavyweight continued his impressive UFC tenure which has seen him lose only to Francis Ngannou (albeit on two occasions).

Going forward for Blaydes, his performance has seemingly done him no favours with UFC president Dana White and an extended stay in heavyweight purgatory looks to be on the cards.

Elsewhere at UFC on ESPN 11, the co-main event saw Josh Emmett’s best Shane Burgos on the scorecards in what looks to be a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender while the preliminary cards saw big wins in the female divisions for Lauren Murphy, Gillian Robertson and Tecia Torres.

With yet another UFC event in the books, and an eagerly anticipated lightweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker next up, here are five fights for the UFC matchmakers to pencil in with the big winners of UFC on ESPN 11: