MMA

Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski earns 6th UFC win, knocks out Chad Mendes in California

Fighting out of Windang, New South Wales, Australia, Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski, 30, has earned his sixth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was one of the winners at “UFC 232,” the final bout of the promotion for 2018.

Featuring 13 mixed martial arts bouts, “UFC 232” took place at The Forum, Inglewood, California, United States on December 29, 2018. In the ninth bout of the evening, Volkanovski faced Chad “Money” Mendes, 33, of Sacramento, California, United States in the featherweight division.

Referee put a stop to the featherweight bout between Arlovski and Mendes after 4 minutes and 14 seconds in the second round. The fighter from New South Wales knocked out his opponent from California via punches.

Winning at “UFC 232” improved Arlovski’s professional MMA record to 19 wins and 1 loss and he is now riding a six-bout winning streak. On the other hand, Mendes now has 18 wins and 5 losses.

Before facing Mendes, Arlovski defeated five opponents in the UFC octagon consecutively. Yusuke Kasuya of Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan and Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada were knocked out by Arlovski while Mizuto “Pugnus” Hirota of Nakano, Tokyo, Japan, Shane “Sugar” Young  of Auckland, New Zealand and Darren “The Damage” Elkins of Portage, Indiana lost to the New South Wales native via unanimous decision.

Volkanovski was born in Shellharbour, South Coast, New South Wales on September 29, 1988 to a Macedonian father and a Greek mother. He originally competed as the front rower in the Rugby League and trained in Greco-Roman wrestling to stay fit for it.

In 2012, Volkanovski made a successful professional MMA debut with a unanimous decision victory in Sydney, New South Wales. It was followed by two technical knockout wins in Nowra, New South Wales and in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The first and still the only fighter to defeat Volkanovski in a professional MMA bout was Corey “Major” Nelson of Sydney. On May 10, 2013, the latter knocked out the Macedonian-Greek-Australian fighter via head kick and punches at “Australian FC 5.”

Here is the post-fight backstage interview with Volkanovski:

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