Alexander Volkov

Alexander Volkov

Personal Information

Full Name Alexander Yevgenievich Volkov
Date of Birth October 24, 1988
Age 34 Years
Nationality Russia
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight 253 lb (115 kg)
Nickname Drago

Alexander Volkov News

What is an Ezekiel choke in MMA? Alexander Volkov makes history as only the 3rd fighter in UFC history to earn the submission
What is an Ezekiel choke in MMA? Alexander Volkov makes history as only the 3rd fighter in UFC history to earn the submission 
What is the meaning behind Alexander Volkov's back tattoo?
What is the meaning behind Alexander Volkov's back tattoo?
"What's wrong with all these small guys?" - Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkov hilariously dismiss chaos at UFC 293 press conference
"What's wrong with all these small guys?" - Tai Tuivasa and Alexander Volkov hilariously dismiss chaos at UFC 293 press conference
UFC Las Vegas: Alexandr Romanov from Moldova suffers 0-12 sig. strikes in first round ground and pound defeat
UFC Las Vegas: Alexandr Romanov from Moldova suffers 0-12 sig. strikes in first round ground and pound defeat
Is Alexander Volkov the tallest UFC fighter? Find out how he fares in height against 7ft tall Stefan Struve
Is Alexander Volkov the tallest UFC fighter? Find out how he fares in height against 7ft tall Stefan Struve

Alexander Volkov: A Brief Biography

Alexander Volkov is a Russian mixed martial artist who competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has been a professional MMA fighter since 2009 and has previously fought for M-1 Global and Bellator MMA. He was the heavyweight champion in both promotions. Currently, he is ranked #8 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.

UFC 254: Khabib v Gaethje Weigh-in
UFC 254: Weigh-in

Latest News Update for Alexander Volkov

Alexander Volkov defeated Alexander Romanov at UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. Dvalishvili via first-round TKO.

UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Romanov

Alexander Volkov Facts

Birth PlaceMoscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Star SignScorpio
Net Worth (2023)$1 Million
Last Fight Earnings$115,000
MMA Debut2009
MMA Record36-10-0
AchievementsM-1 Global Heavyweight Champion, Bellator Heavyweight World Champion
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter

Alexander Volkov’s Career in M-1 Global

Alexander Volkov joined the M-1 Global in 2008 and made his professional MMA debut in April 2009, winning by TKO against Nikolay Pleshakov in just 80 seconds. He then won his next fight a month later, but suffered his first loss in his third fight to Akhmed Sultanov via armbar submission. Volkov then went on a two-fight win streak, both by TKO. In December 2009, he faced Ibragim Magomedov at M-1 Challenge 20 and won by unanimous decision, earning an M-1 Global ring for his exceptional performance.

In 2016, Volkov faced Denis Smoldarev at M-1 Challenge 64 for the vacant M-1 Global Heavyweight title and won by submission via triangle choke. He also fought former Bellator light heavyweight champion Attila Végh on June 16, 2016, at M-1 Challenge 68 and won by knockout in the first round. Fans can watch all of Volkov's fights in the M-1 Global league on the M-1 Global TV channel.

Alexander Volkov’s Career in Bellator MMA

Alexander Volkov joined Bellator Fighting Championships in September 2012 and made his U.S. debut in the Bellator season seven heavyweight tournament. He defeated Brett Rogers in the opening quarter-final round via unanimous decision and Vinicius Queiroz in the semifinals via TKO in the second round. In December 2012, he won the Bellator Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament Final and Bellator Heavyweight Championship by defeating Richard Hale via unanimous decision.

In his first title defense, Volkov faced Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 108 in November 2013 but lost the bout and his title via TKO in the first round. He bounced back with a TKO victory over Mark Holata at Bellator 111 in March 2014 and a spectacular knockout win over Mighty Mo in the semifinals of the Heavyweight Tournament at Bellator 116 in April 2014. Volkov went on to defeat Blagoy Ivanov in the finals of the tournament via submission in the second round at Bellator 120 in May 2014.

Volkov faced Tony Johnson at Bellator 136 in April 2015, where he lost via split decision. He then faced Cheick Kongo at Bellator 139 in June 2015, but lost the fight via unanimous decision. Following his second consecutive loss, Volkov’s contract was cut by Bellator MMA.

Alexander Volkov’s Career in UFC

In 2016, Volkov signed with the UFC and made his debut against Timothy Johnson at UFC Fight Night 99, winning via a controversial split decision. He then went on to defeat Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve, and Fabrício Werdum, earning his first Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night bonuses in the process.

In 2018, Volkov suffered his first UFC loss against Derrick Lewis, despite dominating the fight. He then pulled out of a scheduled bout against Alistair Overeem and defeated Greg Hardy instead. Volkov went on to lose to Curtis Blaydes but rebounded with a win over Walt Harris.

In 2021, Volkov earned his second Performance of the Night bonus with a victory over Alistair Overeem but lost to Ciryl Gane in June. He then defeated Marcin Tybura before suffering a submission loss to Tom Aspinall in March 2022.

Volkov's won his most recent fight against Alexander Romanov at UFC Fight Night 221, which took place on 11th March 2023.

UFC Fight Night: Volkov v Aspinall
UFC Fight Night: Volkov v Aspinall

Alexander Volkov Record

Win36-10Alexander RomanovTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Yan vs. DvalishviliMarch 11, 202312:16Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win35–10Jairzinho RozenstruikTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. RozenstruikJune 4, 202212:12Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss34–10Tom AspinallSubmission (straight armbar)UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. AspinallMarch 19, 202213:45London, England
Win34–9Marcin TyburaDecision (unanimous)UFC 267October 30, 202135:00Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss33–9Ciryl GaneDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. VolkovJune 26, 202155:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win33–8Alistair OvereemTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. VolkovFebruary 6, 202122:06Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win32–8Walt HarrisTKO (body kick and punches)UFC 254October 24, 202021:15Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss31–8Curtis BlaydesDecision (unanimous)UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. VolkovJune 20, 202055:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win31–7Greg HardyDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Magomedsharipov vs. KattarNovember 9, 201935:00Moscow, Russia
Loss30–7Derrick LewisKO (punches)UFC 229October 6, 201834:49Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win30–6Fabrício WerdumKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. VolkovMarch 17, 201841:38London, England
Win29–6Stefan StruveTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. StruveSeptember 2, 201733:30Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win28–6Roy NelsonDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. ReisApril 15, 201735:00Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win27–6Timothy JohnsonDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2November 19, 201635:00Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win26–6Attila VéghKO (punches)M-1 Challenge 68June 16, 201612:38Moscow, Russia
Win25–6Denis SmoldarevSubmission (triangle choke)M-1 Challenge 64February 19, 201630:41Moscow, Russia
Loss24–6Cheick KongoDecision (unanimous)Bellator 139June 26, 201535:00Mulvane, Kansas, United States
Loss24–5Tony JohnsonDecision (split)Bellator 136April 10, 201535:00Irvine, California, United States
Win24–4Alexei KudinDecision (unanimous)Union MMA ProFebruary 21, 201535:00Krasnodar, Russia
Win23–4Roy BoughtonTKO (punches)Tech-Krep FC: Battle of HeroesDecember 12, 201410:40Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win22–4Blagoy IvanovSubmission (rear-naked choke)Bellator 120May 17, 201421:08Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Win21–4Mighty MoKO (head kick)Bellator 116April 11, 201412:44Temecula, California, United States
Win20–4Mark HolataTKO (punches)Bellator 111March 7, 201411:21Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss19–4Vitaly MinakovTKO (punches)Bellator 108November 15, 201312:57Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win19–3Rich HaleDecision (unanimous)Bellator 84December 14, 201255:00Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win18–3Vinicius QueirozTKO (punches)Bellator 80November 9, 201224:59Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win17–3Brett RogersDecision (unanimous)Bellator 75October 5, 201235:00Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win16–3Stefan StankovicTKO (punches)FEFoMP: Mayor Cup 2012May 26, 201214:27Khabarovsk, Russia
Win15–3Ricco RodriguezDecision (unanimous)BF: Baltic Challenge 3February 23, 201235:00Kaliningrad, Russia
Win14–3Arsen AbdulkerimovTKO (punches)M-1 Global: Fedor vs. MonsonNovember 20, 201110:26Moscow, Russia
Win13–3Bahodir IbrogimovTKO (punches)MMA Corona Cup 1October 7, 201122:22Moscow, Russia
Win12–3Nedyalko KaradzhovTKO (punches)League-70: Russia vs. BrazilAugust 5, 201112:41Sochi, Russia
Win11–3Denis GoltsovTKO (punches)M-1 Challenge 25: Zavurov vs. EnomotoApril 28, 201123:05Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win10–3Ruslan ChapkoTKO (punches)Mix Fight TournamentJanuary 15, 20111N/AVoronezh, Russia
Loss9–3Pat BennettDecision (unanimous)M-1 Challenge 22: Narkun vs. VasilevskyDecember 10, 201045:00Moscow, Russia
Win9–2Evgeni BabichTKO (punches)LM: Tournament 3September 18, 201012:10Lipetsk, Russia
Win8–2Eldar YagudinTKO (punches)Ratnoe PoleAugust 7, 201014:34Ryazan, Russia
Loss7–2Maxim GrishinSubmission (rear-naked choke)M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe FinalsJuly 22, 201012:39Moscow, Russia
Win7–1Alexander RomaschenkoSubmission (rear-naked choke)M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 3May 28, 201012:59Kyiv, Ukraine
Win6–1Vitalii YalovenkoTKO (doctor stoppage)M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 2April 10, 201021:05Kyiv, Ukraine
Win5–1Ibragim MagomedovDecision (unanimous)M-1 Challenge 20: 2009 FinalsDecember 3, 200935:00Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win4–1Smbat ZakaryanTKO (punches)ProFC: Union Nation Cup 3October 30, 200914:20Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Win3–1Abdulhalik MagomedovTKO (punches)M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 8October 4, 200914:43Moscow, Russia
Loss2–1Akhmed SultanovSubmission (armbar)M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 4June 24, 200912:50Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win2–0Adam AlikhanovTKO (punches)M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 3May 28, 200910:20Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win1–0Nikolay PleshakovTKO (punches)M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 2April 19, 200911:20Saint Petersburg, Russia

Alexander Volkov’s Most Popular Fights

Alexander Volkov vs. Ciryl Gane

Alexander Volkov and Ciryl Gane went to war on June 26, 2021, in a main event Heavyweight clash from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada at UFC Vegas 30. However, Ciryl Gane defeated Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46). Gane kept his undefeated record alive with this dominant win.

UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov
UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov

Alexander Volkov vs. Marcin Tybura

Alexander Volkov vs Marcin Tybura was a heavyweight bout that took place at UFC 267 on October 30, 2021. Volkov won by unanimous decision after three rounds, snapping Tybura’s five-fight win streak. Volkov was ranked No. 5 and Tybura was ranked No. 8 in the heavyweight division before the fight.

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FAQs on Alexander Volkov

What is Alexander Volkov’s weight division?

He competes in the Heavyweight division.

What is Alexander Volkov’s nickname?

His nickname is "Drago".

What is Alexander Volkov’s MMA record?

Volkov holds an MMA record of 36-10-0.

Last Updated On 12th March, 2023