Junior dos Santos faces Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 163
Junior dos Santos (pictured) faces Alexander Volkov in the headliner of UFC on ESPN+ 21 | Pic: Facebook/juniorciganooficial

UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Volkov

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Russia with UFC Fight Night 163 (UFC on ESPN+ 21) held at CSKA Arena in Moscow on November 10 (AEST). The headline-bout has been announced on Monday featuring heavyweights Junior dos Santos up against Alexander Volkov.

Brazilian mixed martial artist Junior dos Santos (21-6) is the former UFC Heavyweight champion. In his previous bout late June he suffered the first-round stoppage defeat against Francis Ngannou, which snapped his three-fight win streak. Before that “JDS” scored a pair of second-round TKOs against Derrick Lewis and Tai Tuivasa, and a unanimous decision against Blagoy Ivanov.

The representative of the country-host Alexander Volkov (30-7) returns to the Octagon for the first time since October 2018, when he was stopped in the third round by Lewis. Prior to that he won six bouts in a row, which includes fourth-round KO of Fabricio Werdum, third-round stoppage of Stefan Struve, unanimous decision against Roy Nelson, and split decision against Timothy Johnson, which marked his debut in the UFC. Earlier in his career Volkov held M-1 Global Heavyweight title earned by submission in the third round against Denis Smoldarev, including a successful defense by knockout in the first round against Attila Vegh.

The event is also expected to see a pair of light heavyweight outings featuring Klidson Abreu up against Shamil Gamzatov, and Ed Herman face off Gadzhimurad Antigulov. Other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The previous UFC event in Russia was held this past April in Saint Petersburg, where Alistair Overeem stopped Aleksei Oleinik in the first-round.

The announced to date list of bouts for UFC on ESPN+ 21 can be found below.

Heavyweight Junior dos Santos vs. Alexander Volkov
Light Heavyweight Klidson Abreu vs. Shamil Gamzatov
Light Heavyweight Ed Herman vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
Welterweight Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. David Zawada
Bantamweight Grigory Popov vs. Davey Grant
Light Heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev vs. Dalcha Lungiambula


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