Alexander Volkov Remains In UFC London Headliner Despite VISA Worries

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 15, 2022
    UFC London

    UFC heavyweight contender, Alexander Volkov still remains in the official UFC London headliner on Saturday against Tom Aspinall – appearing in London yesterday for the beginning of fight week ahead of this weekend’s event.

    The participation of Volkov, a native of Moscow, Russia in this weekend’s UFC London main event against Aspinall was cast into doubt amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s, Russia – which has resulted in multiple sanctions imposed by other countries against Russia and sports participants representing the nation amid the ongoing war.

    Prior to fight week, speculation began to mount that Volkov would be denied a VISA to enter the U.K. and compete at The O2 Arena card against Aspinall, with a member of the United Kingdom parliament confirming that “the U.K. will not welcome the national sports teams of those countries who are complicit in Putin’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine.”

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    Whilst Volkov does not represent a national team, he still dons the Russian flag and colors on his fight kit and on the broadcast, the Moscow native is accompanied by a Russian flag graphic.

    However, the official Twitter account, UFC Europe posted pictures of Volkov, promotional debutante, Mohammed Mokaev, as well as co-main event feature, Auckland native, Dan Hooker singing the official UFC London poster at the fighter hotel.

    In his most recent outing, Volkov managed to successfully defeat fellow former M-1 Global heavyweight champion, Poland native, Marcin Tybura with a unanimous decision victory at UFC 267 last October on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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    For event headliner, Aspinall, the Atherton native has so far embarked on a four-fight undefeated run in the UFC since his transition from Cage Warriors back in July 2020 – most recently stopping recent UFC 272 victor, Sergey Spivak with a one-sided first round knockout at UFC Vegas 36 in September as part of a large U.K. contingent.