Alexander Volkov
Drago

Russia

Added to UFC 254
HeavyweightUFC
July 30, 2020
Volkov will fight Walt Harris in a heavyweight matchup at UFC 254 on Oct. 24, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The location of the fight is still yet to be announced as the card will be headlined by a bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. Volkov is coming off a decision loss to Curtis Blaydes on June 20, and has lost two of his last three fights. His opponent hasn't fared too well either lately, as he's coming off a loss to Alistair Overeem on May 16. The bout will be important for both fighters if they want to re-establish themselves as title contenders.
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Sees final bell in loss
HeavyweightUFC
June 20, 2020
Volkov lost to Curtis Blaydes via unanimous decision (46-49, 47-48, 46-48) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Volkov looked physically and mentally defeated in this fight. It's entirely understandable considering the unstoppable force Blaydes appears to be. To Volkov's credit, he battled until the end in a fight in which he was routed. Volkov knew full well that Blaydes would be looking for the takedown early and often, and he still found himself on his back about ten seconds into the fight. It had to be extremely demoralizing for a guy who does virtually all of his work on the feet. Volkov actually has a decent ground game, but he had zero chance of implementing any of it with the massive Blaydes controlling him on the mat. This fight was more about the dominance of Blaydes than anything Volkov did wrong. It didn't look like it on Saturday, but the 31-year-old Russian remains an elite heavyweight.
Will fight June 20 after all
HeavyweightUFC
June 3, 2020
Volkov will fight Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight matchup on June 20 in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was already on the books for UFC Saskatoon, but that event was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the card has now been rescheduled the Apex center in Las Vegas. Volkov could easily be unbeaten in the UFC if not for a buzzer-beating knockout at the hands of Derrick Lewis in 2018. Since then, the 31-year-old has been able to rebound with a unanimous decision victory over Greg Hardy. Volkov will stand three inches taller than Blaydes on fight night, and even own a statistical edge in striking volume, but it's the relentless pursuit of takedowns by Blaydes that oddsmakers figure will lean the fight in his direction. Volkov is currently a betting underdog of roughly (+325).
Set to headline UFC Saskatchoon
HeavyweightUFC
March 6, 2020
Volkov will square off against Curtis Blaydes at UFC Saskatchoon on June 20, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkov is coming off a victory over former NFL player Greg Hardy via unanimous decision. Overall, he sports a 5-1 UFC record. His opponent, Volkov, is riding a three-fight winning streak.
Easily dispatches Greg Hardy
HeavyweightUFC
November 9, 2019
Volkov defeated Greg Hardy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
ANALYSIS
Volkov agreed to the Hardy fight following the withdrawal of his original opponent, Junior dos Santos, in late October, and it ended up being a smart decision. Armed with a massive edge in both experience and overall ability, Volkov went about his business in picking Hardy apart. Because Volkov was originally due for a five-round bout against JDS, he was easily able to maintain a strong pace for three frames against Hardy. Volkov is an excellent kickboxer. He's massive (6-foot-7) and throws a ton of kicks. The Russian doesn't appear to have the ceiling of some of the company's other best heavyweights simply because Volkov relies more on volume as opposed to one-strike knockouts, but he's really, really good. Now 5-1 in the UFC, Volkov, a former Bellator Heavyweight Champion, is closing in on a title shot.
Gets new challenger
HeavyweightUFC
October 22, 2019
Volkov will now take on Greg Hardy in a heavyweight bout at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkov needed a new opponent after Junior dos Santos was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a bacterial infection, and Hardy will face Volkov on short notice. The fight will be Hardy's fifth of the calendar year, as he is coming off a win at UFC Boston that was changed to a no contest due to his use of an inhaler between rounds. Volkov carries a slight height advantage, although the two have even reach. Volkov carries a record of 30-7 as a professional fighter and is coming off a loss to Derrick Lewis via KO (punches) at UFC 229 in October 2018. While fighting Hardy won't do much for Volkov's position in the rankings, it's a very winnable matchup against a fighter with a ton of name recognition. Look for Volkov to enter as the betting favorite.