Alexander Volkov (fighter)
Alexander Volkov in 2016
|Born||October 24, 1988|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||114 kg (251 lb)|
|Reach||81 in (206 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Moscow, Russia|
|Rank||Black belt in Tsu Shin Gen |
Brown belt in Kyokushin Karate
Brown 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 UFC's Heavyweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Volkov previously competed almost exclusively for the M-1 Global promotion, as well as Bellator MMA. He is a former heavyweight champion in both promotions. As of December 10, 2019, he is #7 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.
Volkov graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University in 2011 with a degree in engineering.
Mixed martial arts career
In 2008 Volkov signed with the M-1 Global. His 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 to an armbar. 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".
Volkov faced Denis Smoldarev on February 19, 2016, M-1 Challenge 64 for the vacant M-1 Global Heavyweight title, he won the fight via submission (triangle choke).
Volkov faced former Bellator light heavyweight champion Attila Végh on June 16, 2016, at M-1 Challenge 68. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. This and other fights of Alexander Volkov in the M-1 league can be viewed in the All fights of Alexander Volkov in M-1 Global of the M-1 Global TV channel.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In September 2016, it was announced that Volkov has signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He made his debut against Timothy Johnson on November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 99. Volkov was awarded a split decision victory.
Volkov faced Stefan Struve on September 2, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve. He won the bout via TKO in the third round. The win also earned Volkov his first Fight of the Night bonus award.
Volkov faced Fabrício Werdum on March 17, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 127. He won the back-and-forth fight via knockout in the fourth round. The win also earned Volkov his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Volkov faced Derrick Lewis on October 6, 2018, at UFC 229. After being ahead on the judges' scorecards and visibly hurting Lewis multiple times, he was knocked down and subsequently finished with follow up punches in the closing seconds of the bout.
Volkov was scheduled to face Junior Dos Santos on November 9, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 21. However, dos Santos was forced to pull out from the event due to contracting a serious bacterial infection, and he was replaced by Greg Hardy. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- M-1 Global
- M-1 Global Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- M-1 Eastern European Tournament Runner-Up
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||31 wins||7 losses|
|Win||31–7||Greg Hardy||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Zabit vs. Kattar||November 9, 2019||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||30–7||Derrick Lewis||KO (punches)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018||3||4:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||30–6||Fabrício Werdum||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov||March 17, 2018||4||1:38||London, England||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||29–6||Stefan Struve||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve||September 2, 2017||3||3:30||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||28–6||Roy Nelson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Reis||April 15, 2017||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||27–6||Timothy Johnson||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2||November 19, 2016||3||5:00||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||26–6||Attila Végh||KO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 68||June 16, 2016||1||2:38||Moscow, Russia||Defended the M-1 Global Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||25–6||Denis Smoldarev||Submission (triangle choke)||M-1 Challenge 64||February 19, 2016||3||0:41||Moscow, Russia||Won the M-1 Global Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||24–6||Cheick Kongo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 139||June 26, 2015||3||5:00||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||24–5||Tony Johnson||Decision (split)||Bellator 136||April 10, 2015||3||5:00||Irvine, California, United States|
|Win||24–4||Alexei Kudin||Decision (unanimous)||Union MMA Pro||February 21, 2015||3||5:00||Krasnodar, Russia|
|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||Mighty Mo||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 World Championship.|
|Win||19–3||Richard Hale||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 84||December 14, 2012||5||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States||Won the vacant Bellator Heavyweight World Championship; Bellator Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|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, 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 25: Zavurov vs. Enomoto||April 28, 2011||2||3:05||Saint Petersburg, 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 22: Narkun vs. Vasilevsky||December 10, 2010||4||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|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, 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, 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, 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, Russia||2nd Stage Russian Team Championship.|
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