29 September 1988
Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||The Great |
The Hulk 
|Residence||New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||71 1⁄2 in (182 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Windang, New South Wales, Australia|
|Team||Freestyle Fighting Gym |
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Joe Lopez|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Alexander Volkanovski (Маcedonian : Александар Волкановски) (born 29 September 1988) is an Australian mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He is a former Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) featherweight champion. He is currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of May 15, 2019[update], he is #1 in official UFC featherweight rankings.
Volkanovski was born in Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia of Macedonian and Greek parentage. He started training wrestling at an early age which he won an Australian title when he was 12. He switched his focus to pursue rugby league as the front rower when he was 14 where he won Australian Rugby League's Mick Cronin Medal in 2010 as a Group 7 player with the Warilla Gorillas Rugby League and won the Premiership with them in 2011.
Freestyle Fighting Gym trainer Joe Lopez said Volkanovski, who was man of the match in the 2011 Group Seven grand final when Warilla beat Gerringong, started training in MMA at the age of 22 and Greco-Roman wrestling to keep fit for rugby league, where he weighed 97 kg (214 lbs). However, he soon realised he had a passion for the sport and wants to go as far as he can. He switched to combat sport in 2012 where he fought in the middleweight division as he weighed 210 lbs with his 5' 6" frame prior moving the lightweight and featherweight division.
|“||There are no excuses in fighting. You can be playing a team sport and have a good game, and you can lose. In fighting, it’s all on me. If I go out there and lose, then it’s my fault. I like that. So I know if I fight well, I’m going to win. I definitely love the fact that it’s all on you, and you do what you have to do to win. And each fight is like a grand final in the rugby league"||”|
Mixed martial arts career
Starting as an amateur, at middleweight, going 4–0 before turning professional. Volkanovski has fought in various MMA organisations in Oceania region in Asia from 2012 to July 2016 prior signed with UFC. He won Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) and two times Australian Fighting Championship Featherweight titles. Volkanovski amassed a record of 13–1 with 10 straight wins prior joining the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Volkanovski made his promotional debut on 26 November 2016 and increased his win streak to 11 with a second-round TKO against Yusuke Kasuya at UFC Fight Night 101. He announced at the post fight press conference that he would drop from lightweight to featherweight for his next fight.
Volkanovski was expected to face Jeremy Kennedy at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura on 19 November 2017 in Sydney, Australia. However, Kennedy pulled out of the fight on 5 October citing a back injury and was replaced by Humberto Bandenay. In November 2017, it was announced that Bandenay would delay his UFC debut at this event due to undisclosed reason, and was replaced by promotional newcomer Shane Young. The bout proceeded at a catchweight at 150 pounds. Volkanovski won the fight via unanimous decision.
Volkanovski is married to Emma and he has two daughters, Ariana and Airlie.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Australian Fighting Championship
- Australian Fighting Championship Featherweight Champion (Two times)
- Cage Conquest
- Cage Conquest Welterweight Champion
- Pacific Xtreme Combat
- PXC Featherweight Champion
- Roshambo MMA
- Roshambo MMA Lightweight Champion
- Roshambo MMA Welterweight Champion
- Wollongong Wars
- Wollongong Wars Lightweight Champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||20 wins||1 loss|
|Win||20–1||José Aldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 237||11 May 2019||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||19–1||Chad Mendes||TKO (punches)||UFC 232||29 December 2018||2||4:14||Inglewood, California, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||18–1||Darren Elkins||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov||14 July 2018||3||5:00||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Win||17–1||Jeremy Kennedy||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC 221||11 February 2018||2||4:57||Perth, Australia|
|Win||16–1||Shane Young||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura||19 November 2017||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia||Catchweight (150 lbs) bout.|
|Win||15–1||Mizuto Hirota||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt||11 June 2017||3||5:00||Auckland, New Zealand||Return to Featherweight.|
|Win||14–1||Yusuke Kasuya||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson||26 November 2016||2||2:06||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||13–1||Jai Bradney||TKO (punches)||Wollongong Wars 4||8 July 2016||1||N/A||Wollongong, Australia||Won the Wollongong Wars Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||12–1||Jamie Mullarkey||KO (punch)||Australian Fighting Championship 15||19 May 2016||1||3:23||Melbourne, Australia||Defended the AFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||11–1||Yusuke Yachi||Submission (triangle choke)||Pacific Xtreme Combat 50||4 December 2015||4||3:43||Mangilao, Guam||Won the PXC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||10–1||James Bishop||TKO (punches)||Australian Fighting Championship 13||14 June 2015||1||1:39||Melbourne, Australia||Won the AFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||9–1||David Butt||TKO (punches)||Wollongong Wars 2||1 November 2014||2||1:52||Thirroul, Australia|
|Win||8–1||Kyle Reyes||Decision (unanimous)||Pacific Xtreme Combat 45||24 October 2014||3||5:00||Mangilao, Guam||Featherweight bout.|
|Win||7–1||Jai Bradney||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Roshambo MMA 3 – In the Cage||26 July 2014||1||4:58||Chandler, Australia||Defended the Roshambo MMA Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||6–1||Rodolfo Marques Diniz||KO (punch)||Australian Fighting Championship 9||17 May 2014||1||3:41||Albury, Australia||Featherweight debut.|
|Win||5–1||Greg Atzori||Submission (guillotine choke)||Roshambo MMA 2 – In the Cage||1 February 2014||1||N/A||Brisbane, Australia||Won the Roshambo MMA Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||4–1||Luke Catubig||TKO (punches)||Australian Fighting Championship 7||14 December 2013||3||4:39||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||3–1||Corey Nelson||TKO (head kick and punches)||Australian Fighting Championship 5||10 May 2013||3||0:13||Melbourne, Australia||AFC Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||3–0||Anton Zafir||TKO (punches)||Roshambo MMA 1 – In the Cage||17 April 2013||4||2:19||Brisbane, Australia||Won the Roshambo MMA Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||2–0||Regan Wilson||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Southern Fight Promotions – Cage Conquest 2||23 February 2013||1||2:49||Nowra, Australia||Won the Cage Conquest Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||1–0||Gerhard Voigt||Decision (unanimous)||Revolution Promotions – Revolution at the Roxy||19 May 2012||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia|
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