Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Alexander the Great
By: Tristen Critchfield Mar 20, 2018
Volkov arrived in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship as an intriguing face in a
not-so-intriguing crowd in November 2016 and did so to little
fanfare. Four consecutive victories later, he has transformed
himself into an unlikely contender for the heavyweight title.
“Drago” overcame an inauspicious start to frustrate, fatigue and
Werdum, as he knocked out the two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club
Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist in the
fourth round of their
UFC Fight Night 127 headliner on March 17 in London. Volkov
brought it to a close 1:38 into Round 4, burying the Brazilian with
a series of right uppercuts and a brutal standing-to-ground dagger.
The win pushes the former Bellator
MMA champion to No. 4 in our latest heavyweight rankings and at
the very least puts him on a short list of possible suitors for
whoever emerges from the champion-versus-champion superfight
Miocic and Daniel
Cormier. In a resulting move, Werdum falls to fifth on the
divisional list, his immediate future clouded by increasing age and
Volkov was not the only mover and shaker across the pond. Jan
Blachowicz avenged a 2015 defeat to Jimi Manuwa
and spoiled the Brit’s homecoming in the UFC Fight Night “Werdum
vs. Volkov” co-main event, as the former
KSW champion walked away with a decisive unanimous decision.
Given up for dead after losing four times in five appearances
between April 11, 2015 and April 8, 2017, Blachowicz has rattled
off three straight wins at 205 pounds. His unexpected surge sees
him slot in at No. 7 in the light heavyweight rankings, bumping
Manuwa to eighth.