Alexander Volkanovski has fought at multiple weight classes in his career. From middleweight to featherweight, he has had a spectacular run so far. ‘The Great’ is also the reigning UFC featherweight champion.
Volkanovski started training in Greco-Roman wrestling at a very young age. He won his first national championship at 12. However, he left wrestling and began competing in rugby at 14. He had an impressive career in rugby. However, he began training in MMA and wrestling during his offseasons. It is noteworthy that Alexander Volkanovski weighed around 214 lbs during the offseasons.
Volkanovski had four fights as an amateur at middleweight. At 23, he decided to make a career out of mixed martial arts. He dropped to welterweight and defeated Gerhard Voigt in his first professional bout.
‘The Great’ went 3-0 before suffering his first and only loss in his new career. After amassing thirteen wins in Australia, Guam, and New Zealand, Volkanovski finally made it to the United States. He 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 legendary featherweight, Jose Aldo. As expected, he outclassed Aldo to win a title shot.
Volkanovski received his first-ever title shot against former champion Max Holloway. Holloway was an impressive run in the featherweight division before the fight. However, Volkanovski conquered Holloway and the division.
The duo re-matched at UFC 250. Surprisingly, Max Holloway looked strong in the early rounds. Many people thought he would win the fight. But the judges did not see it that way and awarded the decision to the champion. There was a ton of controversy surrounding the decision post-fight.
Alexander Volkanovski is a strong wrestler who fell in love with striking. With a world-class gym (City Kickboxing) watching his back, Volkanovski has mastered many techniques. He has a dangerous overhand right and debilitating leg kicks.
Besides that, he has offensive and defensive wrestling in his arsenal. And if he gets taken down, his experience as a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu should help him defend submission attacks.
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.
Alexander Volkanovski has won a championship at every weight class (welterweight, lightweight, featherweight) he has fought in his pro career.
He has won the Fight of the Night bonus for his performance against Chad Mendes. Besides winning the UFC featherweight title, he has also defended it one time.
Apart from that, he won a gold medal at the Australian National Schools Wrestling Competition at 12 years old.
Volkanovski has earned over $1,224,500 in the UFC. He received a whopping $390,000 for the rematch against Max Holloway. The Aussie has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Volkanovski has teamed up with several companies like CMBT, Blessed CBD, Sportsbet, and Atheltikan.
|Born||29 September 1988|
|Gym||City Kickboxing, Tiger Muay Thai, Freestyle Fighting Gym|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Weight/Division||145 lbs (Featherweight)|
|Reach||71 1⁄2 in|
|MMA Record||22-1-0, 0NC|
|Boxing Record||1-0-0, 0NC|
|Active Win Streak||19|
|Wins by Stoppages||14 (11 KO/TKOs, 3 Submissions)|
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Endorsements||CMBT, Blessed CBD, Sportsbet, and Atheltikan.|
|Kids||2 (Ariana and Airlie)|