Alexander Volkanovski: Net Worth 2023, Record and Business Ventures
The noted UFC fighter, Alexander Volkanovski, is currently awaiting his fifth UFC Featherweight title defense bout against Yair Rodriguez scheduled for UFC 290. But, the previous four title defenses from 'Volk' bear testimony to his superb prowess inside the Octagon. 'The current UFC Featherweight champion also boasts a remarkable current record of 12-1 in the UFC.
What is Alexander Volkanovski’s Net Worth in 2023?
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Owing to the huge crowds, 'The Great' draws in his fights, the UFC also provides him with remarkable sums of money for his bouts. As per reports suggest, the Australian currently boasts a net worth of $3.5M.
Volkanovski also receives his pay per fight, similar to every other UFC fighter. The majority of UFC supporters are also aware that it varies from one fight to another. 'The Great' earned his biggest fight purse to date for his UFC 276 bout against the noted, Max Holloway. Reports suggest that 'Volk' pocketed a massive $1M for this fight.
Alexander Volkanovski's Early Life
Volkanovski has mixed ancestry. His mother, Mary Volkanovski, is from Greece, while his father, Tony Volkanovski, has Macedonian ancestry and was born in Yugoslavia. Volkanovski's mixed ancestry inspired him to give himself the moniker 'The Great', following Alexander The Great, who also had a Macedonian-Greek origin.
Reports say that he also has an older sibling who is a fighter as well. 'Volk' was a fervent rugby fan apart from MMA. Further, he also kicked off his athletic career with rugby. He used to play for the Warilla Gorillas as a semi-pro. In the year 2010, he was also awarded the Mick Cronin Medal as the Group 7 Rugby League's best player.
His initial coach, Joe Lopez, revealed 'Volk' started to train in MMA and Greco-Roman Wrestling when he was 22. Although he started it as an off-season activity to keep himself fit, he soon grew a knack for the sport of MMA and chose it as his livelihood as well.
Alexander Volkanovski's MMA Career and UFC Record
Volkanovski had four fights as an amateur. At 23, he decided to make a career out of mixed martial arts and defeated Gerhard Voigt in his first professional MMA bout.'The Great' went 3-0 before suffering his first and what would become his only MMA loss, and it came in the welterweight division. Alexander Volkanovski's weight loss, as aforementioned he was a 214-pound rugby player, was the recipe for his success.
After amassing thirteen wins in Australia, Guam, and New Zealand, Volkanovski finally made it to the United States and took over the UFC featherweight division after debuting in the lightweight division. As of 2023, he is at #2 in UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.
Alexander Volkanovski dominated his first five opponents in the UFC before fighting returning veteran, Chad Mendes. Although he faced some early adversity against Mendes, Volkanovski turned the tables and knocked him out. He was then matched up against the first UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.
As 'The Great' outclassed the legend, Aldo, in his hometown, Brazil, at UFC 237, he received his first-ever title shot against the third-ever UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. At UFC 245, 'The Great' conquered Holloway and resolutely won the UFC featherweight championship.
The duo re-matched at UFC 251. As Max Holloway looked strong in the early rounds, many people thought 'Blessed' did enough to regain his UFC gold. But, the judges had other thoughts and awarded the decision to 'The Great'. With two wins over Holloway, Volkanovski inched his way toward the GOAT status in the featherweight division.
In 2021, he made his second title defense against Brian Ortega on September 25, 2021, at UFC 266: Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega. Alexander Volkanovski's record in UFC stands at an impressive 10-0.
Alexander Volkanovski had his next fight in the main event of UFC 273 PPV against 'The Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. 'Volk' put on a display of his insane striking prowess, finishing off Jung in the fourth round of the bout.
Moving on, 'The Great' once again faced his former rival Max Holloway at UFC 276. But the result wasn't much different.
Volkanovski's only UFC loss to date came in his UFC 284 main event bout against the current UFC Lightweight champ, Islam Makhachev. 'Volk' decided to move up a division in order to give himself a shot at the coveted 'champ-champ' status. Despite putting up a real enthraller of a bout, the judges ruled in favor of Makhachev via a controversial unanimous decision.
Before joining the UFC, Alexander Volkanovski also has one boxing match under his belt. The bout took place on April 17, 2015, at super welterweight inside the Hurstville Entertainment Center, Australia. 'The Great' won the four-round battle via a unanimous decision.
In his pro-MMA career, Alexander Volkanovski has won a championship in every weight class (welterweight, lightweight, featherweight) he has fought at. In the UFC, he claimed a Fight of the Night bonus remarkable performance against Chad Mendes. Also, his last title defense against Max Holloway at UFC 276, after which he picked up one loss as well.
Apart from that, he won a gold medal at the Australian National Schools Wrestling Competition at 12 years old. Alexander Volkanovski's stats in MMA have been exceptional. He holds an amazing record of 25-2-0 in his MMA career.
Alexander Volkanovski’s Career Earnings
- Alexander Volkanovski’s Salary In 2016 – $50,000
- Alexander Volkanovski’s Salary In 2017 – $60,000
- Alexander Volkanovski’s Salary In 2018 – $335,000
- Alexander Volkanovski’s Salary In 2019 – $420,000
- Alexander Volkanovski’s Salary In 2020 – $1.1 Million
- Alexander Volkanovski’s Salary In 2021 – $800,000
- Alexander Volkanovski’s Salary In 2022 – $3 Million
Alexander Volkanovski Awards & Achievements
- Ranked as the UFC Men’s Pound-For-Pound number one fighter in the world.
- Won two Fight of the Night Awards for defeating Chad Mendes and Brian Ortega.
- Holds the record for second-longest win streak in UFC Featherweight Division history.
- Won the UFC Featherweight Championship by defeating Max Holloway.
- Successfully defended his championship 4 times against several fighters.
Alexander Volkanovski's Business Ventures
Reportedly, Volkanovski has made a few good investments with his UFC-earned wealth. 'Volk' sells his own merchandise for the fans. They can receive it pretty easily by visiting his business website.
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'The Australian' also has a partnership with 'Cameo' through which he sends out personalized video messages to his fans.
Alexander Volkanovski's Endorsements
Volkanovski has teamed up with several companies like CMBT, Engage, Blessed CBD, BaiMed. Details for the same are also available on his official website. His more recent endorsements include Athletikan and Sports Bet.
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Alexander Volkanovski's Charity & Foundation Work
Recently, the UFC featherweight champion, with some other athletes, raised $10,000 for Charity Bounce in Prahran, Australia.