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Alexander Volkov Says He’s Not Ready To Call Out Opponents

April 17, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
UFC Fight Night 117

In an interview with MMA Junkie, heavyweight Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC) said that even though he beat Roy Nelson at UFC on FOX 24, he’s not at the point where he wants to start calling out opponents for future fights. Here are highlights:

On not calling out opponents: “Frankly, I’m not ready giving a name because everyone right now in the division are great guys. I’m happy with anyone that is higher than me in the rankings, and I can be happy to fight them. I’m happy that I have a place in the division now.”

On his opinion of Nelson: “I really respect Roy. He’s a great guy. Many people in my country grew up watching his fights, as I did. I really like his fights.”

On how the fight went: “It was a hard fight. I really loved it. It was one of the new exams for me in the UFC, this great fight. Roy didn’t surprise me with anything. He did everything we expected, so basically, it’s a hard-fought, tactical win. We were worried about his heavy hands and his wrestling. We knew that he tried both – basically, two of his main weapons – and during the fight, I had to feel both of those tools myself, and I was happy I was able to overcome both of them. I felt his punch. I didn’t fall because there is no fight where someone doesn’t try to punch you, and through the three rounds, you don’t receive a single punch. I did receive some, but I won. It was a tactical fight. I’m happy that on the standup and on the ground. I was able to overcome him, and I’m happy with it.”

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