When Alexander Volkov demonstrated how to sink in an Ezekiel Choke with a giant teddy bear

Alexander Volkov
Alexander Volkov (pictured) did an instructional video of his Ezekiel Choke finish of Tai Tuivasa on a unique demonstration dummy [Image Courtesy: @volkov_alex on Instagram]

Alexander Volkov bested Tai Tuivasa with an Ezekiel choke, which is a very rare technique. Following the win, he took to social media to share a a unique instructional video in which he demonstrates how to pull of an Ezekiel choke.

The heavyweight clash transpired at UFC 293 in September of last year, when Volkov finished the Australian in the second stanza. To show how he defeated 'Bam Bam,' Volkov showcased the aforementioned choke on a giant, novelty-sized teddy bear.

The veteran of 47 pro-MMA fights showcased how to apply the hold step by step. This clip began from establishing the mount position to showing the proper hand positioning and overall posture. The throwback video is still revisited by many, as it shows the playful side of the imposing heavyweight.

While Volkov does have submission wins over the course of his career, the win over Tuivasa is his lone victory by way of an Ezekiel choke.

This was something that he seemed to address at the start of the clip when Volkov says he never thought he would have to make a video like this.

Check out Volkov's video below:


Alexander Volkov's career trajectory since the Tai Tuivasa fight

Alexander Volkov posted this video close to a year ago, and has not stepped foot in the UFC octagon since the Tai Tuivasa bout, which took place inside the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Volkov was lined up for a UFC 302 fight versus Jailton Almeida, before the former was re-booked. This re-alignment for Volkov would take place three weeks later and against a different opponent altogether.

'Drago' will finally return to the cage later this week as part of the June 22 UFC Fight Night card. Sergei Pavlovich will step into the octagon to take on Alexander Volkov in a co-main event clash at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The Russian is the number five ranked heavyweight in the company, while Pavlovich is the number three ranked UFC contender in the weight category, at this juncture. Volkov is heading into the fight on the back of a three-fight win streak, while Pavlovich enters the bout on the back of a KO loss to reigning interim champion, Tom Aspinall.

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Edited by Krishna Venki
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