Alexander Volkov Set to Make UFC Return Against Ciryl Gane on Jun 26th

Published 04/04/2021, 4:47 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: (L-R) Alexander Volkov of Russia punches Fabricio Werdum of Brazil in their heavyweight bout inside The O2 Arena on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


An exciting heavyweight clash between Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov has been added to the UFC Fight Night card on June 26th. The no.4 ranked ‘Bon Gamin’ will take on the #5 ranked ‘Drago’ in the main event of the card. Both heavyweights will look to enter the Top-3 of the division with a win.

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Gane earned a decision as he outboxed the heavy-hitter Jairzinho Rozenstruik for the full 5-rounds in his last fight. The Russian powerhouse Volkov, on the other hand, is coming off a knockout victory over Alistair Overeem. Volkov’s win prompted the UFC to cut ‘The Demolition Man’ from their roster.

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Gane will look to build on his undefeated record as a professional. The Frenchman has a perfect professional record of 8-0. A win over Volkov will extend his promotional record to 6-0.

Statement wins over Tanner Boser, Junior Dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik have been the highlight of Gane’s UFC career so far.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 27: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

‘Drago’ is currently on a 2-fight winning streak. Back-to-back finishes over Walt Harris and Overeem have put him in a good spot in the heavyweight division.

He has won 3 of his last 5 bouts. Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis have been the only men to hand Volkov losses in the UFC.

Can Alexander Volkov finally get a title shot?

Drago‘ has been competing under the UFC’s banner since 2016. He started his promotional career with 4 stunning wins in a row.

Legends like Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve, Fabricio Werdum have suffered at his hands. However, a last-ditch knockout loss to ‘The Black Beast‘ at UFC 229 stopped him in his tracks.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Alexander Volkov of Russia punches Walt Harris in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A win over Greg Hardy was followed by a decision loss to ‘Razor‘ Blaydes. But with two consecutive finishes, Volkov is back once again at the upper echelon of the Heavyweight division. But Gane is no pushover.

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A win can certainly catapult ‘Drago’ into the title conversation of the UFC’s Heavyweight division. Who gets it done? Volkov or Gane? Let us know your pick.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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