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Alexander Volkov unsure of when he’ll return after UFC 267

Alexander Volkov, UFC 267

Alexander Volkov found himself victorious following a back-and-forth contest against Marcin Tybura at UFC 267. The Russian heavyweight is now 3-1 in his past four fights.

He’s in a tough spot as he’s lost to some of the top fighters in the division including current interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane. He will most likely find himself taking time off, especially since he had a baby recently.

“Right now, I don’t have any names because how I told in the octagon, 11 days ago, my youngest son was born,” Volkov said at a post fight news conference (via MMAFighting and transcribed by MMAJunkie). “Right now, I just want to take a little bit of rest to be with my family. After maybe a month, we’ll see what happened in heavyweight, who will be in the rankings because I lost some fights to guys upward from me. Maybe we’ll see if one of them wants to make a rematch with me. We will see but I’m ready for any challenge the UFC will give me. I’m here just to do my job.”

The losses Alexander Volkov mentioned are to the previously mentioned Gane, Derrick Lewis, and Curtis Blaydes. He could still find himself a fresh matchup against the likes of Stipe Miocic, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, or even the current champion Francis Ngannou.

The fights would be very difficult to book as they all either have fights booked or are looking at very specific matchups. Alexander Volkov could very much find himself stuck on the outside for a few months following his win at UFC 267.