The legend of Russian UFC fighter Alexander Volkov continued to grow on Saturday night in Rotterdam.
Fighting Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night 115, Volkov took a knee to the face from his opponent in the first round, opening a cut under his left eye.
However, he kept battling and managed to score a third-round knockout of Struve to maintain his perfect UFC record.
As you can see in the videos below, the fight was a brutal one, but the 6'7" Volkov eventually emerged with the win over the 7' Struve:
Volkov is now 3-0 in his UFC career and 30-6 overall in his fighting career. Struve fell to 28-9 overall with his loss.
After the win, Volkov told MMAFighting.com that he was thrilled with the way the fight went and thanked his home country and fans from around the world for the support:
“I feel great, thanks everyone for their support, thanks to everyone from Russia and from around the world,” Volkov said. “Thank you Stefan for the fight.”
Though he thanked Struve for the fight, he did question whether some of his opponent's tactics were legal.
Sporting a cut below his left eye, Volkov told MMAFighting.com that he was also concerned about doctors stopping the fight because of his injury:
“Frankly, I was more afraid about the doctor stopping the fight, because vision becomes blurry,” Volkov said. “But I didn’t want that and it’s hard to say it influenced the fight. I fought, I had a feeling I could finish it at the end of the first, and in the second, but frankly, I’m happy I had the third-round finish for the win.”
Though he'll need some time to heal, he'll likely make his return to the octagon sooner rather than later, as his star is continuing to rise.
He said he hasn't given much thought to his next opponent, but added that he'd like to have his next match come in his home country:
“Actually right now I’m not thinking about who to fight, but I’d rather think about where to fight,” Volkov said. “Today, five Russian fighters won. I headlined a tournament. It would be great if UFC would be able to bring UFC to Russia, I will be happy an honored to headline this tournament.”
Volkov is a native of Moscow, so his desire to fight in his home country shouldn't be all that surprising. It's a good time for Russian fighters, so it'll be interesting to see if the UFC does indeed put together an event in the country.
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