‘Be Careful It’s Slippery’- Francis Ngannou Warns Alexander Volkov After Victory Against Alistair Overeem

Published 02/07/2021, 12:20 AM EST
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon celebrates his KO victory over Cain Velasquez in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC Credits Getty Images)


The main event at UFC Vegas 18 saw Alexander Volkov take on a dangerous opponent in Alistair Overeem. Leading up to the fight, there was a lot of talk regarding how many more fights Overeem had left in him. After his loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik, ‘The Demolition Man’ bounced back with two impressive stoppage wins. 

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During the buildup to the fight, he had stated that this would be his last chance to fight for a UFC title as he does not see himself fighting a lot longer. Overeem is a pioneer of the sport and has been a champion in almost every organization that he has been a part of. However, UFC gold has always eluded him. 

It was understood that if he could get past Volkov, he would fight for the title in his next bout. However, the fairy tale ending was bought to an abrupt halt by ‘Drago’. 

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After the fight, Volkov was sent a stern warning by title challenger Francis Ngannou who tweeted, “Good jod Volkov you’re now playing on the big men field. Be careful it’s Slippery #UFCVegas18”

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Alexander Volkov has placed himself among the very best in a talent stacked heavyweight division 

During the fight, ‘Drago’ was in control from the very beginning. He landed early and often and bloodied up Overeem before the end of the first round itself. ‘Drago’ landed an impressive 54 significant strikes with an accuracy of 61%.

Although both men had the same reach, Volkov was significantly taller. He used this to his advantage to stay outside and pick apart Overeem over the course of the fight. 

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The heavyweight division is buzzing at the moment. Stipe Miocic will put his belt on the line against Francis Ngannou at UFC 260. Derrick Lewis and Curtis Blaydes who are on a three and five-fight win streak respectively take each other on in just a few weeks’ time to determine the number one contender. 

Not to mention the imminent debut of Jon Jones at heavyweight. Therefore, the division is extremely exciting right now, with a lot of top prospects and interesting fights in the future for UFC fans. 

What do you think should be next for Alexander Volkov? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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