From a concreter to the consensus best fighter in the world; such is the journey of Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski.
The Australian featherweight king was bestowed a second crown yesterday when the UFC updated their promotional rankings following the results of UFC 278 last weekend. Volkanovski now sits as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Kamaru Usman, the former holder of the top spot on the list, slid three places after a shock knockout courtesy of Leon Edwards (who enters the P4P rankings for the first time at number six). This loss, coupled with the 145-pound champ’s string of success since entering the promotion in 2016 pushed Volkanovski to the top of the pile after the reshuffle.
As it stands, ‘Volk’ is currently on a 21-fight win streak, with 12 of those wins coming inside the UFC. His sole loss came in just his fourth fight, which took place in the welterweight division in 2013.
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- Leon Edwards says body ‘just shut down’ at UFC 278, credits coaches for comeback: ‘They knew how to press my buttons’ – MMAFighting.com
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- Marcin Tybura still high on Alexandr Romanov’s ceiling: ‘I think his hype is still there’ – MMAjunkie.com
- Dana White: Merab Dvalishvili didn’t shine at UFC 278 like someone who wants a title shot – MMAJunkie.com
- Manager: Justin Gaethje likely to return ‘at the beginning of next year’ against a big name – BloodyElbow.com
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On this day in MMA…
On the 23rd of August, 2015, Charles Oliveira sustained a life-threatening esophagus tear in his UFC Fight Night 74 bout with Max Holloway.
After a short grappling sequence that forced a sudden twist of Oliveira’s head, the Brazilian clutched his neck and fell to the ground, with referee Herb Dean stopping the action shortly thereafter.
Oliveira lost all feeling to parts of his body, later claiming: “when I fell against the cage, everything went numb. I couldn’t feel my body.” He was transported out of the ring that night with a neck brace and a stretcher.
He would make a full recovery and return just four months later.