Fabricio Werdum Wary of Alexander Volkov’s Dangerous Striking Game

By: Nathan Zur
Mar 12, 2018
Fabricio Werdum will face off against Alexander Volkov Saturday at UFC Fight Night 127 inside London’s O2 Arena.

The former heavyweight champion Werdum (23-1, 1 NC) has won two straight fights inside the Octagon and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Marcin Tybura back in November.

Meanwhile, Volkov (29-6) is riding a five-fight win streak with his last victory coming against Stefan Struve. He dispatched the giant Dutchman by TKO in the third round in September.

Werdum spoke with A G Fight about his opponent Volkov and is well aware of the threat the Russian possesses in the striking game (via Bloody Elbow):

“Volkov is a really dangerous guy. He has been showing that not only in the UFC, but for a while now. He was a Bellator MMA champion, if I’m not mistaken. He’s great reach and is really, really tall. He’s a real heavyweight. He has great muay Thai, but lacks ground skills. You can’t compare his stand-up with his grappling. His striking is very refined, so you must be careful. I’ll fight smart, because he’s a good fighter.”

Werdum has trained with Volkov in the past although he won’t be basing his game plan solely on what he learnt about the Russian in those weeks they spent together.

“He trained with us for a while, for a few weeks, but I can’t base my game plan on that, because it’s completely different. Training and fighting are very different things. I had never seen him before, but I knew who he was. He’s a big guy who knows how to use his reach. After I got to know him, I learned more about him.”

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