Alexander Volkov is one of the notable fighters in the UFC heavyweight division. As of 2021, he sits at #5 in the UFC heavyweight rankings. Now, he will fight Ciryl Gane at UFC Vegas 30. Ahead of this clash, let's take a look at the 5 most surprising facts about Alexander Volkov.
‘Drago’ got married in August 2016 to Vita Volkova, who is a Russian entrepreneur. Two years after their marriage, the couple had a baby boy in November 2018.
Volkov has a giant samurai helmet tattooed on his back, which is based on the confrontation between life and death. Maxim Kislitsyn, who made this tattoo, shared an Instagram post, said - "Very tightly tattooed for 2 weeks and the result is 55 hours of work".
The nickname ‘Drago’ came from a fictional character from the fourth edition of the Rocky movie franchise. The character ‘Drago’ became a pop culture icon which inspired Alexander Volkov to opt for the nickname as a tribute.
Before entering the UFC, Volkov was the Bellator Heavyweight World Champion and the M-1 Global Heavyweight Champion.
The Heavyweight division is stacked with scary fighters like Francis Ngannou, Derrick Lewis, Stipe Miocic. But people hardly know that Volkov has more T/KO wins (22) than any of these top heavyweights.