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“I’m Scared for Volk”- As Israel Adesanya and Valentina Shevchenko Get Doomed, Fans Show Concern for Alexander Volkanovski’s Fate As EA UFC 5 Cover Curse Takes Centre Stage

Published 09/20/2023, 10:48 AM EDT

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The writing has been on the wall ever since the EA announced its new edition of the UFC game. And Israel Adesanya bit the dust first as he dropped his middleweight crown for a second time. Soon Valentina Shevchenko followed suit as she fought a closely contested draw, but still failed to clinch back the title against Alexa Grasso. Hence, there is one question on the fans’ minds: Will a similar fate befall the mighty Alexander Volkanovski?

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The three UFC stars had sealed their fates when EA announced them as the cover stars of UFC 5. The games, first dropped in 2014, have always attracted attention as unfortunate fate seems to follow the cover stars. Labeled as the ‘UFC cover curse’ by a few, it started with Jon Jones and might strike ‘The Great’ next.

MMA fans worried about Alexander Volkanovski after the curse claimed ‘Stylebender’ and ‘Bullet’


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The drastic results at UFC 293, followed by Noche UFC, have put the UFC cover curse talks in the limelight, and if fans are to be believed, the Aussie might be in trouble.


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A series of comments looked back at Israel Adesanya’s recent loss against Sean Strickland. A few even blamed the Drake curse, which comes into force when the pop star puts his chip on a team or an athlete.


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  1. “Izzy just got robbed”
  2. “Nah!! It was drake curse”
  3. “Bro had 2 curses on him”
  4. “Izzy got screwed by all the curses drake curse and the cover”

Some fans predicted grim results for Volkanovski and Shevchenko.

  1. “Topuria dominates Volk and Grasso Finishes Val again”
  2. “Valentina and Alex, i have some bad news…”

Likewise, some responses expressed concern about the featherweight champion.

  1. “take volk of the cover I BEG”
  2. “I’m scared for Volk”

Notably, the UFC champion is currently recovering from his arm injury and might not fight this year. Whenever he comes back, Ilia Topuria will be waiting for him. However, fans would hope that he doesn’t become the latest victim of the UFC cover curse that has engulfed the likes of Jon Jones and Conor McGregor.


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A series of unfortunate events for the UFC cover stars

‘Bones’ became the first casualty of the UFC cover curse when he failed a drug test, and Alexander Gustafsson suffered a knockout loss in the very next fight. Following this, the EA UFC 2 stars Ronda Rousey and ‘The Notorious’ were jolted as ‘Rowdy’ got knocked out by Amanda Nunes and the Dubliner tapped out to Nate Diaz.

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McGregor returned as the UFC 3 cover star but failed to overturn his fortunes as he tapped out to Khabib Nurmagomedov. Similarly, Jorge Masvidal and Adesanya also failed to escape the deadly claws of the curse. Meanwhile, Volkanovski’s fate is yet to be determined. What do you think about the EA Sports cover curse? Let us know in the comments below.


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Rohit Lohan


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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for the sport that has spanned over a decade. His fascination with MMA stems from the thrill of knockouts, and he strives to bring that same level of excitement to his writing. Rohit's love for gripping stories is reflected in his articles, where he masterfully weaves together the latest news with compelling narratives.
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