‘He’s A Legend’ – Alexander Volkov Says Jon Jones Will Revamp the UFC Heavyweight Division

Published 02/05/2021, 12:45 PM EST
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)


Alexander Volkov, the Russian heavyweight fighting in the UFC, is set to fight Heavyweight mainstay Alistair Overeem this weekend at UFC Fight Night 184 for the main event. However, the heavyweight division is scheduled for a massive new entry in Jon Jones, who has finally given the green light to a heavyweight move. 

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Given the star power of Jon Jones, the media is speculating that he will be directly inserted into a title fight, or at least a number one contender’s match. This disgruntles some heavyweights, and hence, Volkov was asked in a recent interview if Jon Jones should get a title shot at heavyweight.

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Alexander Volkov replied, “I think it’s okay because he is a good fighter. He is a legend of UFC. (He is) one of the best fighters in the UFC, and if he comes to heavyweight, he will make heavyweight more interesting.

The fighter added, “If he fights for the belt (it would) be more interesting for the division right now. So, I am okay with this, and maybe it will be better, I think.” He felt that Jones getting a title shot is deserved because of the public exposure he brings to the division. 

Alexander Volkov’s prospects in the Heavyweight Division

Volkov surely has his eye set on the heavyweight title fight between current champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou at UFC 260. He is currently ranked number 6 in the official UFC rankings, while Overeem is ranked number 5. A win over Overeem will certainly see his stock rise and help him come closer to the title shot he desires.

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Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Derrick Lewis complete the top six in the rankings. 

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon punches Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He gave Jones his due and then also expressed his eagerness to challenge Jones in the future. His answer gave a sharp insight into the mindset he holds, and the respect he gave Jones was refreshing. Come Saturday, and everyone will find out whether Alexander Volkov has what it takes to challenge Jon Jones. 

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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