Alexander Volkov (fighter)

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Alexander Volkov
Aleksandr Volkov.jpg
Born (1988-10-24) October 24, 1988 (age 26)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Other names Drago
Nationality Russian
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 81 in (206 cm)
Style Ashihara, Kyokushin, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Stary Oskol, Belgorod, Russia
Team Red Devil Sport Club
Gracie Barra
Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Gym
Rank brown belt in ashihara
blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 27
Wins 23
By knockout 17
By submission 2
By decision 4
Losses 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 1
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 rankings, he is the number 4 ranked heavyweight fighter in the world (outside of the UFC).

Mixed martial arts career[edit]


Volkov stands at between 6'7"[1] and 7'0"[2]

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.[2]

M-1 Global[edit]

Volkov's professional MMA debut came in April 2009 when he defeated Nikolay Pleshakov by TKO (punches) in just 80 seconds.[3] Volkov followed this up a month later with another TKO victory, this time against Adam Alikhanov in just 20 seconds.[1] 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.[1]

In December 2009, after just eight months as a professional fighter,[1] 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.[2] Volkov was awarded an M-1 Global ring "as a reward for exceptional performance".[2]

M-1 Eastern European tournament[edit]

Within his first year of professional competition, Volkov was competing in the M-1 Eastern European tournament,[2] taking victories in the opening round and the semi-final.[1] 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.[4]

Post M-1 Eastern European tournament[edit]

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).[1]

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.

Bellator MMA[edit]

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.[5] 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.

In his first title defense, Volkov faced Vitaly Minakov in the co-main event at Bellator 108 on November 15, 2013. He lost the bout and his title via TKO in the first round.

Volkov faced Mark Holata on March 7, 2014 at Bellator 111 in Heavyweight Tournament.[6] 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.

Volkov faced Blagoy Ivanov in the finals on May 17, 2014, at Bellator 120. He won the fight via submission in the second round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • M-1 Global
    • M-1 Eastern European tournament Runner-Up

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

The record box is based on Volkov's record on Sherdog.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Alexander Volkov". Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Schaap, J. (March 3, 2010). "The biggest Russian sensation of 2009 gets his reward". Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sunday's M-1 card to stream on". April 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "M-1 Selection 2010 Europe Finals feature spectacular performances". July 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bizarre groin foul finish puts Thiago Santos past Eric Prindle at Bellator 75". October 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "former Russian champion vs. super american mma fighter". March 6, 2014. 

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