Alexander Volkov
Drago

Russia

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.
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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.
Needs new opponent in Moscow
HeavyweightUFC
October 22, 2019
Volkov will need a new opponent if he's to remain on the card for UFC Fight Night in Moscow on Nov. 9 after Junior Dos Santos was hospitalized due to a bacterial infection, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dos Santos has been in the hospital for over a week and won't be in shape to fight less than three weeks from now. Volkov has yet to fight in 2019, as an injury of his own forced him to pull out of a match against Alistair Overeem in April.
Will face Dos Santos on Nov. 9
HeavyweightUFC
September 8, 2019
Volkov will face Junior Dos Santos at UFC Fight Night in Moscow on Nov. 9.
ANALYSIS
In a heavyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night, Volkov, who most recently withdrew from his scheduled heavyweight fight on April 20 against Alistair Overeem, will return to action to face Dos Santos. Dos Santos will be coming off a loss to Francis Ngannou via TKO in Round 1 at UFC Fight Night in Minneapolis on June 29.
Backs out of April 20 fight
HeavyweightUFC
April 3, 2019
Volkov (29-7-0) withdrew Wednesday from his scheduled heavyweight fight April 20 in Saint Petersburg against Alistair Overeem (44-17-0, 1NC), Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The report doesn't specify Volkov's reason for pulling out of the fight, but he's presumably dealing with an injury. Volkov most recently fought in Las Vegas back in October, when he suffered a late knockout loss to Derrick Lewis. In place of Volkov, the UFC added Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1) to the card for the Saint Petersburg event.
To take on Alistair Overeem
HeavyweightUFC
February 22, 2019
Volkov has been booked to fight Alistair Overeem in the main event of a UFC event in Russia on April 20, Jose Youngs of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkov is a former Bellator champion that is 30-7 overall in his MMA career and is off to an impressive start in the UFC, boasting a 4-1 record through his first five outings. He is, however, coming off a knockout loss at the hands of Derrick Lewis at UFC 229 back in October. It was certainly a tough loss for Volkov to swallow, as he was seconds away from a victory via decision before getting KO'd.