Alexander Volkov
Drago

Russia

Fight scheduled for June
HeavyweightUFC
April 3, 2021
Volkov will fight Ciryl Gane in a heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on June 26, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkov defeated Alistair Overeem in decisive fashion back in February, bringing his record at the UFC level to 7-2. He has a tough draw against Gane, who is 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the UFC ranks.
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Dominates Overeem in main event
HeavyweightUFC
February 6, 2021
Volkov defeated Alistair Overeem via TKO (punches) at 2:06 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was another dominant performance from Volkov in a fight in which he was in firm control for the entire duration of the bout. Twice as fast as Overeem and possessing a unique ability to string together combinations for a heavyweight, Volkov went about picking his opponent apart. The fact Alistair stood directly in front of him and didn't return fire didn't help matters for Overeem, but that's not Volkov's fault. The only time we've seen Volkov really struggle for any significant length of time was when he was attempting (and failing) to deal with the grappling of Curtis Blaydes. Every time he's gone up against a striker, he's been brilliant. It remains to be seen if those grappling issues could potentially hold Volkov back over the long term, but he's a legitimate title contender regardless. The big Russian won't be 33 years of age until late October. There's plenty of runway here. He also adds a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus to his collection -- his third post-fight bonus in nine appearances with the UFC.
Headline fight scheduled
HeavyweightUFC
November 12, 2020
Volkov will face Alistair Overeem in a heavyweight matchup as the headliner at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkov put on a clinic at UFC 254 in October when he defeated Walt Harris via TKO (strikes), and he'll now face another top-10 heavyweight in February. If all goes well, Volkov could get his first shot at a UFC title, but Overeem has recorded four stoppage wins in his last five fights. Overeem most recently defeated Augusto Sakai via TKO (punches) in September. Volkov has an edge in height, but the pair of fighters are even in reach.
Cruises past Walt Harris
HeavyweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Volkov defeated Walt Harris via TKO (strikes) at 1:15 of Round 2 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was an absolute clinic from Volkov, both offensively and defensively. Armed with a significant size advantage in addition to a considerable technical edge in the striking game, Volkov went about picking Harris apart on the feet. He threw a ton of kicks and countered "The Big Ticket" with ease. The finish came when Volkov cracked Harris with a kick to the chest that may have very well popped a rib. Volkov is an exceptional kickboxer with sneaky finishing power. Volkov had all sorts of issues with the grappling of Curtis Blaydes in his last bout, but this was a brilliant rebound performance. Volkov -- who is now 6-2 in the UFC -- is an easy top-10 heavyweight.
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.
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.