Alexander Volkanovski

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Alexander Volkanovski
Alex Volkanovski
BornAlexander Volkanovski
(1988-09-29) 29 September 1988 (age 30)[1]
Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia
Other namesThe Great[2]
The Hulk [3]
ResidenceNew South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[4]
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
DivisionFeatherweight[4]
Lightweight
Welterweight
Reach71 12 in (182 cm)[4]
StyleKickboxing, Wrestling
Fighting out ofWindang, New South Wales, Australia
TeamFreestyle Fighting Gym [1][6]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Joe Lopez[citation needed]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total21
Wins20
By knockout11
By submission3
By decision6
Losses1
By knockout1
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.[7][4] As of May 15, 2019, he is #1 in official UFC featherweight rankings.[8]

Background[edit]

Volkanovski was born in Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia of Macedonian and Greek parentage.[9] He started training wrestling at an early age which he won an Australian title when he was 12.[10] He switched his focus to pursue rugby league as the front rower[10] when he was 14[11] 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.[12][13]

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[11] and Greco-Roman wrestling to keep fit for rugby league, where he weighed 97 kg (214 lbs).[14] However, he soon realised he had a passion for the sport and wants to go as far as he can.[15] He switched to combat sport in 2012[16] where he fought in the middleweight division as he weighed 210 lbs with his 5' 6" frame prior moving the lightweight and featherweight division.[11]

He appeared as a coach in Malaysia Invasion, an amateur MMA reality show.[17] Volkanovski is a good counter striker with powerful overhand right and a fantastic offensive wrestler.[18]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[20][21] Volkanovski amassed a record of 13–1 with 10 straight wins prior joining the UFC.[22]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[23][24] He announced at the post fight press conference that he would drop from lightweight to featherweight for his next fight.[25][7]

Volkanovski was expected to face Michel Quiones on 19 February 2017 at UFC Fight Night 105. However, the bout was scrapped after Quinones suffered an injury and no replacement could be found.[26]

Volkanovski returned to Featherweight and faced Mizuto Hirota on 11 June 2017 at UFC Fight Night 110.[27] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[28]

Volkanovski was expected to face Jeremy Kennedy at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura on 19 November 2017 in Sydney, Australia.[29] However, Kennedy pulled out of the fight on 5 October citing a back injury[30] and was replaced by Humberto Bandenay.[31] In November 2017, it was announced that Bandenay would delay his UFC debut at this event due to undisclosed reason,[32] and was replaced by promotional newcomer Shane Young.[33] The bout proceeded at a catchweight at 150 pounds.[34] Volkanovski won the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

The bout with Kennedy was rescheduled and took place on 11 February 2018 at UFC 221.[36] He won the fight via technical knock out.[37]

Volkanovski faced Darren Elkins on 14 July 2018 at UFC Fight Night 133.[38] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

Volkanovski faced Chad Mendes on 29 December 2018 at UFC 232.[40] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[41] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[42]

Volkanovski faced former featherweight champion José Aldo at UFC 237 on 11 May 2019.[43] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Volkanovski is married to Emma and he has two daughters, Ariana and Airlie.[45]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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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See also[edit]

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