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Russia’s heavyweight MMA fighter Volkov signs new contract with UFC

Alexander Volkov's first fight under the new contract will take place at the UFC tournament in Las Vegas against Cyril Gane of France

MOSCOW, June 23. /TASS/. Russia’s heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter Alexander Volkov has signed a new contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the fighter told TASS on Wednesday.

The Russian is scheduled to hold his next bout on June 26 at the UFC tournament in Las Vegas against Cyril Gane of France.

"It will be my first fight under the new contract. The fight purse has been definitely increased. It [the purse] is a bit higher, and the contract provisions are better," Volkov told TASS without giving other further information about his new UFC contract.

In an interview with Russia’s Sport-Express daily later in the day, Volkov said he was completely prepared for the bout against the French fighter. "We have watched many of his fights, studied all of them, and are now trying to imitate his style and the fighting technique, which he uses to win the fights," Volkov said. "If we speak about our so-called homework, I should say it deserves an A+ grade."

"I hope that it [the homework] will be of a complete use in the fight," he continued. "I have been practicing in the gym all of my time, watched numerous videos with his fights, discussed a lot of things and changed plans for the fight many times".

"This is why a have prepared many plans for the fight, and we will see how the opponent will act during the bout," Volkov added.

Volkov’s 31-year-old opponent Cyril ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane boasts a professional record of eight wins in all of his fights (three by KO/TKO, three by submission and two by decision).

Alexander ‘Drago’ Volkov, 32, has a professional record of 33 wins (22 by KOs, three by submissions and eight by decisions) and eight defeats.

Last time Volkov fought on February 6, 2021, against Dutch mixed martial arts heavyweight fighter Alistair Overeem. Volkov won the UFC Fight Night 184 event fight in Las Vegas against Overeem with a technical knockout (TKO) in second round. The Dutch MMA fighter was diagnosed with a nasal bone fracture after the bout.

The UFC (the Ultimate Fighting Championship) is the largest MMA (mixed martial arts) promotion event around the globe featuring world’s top-rank fighters. Many Russian fighters are participating in the UFC competitions.