Alexander Volkov (fighter)
October 24, 1988 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Style||Ashihara, Kyokushin, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Stary Oskol, Belgorod, Russia|
|Team||Red Devil Sport Club
Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Gym
|Rank||brown belt in ashihara
blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Alexander Yevgenievich Volkov (Russian: Александр Евгеньевич Волков; born October 24, 1988) is a Russian mixed martial artist who competes in the heavyweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Volkov has competed almost exclusively for the M-1 Global promotion. He is currently signed with Bellator MMA. According to the global-mma.com rankings, he is the number 4 ranked heavyweight fighter in the world (outside of the UFC).
Mixed martial arts career
Volkov currently trains at Red Devil Sport Club, a training facility closely linked to the M-1 Global promotion. His current training partners include the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Viktor Nemkov, Gegard Mousasi and Amar Suloev. He began training at the start of 2009.
Volkov's professional MMA debut came in April 2009 when he defeated Nikolay Pleshakov by TKO (punches) in just 80 seconds. Volkov followed this up a month later with another TKO victory, this time against Adam Alikhanov in just 20 seconds. A further month later, Volkov suffered his first professional loss at the hands of Akhmed Sultanov. Midway through the first round, Volkov was forced to tap due to strikes. Volkov then went on a two-fight win streak, both via TKO.
In December 2009, after just eight months as a professional fighter, Volkov faced Ibragim Magomedov at M-1 Challenge 20 - 2009 Finals. Coming in as an underdog, his team simply wanted him to make it through all three rounds, but Volkov exceeded expectations by winning via unanimous decision. Volkov was awarded an M-1 Global ring "as a reward for exceptional performance".
M-1 Eastern European tournament
Within his first year of professional competition, Volkov was competing in the M-1 Eastern European tournament, taking victories in the opening round and the semi-final. Volkov progressed to the M-1 Selection 2010 - Eastern Europe Finals, where a win would put him in line to challenge for the M-1 Global Heavyweight title at the 2010 M-1 Challenge Season events. To reach the championship fight, Volkov first had to take on Maxim Grishin to become the Eastern Europe champion. Unfortunately for Volkov, he fell prey to a rear naked choke early in the opening round and was eliminated.
Post M-1 Eastern European tournament
Less than a month later, Volkov took his first fight outside of M-1 in nearly a year. His opponent was the debuting Eldar Yagudin, who he defeated inside the opening round by TKO (punches).
On August 5, 2011, as part of League-70 Russia vs Brazil, held in Sochi, Russia, Alexander Volkov defeated the undefeated at that time Bulgarian Nedyalko Karadzhov via TKO in the opening round.
In September 2012, it was announced that Volkov would compete for Bellator Fighting Championships. He made his U.S. debut in the Bellator season seven heavyweight tournament. In the opening, quarter-final round he faced Brett Rogers at Bellator 75. Volkov dominated the fight by making the most of his reach advantage. Volkov won via unanimous decision. In the semifinals at Bellator 80, he faced Vinicius Queiroz and won via TKO in the second round. On December 14, Volkov fought Richard Hale in a 5 round fight for Bellator Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament Final and Bellator Heavyweight Championship. Volkov won via unanimous decision.
Volkov faced Mark Holata on March 7, 2014 at Bellator 111 in Heavyweight Tournament. He won the fight via TKO in the first round. Volkov faced Mighty Mo in the semifinals at Bellator 116 on April 11, 2014. He won the fight via spectacular knockout in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- M-1 Global
- M-1 Eastern European tournament Runner-Up
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||23 wins||4 losses|
|Win||23–4||Roy Boughton||TKO (punches)||Tech-Krep FC: Battle of Heroes||December 12, 2014||1||0:40||Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||22–4||Blagoy Ivanov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 120||May 17, 2014||2||1:08||Southaven, Mississippi, United States||Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament Final|
|Win||21–4||Siala-Mou Siliga||KO (head kick)||Bellator 116||April 11, 2014||1||2:44||Temecula, California, United States||Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||20–4||Mark Holata||TKO (punches)||Bellator 111||March 7, 2014||1||1:21||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||19–4||Vitaly Minakov||TKO (punches)||Bellator 108||November 15, 2013||1||2:57||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Lost the Bellator Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||19–3||Richard Hale||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 84||December 14, 2012||5||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Bellator Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament Final, Won the vacant Bellator Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||18–3||Vinicius Queiroz||TKO (punches)||Bellator 80||November 9, 2012||2||4:59||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||17–3||Brett Rogers||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 75||October 5, 2012||3||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Bellator Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||16–3||Stefan Stankovic||TKO (punches)||FEFoMP: Mayor Cup 2012||May 26, 2012||1||4:27||Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia|
|Win||15–3||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous)||BF: Baltic Challenge 3||February 23, 2012||3||5:00||Kaliningrad, Russia|
|Win||14–3||Arsen Abdulkerimov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson||November 20, 2011||1||0:26||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||13–3||Bahodir Ibrogimov||TKO (punches)||MMA Corona Cup 1||October 7, 2011||2||2:22||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||12–3||Nedyalko Karadzhov||TKO (punches)||League-70: Russia vs. Brazil||August 5, 2011||1||2:41||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||11–3||Denis Goltsov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge XXV: Zavurov vs. Enomoto||April 28, 2011||2||3:05||Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia|
|Win||10–3||Ruslan Chapko||TKO (punches)||Mix Fight Tournament||January 15, 2011||1||N/A||Voronezh, Russia|
|Loss||9–3||Pat Bennett||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge XXII: Narkun vs. Vasilevsky||December 10, 2010||4||5:00||Moscow, Russia||The fight went to an additional fourth round|
|Win||9–2||Evgeni Babich||TKO (punches)||LM: Tournament 3||September 18, 2010||1||2:10||Lipetsk, Russia|
|Win||8–2||Eldar Yagudin||TKO (punches)||Ratnoe Pole||August 7, 2010||1||4:34||Ryazan, Russia|
|Loss||7–2||Maxim Grishin||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Finals||July 22, 2010||1||2:39||Moscow, Russia||Eastern Europe tournament final|
|Win||7–1||Alexander Romaschenko||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 3||May 28, 2010||1||2:59||Kiev, Ukraine||Eastern Europe tournament semifinal|
|Win||6–1||Vitalii Yalovenko||TKO (doctor stoppage)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 2||April 10, 2010||2||1:05||Kiev, Ukraine||Eastern Europe tournament opening round|
|Win||5–1||Ibragim Magomedov||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 20: 2009 Finals||December 3, 2009||3||5:00||Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia||Russian Team Championship Finals|
|Win||4–1||Smbat Zakaryan||TKO (punches)||ProFC: Union Nation Cup 3||October 30, 2009||1||4:20||Rostov-on-Don, Russia||3rd Stage Of The CIS Cup Team|
|Win||3–1||Abdulhalik Magomedov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 8||October 4, 2009||1||4:43||Moscow, Russia||8th Stage Russian Team Championship|
|Loss||2–1||Akhmed Sultanov||Submission (armbar)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 4||June 24, 2009||1||2:50||Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia||4th Stage Russian Team Championship|
|Win||2–0||Adam Alikhanov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 3||May 28, 2009||1||0:20||Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia||3rd Stage Russian Team Championship|
|Win||1–0||Nikolay Pleshakov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 2||April 19, 2009||1||1:20||Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia||2nd Stage Russian Team Championship|
- "Alexander Volkov". sherdog.com. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
- Schaap, J. (March 3, 2010). "The biggest Russian sensation of 2009 gets his reward". m-1global.com. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
- "Sunday's M-1 card to stream on Sherdog.com". sherdog.com. April 18, 2009.
- "M-1 Selection 2010 Europe Finals feature spectacular performances". sherdog.com. July 22, 2010.
- "Bizarre groin foul finish puts Thiago Santos past Eric Prindle at Bellator 75". sherdog.com. October 5, 2012.
- "former Russian champion vs. super american mma fighter". mmafighting.com. March 6, 2014.