Alexander Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski 2022: Record, Net Worth, Salary, and Endorsements

Alexander Volkanovski is the UFC featherweight champion. However, he has fought in multiple weight classes in his MMA career. From middleweight to featherweight, he has had a spectacular run in MMA after starting very late in his career. 'The Great', the fourth UFC featherweight champion ever, currently holds the prestigious UFC gold.

Volkanovski started training in wrestling at a very young age. He won his first national championship in 2001 at 12. However, he left wrestling and began competing in rugby at 14. During his offseason, he began training in MMA and wrestling, alongside his impressive career in rugby. It is noteworthy that Alexander Volkanovski's rugby weight was around 214 pounds.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 10: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia poses on the scale during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Volkanovski had four fights as an amateur at middleweight. At 23, he decided to make a career out of mixed martial arts and defeated Gerhard Voigt in his first professional MMA bout.

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'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 2022, he is at #3 in UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.

Alexander Volkanovski Career Highlights

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.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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 towards 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's next fight will be 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.

Before joining the UFC, Alexander Volkanovski 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 Brian Ortega saw him win the 'Fight of the Night' honors for the second time.

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 23-1-0 in his MMA career.

What is Alexander Volkanovski's history and background?

Alexander Volkanovski is a strong wrestler who fell in love with striking. With a world-class gym in City Kickboxing watching his back, Volkanovski is constantly working on his overall skill sets. 'The Great' has a dangerous overhand right and debilitating leg kicks.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 25: (R-L) Alexander Volkanovski faces Brian Ortega in their UFC featherweight championship fight during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena on September 25, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, as the main theme of the gym, Volkanovski has mastered the feints. One of the most underrated skills in a fight is analyzing the opponent's tendencies. 'The Great' uses the feints to great effect to make the read of his opponent's movements, and when the time comes, he capitalizes and pays them for any vague move.

Besides that, he has offensive and defensive wrestling in his arsenal. And if he gets taken down, 'The Great' gets back on his feet rather quickly. In addition, his experience as a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu helps him defend against submission attacks.

What is Alexander Volkanovski Net Worth?

How much did Alexander Volkanovski make? As of 2022, Volkanovski has earned over $1,716,500 in the UFC, according to The Sports Daily. Alexander Volkanovski's payout for his second championship defense against Brian Ortega was a whopping $492,000 (his highest payday).

Alexander Volkanovski: Endorsements 2022

Volkanovski has teamed up with several companies like CMBTEngage, Blessed CBD, BaiMed. Details for the same are also available on his official website.

Alexander Volkanovski: Foundation and Charity

Recently, the UFC featherweight champion, with some other athletes, raised $10,000 for Charity Bounce in Prahran, Australia.

Alexander Volkanovski: Personal Life

Emma Volkanovski is Alexander Volkanovski's wife. The couple has two kids (Ariana and Airlie).

More facts about Alexander Volkanovski

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  • Alexander Volkanovski's rugby career was brief because of his love for MMA.

  • 'The Great' has one loss on his record. Who did Alexander Volkanovski lose to? Alexander Volkanovski's only loss came to Corey Nelson at the Australian FC 5 event in a welterweight bout via TKO (head kicks/punches).

  • A proud dad, Alexander Volkanovski, had put a video of pulling out a tooth of his daughter on his Instagram.

  • Volkanovski had a very tough yet dominant third round against 'T-City'. Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega full fight is available on UFC Fight Pass.

  • Alexander Volkanovski's dietitian gave away how the featherweight champion stays fit and loses all the fat.

  • Henry Cejudo vs Alexander Volkanovski could be a historic fight. Cejudo has shown constant interest in the fight, however, UFC President Dana White doesn't seem to entertain the idea.

  • Due to lockdown, Alexander Volkanovski had gone bald, as the barbers were not allowed and the champion did not like the growing hair.

  • The champ has a lot of depth; Alexander Volkanovski does a very interesting cooking show on his social accounts.

  • “Game of Thrones” theme song, violin cover, by Jason Yang and Roger Lima is Alexander Volkanovski's walkout song.

  • For UFC 266, Alexander Volkanovski used Men At Work - Down Under as his walkout song.

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NicknameThe Great
Age33
Born9-29-88
CountryAustralia
HometownShellharbour, Australia
GymCity Kickboxing, Freestyle Fighting Gym
Height5' 6"
Weight/Division145 lbs (featherweight)
Reach71.5"
Leg Reach36"
MMA Record23-1-0
Boxing Record1-0-0, 0NC
Active Win Streak20
Wins by Stoppages14 (11 T/KOs, 3 Submissions)
Net Worth NA
 EndorsementsCMBT, Blessed CBD, Engage, BaiMed
 Partner Emma
Marital StatusMarried
Kids2 (Ariana and Airlie)

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