Fighter of the Week: Alex Volkanovski
Alex “The Great” Volkanovski
AKA: “The Hulk”
Pro Record: 14 wins & 1 loss
Association: Freestyle Fighting Gym/Tiger Muay Thai
Weight Class: Featherweight/Lightweight
Fighting Style: Muay Thai,Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Record and Championships:
13-1-0, 9 finishes
PXC Featherweight World Champ
AFC Featherweight Champ
2x Lightweight & Welterweight Roshambo Champion
Wollongong Wars Welterweight Champion
BJJ national gold medalist
2x Wrestling National Gold Medalist
In this week’s addition of the Fighter of the Week, we will take a look Alex Volkanovski. Alex comes from the “Land Down Under” as he was born in New South Wales and still lives and trains there. There’s a chance that if the UFC doesn’t fight in Melbourne for UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson this past Saturday, we may still be waiting to see him make his debut in the organization. Considering he was still fighting in local promotions before his UFC debut, it may have been a while. Instead the consensus #1 pound for pound fighter in Australia took full advantage of his UFC debut by dominating Yusuke Kasuya on his way to a 2nd round TKO win.
Volkanovski showed a pretty impressive all around game in his debut in UFC Fight Night 101. He was 3 for 3 in takedowns and defended 1 of 2 takedown attempts by Kasuya. He also showed some impressive BJJ defense as Kasuya was desperate at the end of the 1st round and during the 2nd round, attempting to attack the leg. He even attempted his own submission with a guillotine in the 1st round but ultimately gave it up for a slam to the mat of his opponent and top position. But most impressive was Volkanovski’s overall power. He was able to control Kasuya from top position and just rained down punches and elbows during both rounds. He is incredibly “heavy” from the top position and didn’t allow Kasuya to get to his feet, even as Kasuya attempted to get his back to the cage and lift from there. He ended up landing 86 strikes with 75 significant strikes landed on his way to controlling the entire fight from start to finish and ending it by pounding Kasuya with punches until the ref had to call it at 2:06 in the 2nd round.
I’m always impressed with guys, who seize their opportunity in the world’s biggest promotion and put on a performance like he did. Even more impressive is that Volkanovski was willing to move up to lightweight from featherweight to get a shot at the UFC and dominated the bigger foe. He stated that he plans to move back down to featherweight and even stated that he is thinking about making a move all the way down to bantamweight.
I’m really looking forward to seeing him in the Octagon again very soon. I think this is a guy that can make some noise in the UFC’s already stacked featherweight and/or lightweight divisions. I think “The Great” has a shot to live up to his nickname.