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Greg Hardy is a formidable figure in need of a big-name casualty to boost his ranking. On Nov. 9, he’ll be presented with a golden opportunity to prove his worth when he faces the seventh-ranked Alexander Volkov. The numbers below should give you an idea on who will have the edge going into this exciting matchup at UFC Fight Night 163 in Moscow.
Age, height and arm reachWith a combined weight of more than 500 pounds, Volkov and Hardy are two huge heavyweights with a ton of talent. Volkov stands at 6-foot-7-inches with an 81-inch arm reach while Hardy is a slightly smaller 6-foot-5 with an 80-inch reach. Both fighters are 31 years old. Volkov was born on Oct. 24, 1988, while Hardy was born on July 28, 1988.
Overall experienceBefore transitioning into MMA, Hardy was a professional football star who played for the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys. He had been training in MMA for a few months when he announced on Oct. 2016 that he intended to pursue a career in the sport. Without any previous combat sports experience, Hardy embarked on an amateur career and went 3-0 before making his professional debut on June 12, 2018. He has since registered a 5-1 (1 NC) record.
Volkov has been fighting professionally since April 19, 2009, showcasing his skills in top Russian promotions, most notably M-1 Global. He also fought at Bellator, where he became the heavyweight champion by beating Richard Hale. In 2016, he returned to M-1 Global and took its heavyweight belt by defeating Denis Smoldarev. Overall, his record stands at 30-7.