Alexander Volkanovski, born on September 29, 1988, in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, is a renowned mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He holds the title of UFC Featherweight Champion and is also a former Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) Featherweight champion. Volkanovski's athletic career started in rugby league, where he played semi-professionally for the Warilla Gorillas in the Group 7 Rugby League. His impressive performance earned him the Mick Cronin Medal in 2010 and he played a key role in Warilla's 2011 Premiership winning season. However, at the age of 23, he shifted his focus to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), having been a fan of UFC events since childhood. He started training in MMA at 22 and was adept in Greco-Roman wrestling, having won national titles at the age of 12. Volkanovski transitioned to MMA from a rugby weight of 97 kg and competed in multiple amateur fights in the middleweight division before turning professional and moving down to welterweight, lightweight, and ultimately the featherweight division. Volkanovski made his UFC debut in November 2016 and has since established himself as a dominant fighter in the organization. He has won the UFC Featherweight Championship and defended it multiple times. He's known for his powerful overhand right, outstanding offensive wrestling skills, and his ability to endure and escape multiple submission attempts. He is married and also appeared as a coach in an amateur MMA reality show. Volkanovski is recognized for his Macedonian and Greek heritage, which is reflected in his nickname "The Great," in reference to Alexander the Great. In his career, Volkanovski has been awarded several honors, including Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night awards in the UFC. He's celebrated for having one of the longest win streaks in the UFC Featherweight division and holds a significant place in UFC history as the first Australian-born fighter to win a UFC championship.