Former Bellator Heavyweight Champ Alexander Volkov to Make UFC Debut on Nov. 19

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 29, 2016

Ex-Bellator MMA heavyweight titlist Alexander Volkov will make his Octagon debut against Timothy Johnson at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast.

The Las Vegas-based organization confirmed the pairing on Thursday. UFC Fight Night takes place at SSE Arena on Nov. 19 and is headline by a welterweight clash pitting Dong Hyun Kim against Gunnar Nelson. The card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.

Volkov captured the Bellator heavyweight strap with a decision win over Rich Hale at Bellator 84, but lost the title to Vitaly Minakov in his next outing at Bellator 108. The 27-year-old Russian has won seven of nine fights since then, including a first-round KO of Attila Vegh at M-1 Challenge 68 on June 16.

Johnson has won two of three in the Octagon, besting Marcin Tybura and Shamil Abdurakhimov while falling to Jared Rosholt. The North Dakota native is 10-2 in his professional career.


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