Alexander Volkov (fighter)

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Alexander Volkov
Alexander Volkov in M-1.jpg
Alexander Volkov in 2016
Born (1988-10-24) October 24, 1988 (age 32)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other namesDrago
Height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)[1]
Weight264 lb (120 kg; 18 st 12 lb)[1]
Reach80 in (203 cm)[2]
StyleKarate, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofMoscow, Russia
TeamStrela Team
RankBlack belt in Tsu Shin Gen[2]
Brown belt in Kyokushin Karate[2]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout22
By submission3
By decision8
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alexander Yevgenievich Volkov (Russian: Александр Евгеньевич Волков About this soundlisten ; born October 24, 1988) is a Russian professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional MMA competitor since 2009, Volkov previously competed for the M-1 Global promotion, as well as Bellator MMA. He is a former heavyweight champion in both promotions. As of February 9, 2021, he is #5 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

M-1 Global[edit]

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.[5] Volkov followed this up a month later with another TKO victory, this time against Adam Alikhanov in just 20 seconds.[6] 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.[6]

In December 2009, after just eight months as a professional fighter,[6] 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.[7] Volkov was awarded an M-1 Global ring "as a reward for exceptional performance".[7]

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[edit]

Within his first year of professional competition, Volkov was competing in the M-1 Eastern European tournament,[7] taking victories in the opening round and the semi-final.[6] 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.[8]

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).[6]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

Volkov faced Mark Holata on March 7, 2014, at Bellator 111 in Heavyweight Tournament.[12] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[13] Volkov faced Mighty Mo in the semifinals at Bellator 116 on April 11, 2014.[14] He won the fight via spectacular knockout in the first round.[15]

Volkov faced Blagoy Ivanov in the finals on May 17, 2014, at Bellator 120. He won the fight via submission in the second round.[16]

Nearly a year since his last fight for the promotion, Volkov faced Tony Johnson at Bellator 136 on April 10, 2015.[17] He lost the fight via split decision.

Volkov faced Cheick Kongo at Bellator 139 on June 26, 2015.[18] He lost the fight via unanimous decision marking his second consecutive loss being cut by the Bellator MMA.[19]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.[20] Volkov was awarded a split decision victory.[21]

Volkov faced Roy Nelson on April 15, 2017, at UFC on Fox 24.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Volkov faced Stefan Struve on September 2, 2017, at UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve.[24] He won the bout via TKO in the third round.[25] The win also earned Volkov his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[26]

Volkov faced Fabrício Werdum on March 17, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 127.[27] He won the back-and-forth fight via knockout in the fourth round.[28] The win also earned Volkov his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[29]

Volkov faced Derrick Lewis on October 6, 2018, at UFC 229.[30] 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.[31]

Volkov was expected to face Alistair Overeem on April 20, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 149.[32] However, on April 3, 2019 it was reported Volkov pulled out from the fight for undisclosed reason.[33]

Volkov was scheduled to face Junior Dos Santos on November 9, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 21.[34] However, dos Santos was forced to pull out from the event due to contracting a serious bacterial infection,[35] and he was replaced by Greg Hardy.[36] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[37]

Volkov faced Curtis Blaydes on June 20, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov.[38] Volkov lost the fight by unanimous decision.[39]

Volkov faced Walt Harris on October 24, 2020 at UFC 254. [40] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[41]

Volkov faced Alistair Overeem on February 6, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 184. [42] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[43] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[44]

Volkov is scheduled to face Ciryl Gane on June 29, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 190.[45]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
41 matches 33 wins 8 losses
By knockout 22 2
By submission 3 2
By decision 8 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 33–8 Alistair Overeem TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov February 6, 2021 2 2:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 32–8 Walt Harris TKO (body kick and punches) UFC 254 October 24, 2020 2 1:15 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 31–8 Curtis Blaydes Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Volkov June 20, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 31–7 Greg Hardy Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov 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 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 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.


The record box is based on Volkov's record on Sherdog.[6]


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