Alexander Volkanovski is making headlines as the UFC Featherweight champion. He has been on an impressive run in the UFC and recently secured a win over Max Holloway as well. However, before he embarked on his mixed martial arts journey, Volkanovski was a rugby player.
Volkanovski was a semi-professional rugby league player for the Warilla Gorillas in the South Coast Rugby League, where he won the Mick Cronin Medal as the league's best player in 2010.
He also played an important role in Warilla's Premiership-winning season in 2011 and was named Man of the Match in his team's Grand Final victory over Gerringong.
In the latter half of 2011, Volkanovski decided to leave rugby league at the age of 23 to pursue a professional career in Mixed Martial Arts.
He claims to have been a fan of Ultimate Fighting Championship events since he was a child, frequently renting UFC VHS tapes from Blockbuster and purchasing UFC pay-per-views from the age of 14.
He started training in MMA during the Rugby Off-season to remain fit. He quickly realized, however, that he had a passion for the sport and wanted to go as far as he could.
Volkanovski quickly established himself as a strong counter-attacker with a powerful overhand right, as well as a fantastic offensive wrestler. Before turning professional and moving down to welterweight, lightweight, and finally featherweight, he competed in multiple amateur fights in the middleweight division as he adjusted from his rugby weight.
Now, a video of him performing a huge slam in between a rugby match has surfaced on the internet. You can see the video below. What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.
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