Do you think the towering Russian heavyweight Alexander Volkov has earned a shot at the UFC heavyweight title? He wants to face the victor of champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier who fight on July 7 in Las Vegas.
Volkov has earned 23 of his 30 career victories by stoppage. He's taking bigger steps up the divisional ladder than Francis Ngannou did and doing it with much less fanfare, but that should change if "Drago" derails Werdum's hopes of challenging for the title again in 2018. For Volkov, meanwhile, it was his biggest test to date. Volkov did his best to defend by grabbing the hands of Werdum, but Werdum was still able to sneak threw some serious hammer fists and open a huge gash on the forehead of Volkov that began to bleed into his eyes. Hopefully we can get this fight rescheduled ASAP. It wasn't until the final ninety seconds that he regained his feet. Apparently Werdum handled the strike more coolly than Garbrandt had.More news: The Science World Celebrates The Life Of Stephen Hawking
Werdum appeared to be winning in the early going, controlling Volkov on the ground in the first and second rounds in particular, but by the third, it looked like he was getting exhausted while the younger Volkov still looked fresh. There will also be fighters from Afghanistan, Russia, Scotland, England, Canada, Wales, Sweden, the United States, Germany, France, Poland, and Brazil in this event.
Volkov saw off the Brazilian via a third-round TKO in a performance that should catch the attention of his rivals. With an already accomplished grappling game, the Polish-German fighter has developed a solid jab and kicking game which allowed him to emerge victorious in his last two outings. Volkov shook off the first two attempts but was taken down midway through the round. Volkov was hip to what was going on, and quickly escaped. If Volkov can turn this into a boxing match, he will become the favorite.
It'll certainly shake things up at 265lbs and for Werdum, with his advancing age, it may force him to take a long, hard look at his standing within the sport. That was it - the former champ was finished.