EXCITING HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDERS’ BOUT BETWEEN CIRYL GANE AND ALEXANDER VOLKOV IN LAS VEGAS
UFC® returns to Las Vegas with a pair of heavyweight bouts, headlined by a clash between elite strikers as No. 3 ranked contender Ciryl Gane battles No. 5 Alexander Volkov. The bout will take place Saturday, June 26 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Undefeated Gane (8-0, fighting out of Paris, France) is coming off his first successful UFC main event,
having bested fellow contender Jairzinho Rozenstruik in February. The former kickboxer immediately
turned heads upon joining the UFC roster in 2019, picking up sensational wins over former champion
Junior Dos Santos, Don’Tale Mayes and Raphael Pessoa. Gane now hopes to continue his momentum
with another high-level performance to stake his claim for a title shot.
Seasoned veteran Volkov (33-8, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) kicked off his 2021 campaign with a
spectacular TKO victory over Alistair Overeem this past February. With 22 knockout victories on his resume, Volkov has also stopped former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum, Walt Harris and Stefan
Struve in emphatic fashion. Volkov now has his sights on cementing his status as a title threat by
handing Gane his first career loss.
Additional bouts on the card include:
• Kennedy Nzechukwu (8-1, fighting out of Dallas, Texas) goes for his third consecutive win when
he faces Danilo Marques (11-2, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif. by way of Sao Paulo,
Brazil) in a light heavyweight bout
• Featherweight finishers collide as Andre Fili (21-8, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) returns to
the Octagon against Daniel Pineda (27-14, 2 NC, fighting out of Houston, Texas).
• Renato Moicano (14-4-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil) meets Jai Herbert (10-2, fighting out of
Wolverhampton, England) in an intriguing lightweight bout
• Raoni Barcelos (16-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) faces Timur Valiev (17-2 1NC, fighting
out of Toms River, N.J. by way of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia) in a battle of promising
• Unbeaten Shavkat Rakhmonov (13-0, fighting out of Kokshetau, Kazakhstan) takes on
returning Michel Prazeres (26-3, fighting out of Belem, Para, Brazil) at welterweight
• Nicolas Dalby (19-3-1 2NC, fighting out of Copenhagen, Denmark) squares off with Tim Means
(31-12-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) in a welterweight bout
• Marcin Prachnio (14-5, fighting out of Krasnodar, Russia) meets Ike Villanueva (17-11, fighting
out of Houston, Texas) at light heavyweight
• No. 15 women’s bantamweight contender Julia Avila (8-2, fighting out of Oklahoma City, Okla.)
battles Julija Stoliarenko (9-5-1, fighting out of Kaunas, Lithuania)
• Charles Rosa (13-5, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Peabody, Mass.) takes on Justin
Jaynes (16-7, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) in a featherweight bout guaranteed to deliver
• An exciting lightweight fight sees veteran Yancy Medeiros (15-7, 1 NC, fighting out of Makaha,
Hawaii) lock horns with Damir Hadzovic (13-6, fighting out of Copenhagen, Denmark)