After falling short at UFC Vegas 30, what’s next for Alexander Volkov?

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This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 30, two top heavyweights went to battle. Undefeated top prospect Ciryl Gane (9-0) was looking to remain unbeaten against the tough Alexander Volkov (33-9).

Volkov has been with the UFC since 2016 and he’s done extremely well. Heading into Saturday night, Volkov held a record of 7-2 in nine fights with the promotion. One of those losses came against Derrick Lewis in the final seconds.

Volkov dominated that fight until the very end when Lewis landed a devastating knockout shot in the final fifteen seconds. “Drago” lost to Curtis Blaydes last June and had since won back-to-back fights leading into UFC Vegas 30.

Volkov has done a really good job of beating the guys he was supposed to in his UFC career. However, he’s seemed to struggle when he takes on the guys at the top. Unfortunately for Volkov, that narrative didn’t change on Saturday night.

Ciryl Gane did a fantastic job of using his movement and speed to fluster the Russian. Volkov landed some good shots, but for the most part, the fight was dominated and controlled by Ciryl Gane. Ultimately, it was almost a unanimous sweep on the scorecards for Ciryl Gane at UFC Vegas 30.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 30?

For Alexander Volkov, it’s back to the drawing board. The Russian has come close to a UFC title shot on multiple occasions, but he’s always fallen short. The toughest for him to swallow obviously the Derrick Lewis fight in which he was just seconds away from a win.

Now, having his winning streak snapped and losing to Ciryl Gane, where does Volkov go from here? It is worth noting that I thought Volkov’s two wins leading into UFC Vegas 30 were some of the best of his career.

He looked sensational, but he just ran into a better fighter on Saturday night. An opponent that could be next for Volkov is Augusto Sakai (15-3-1). Sakai has lost two straight, but both of those fights were headliners. He’s still in the top ten and a matchup between the two could provide some clarity to the UFC about both contenders.

UFC Vegas 30 Preview: Ciryl Gane – Alexander Volkov

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Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 30, we will see top five heavyweights battle it out. Top contenders Ciryl Gane (8-0) and Alexander Volkov (33-8) are looking to put themselves directly into title contention tomorrow night.

Ciryl Gane made his UFC debut back in 2019 in what was just his fourth professional fight. Obviously you can see by his record that he’s been perfect inside the octagon. The UFC has brought him along at a gradual pace and now he’s fighting the elites of the heavyweight division.

In his last two fights, Gane has defeated former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos and fellow top contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik. If Gane can defeat Volkov at UFC Vegas 30, he might only be a win away from a shot at the heavyweight title.

Alexander Volkov made his UFC debut back in 2016 and started out 4-0. Volkov knocked out former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in a main event to get a shot against Derrick Lewis. The matchup was looked at as a potential title eliminator.

Volkov dominated the entire fight, but was caught by the massive power of The Black Beast in the final seconds. Since that loss, Volkov has gone 3-1 in the UFC. A win tomorrow night over the undefeated Gane would put him in an excellent position to get that elusive title shot.

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I’m incredibly excited and intrigued by this main event at UFC Vegas 30. On one hand you have the great striking and skills of Ciryl Gane. The former professional kickboxer has shown off his great technique inside the octagon.

However, it’s his movement that impresses me the most. His lateral movement is of someone from a lower weight class. His overall knowledge of the game and his movement could cause Volkov issues tomorrow night at UFC Vegas 30.

On the other hand, Alexander Volkov looks like he’s really turning the page. Over his last couple of fights, he looks like a completely different fighter. I love his aggressiveness and how he pushes forward with a combination of volume and power.

He will give Gane the toughest test of his UFC career. I’ve really gone back-and-forth over this prediction. I think the fight is going to be razor close, but I see Volkov getting the nod here. Ultimately, it will come down to significant shots and I think Volkov lands enough to sway the judges.

Prediction: Alexander Volkov by Split Decision