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After a dominant first-round finish at UFC Las Vegas, who is next for Alexander Volkov?

March 11, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Alexander Volkov (red gloves) fights Alexander Romanov (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Virgin Hotel. Mandatory credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

This past Saturday at the co-main event of UFC Las Vegas, we saw a heavyweight show. The top contenders battled it out when “Drago” Alexander Volkov (36-10) beat Alexander Romanov (16-2). This was a huge battle for both contenders.

For Romanov, he could have easily entered UFC Las Vegas with a 0-and-1 draw. In his final bout, he faced Marcin Tibora and completely dominated Tibora in the first round. Practically everyone outside of two judges saw it as a 10-8 round. He gasped after that and lost the next two rounds.

That earned him a split decision loss, but many didn’t feel like he really lost. Alexander Volkov was coming into the bout after a very impressive first-round knockout win over Jairzinho Rosenstreik. He was looking to show that he was still one of the best heavyweight contenders in the world.

Although the two men are evenly matched on paper, this doesn’t look like a fight featuring evenly matched contenders. Volkoff walked down Romanov in the first round and hit him badly on the feet. After attempting a sloppy takedown, Volkoff reached the backstage and rained punches until he was awarded a TKO win at UFC Las Vegas.

What’s next for UFC Las Vegas?

This was just as much a win for Volkov as his last fight. Two consecutive first round finishes put him back in the heavyweight division. Volkoff is now 10-4 inside the Octagon. His losses came against Derrick Lewis, Curtis Blades, Cyril Jean and Tom Aspinall.

Not a bad competition to lose. Had he continued to defeat Lewis after dominating their fight, he probably would have taken the UFC title. However, he was out in the last twenty seconds of that moment. However, with this streak of victories, they are right back near the top of the division.

So, who should take over next? Looking at the rankings, there are two battles that jump out to me. The first will be a match against Sergei Spivak, who is on his current winning streak. Not the most engaging fight, but a logical one.

If you want something a little more fun, then maybe a match with him and Tai Toivasa makes sense. Tuivasa has lost two straight matches but is still ranked fifth in the division and always gets a lot of attention for his fights. I think a lot of people would love to see Drago take on BamBam.

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