The UFC has confirmed reports that heavyweights Roy Nelson and Alexander Volkov have been added to UFC on Fox 24. The event takes place April 15 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
Nelson joined the UFC by winning the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” In the finale, he scored a first-round knockout over Brendan Schaub. During his UFC career, he has scored a variety of signature wins including victories over Cheick Kongo, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, former Elite XC champion Antonio Silva and former Pride FC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
In 2007, Nelson defeated Antoine Jaoude to become the inaugural International Fight League heavyweight champion. He defended the belt twice against Fabiano Scherner and Brad Imes before the promotion closed.
Volkov made his UFC debut last year after an extensive career that included stints in M-1 and Bellator. In his promotional debut, he took a split-decision win over Timothy Johnson at UFC Fight Night 99.
In 2012, Volkov won the vacant Bellator heavyweight championship by winning an eight-man tournament. He defeated Brett Rogers and Vinicius Queiroz to reach the finals and then bested Richard Hale for the belt. Volkov then dropped the title to Vitaly Minakov the following year. In 2014, he won another Bellator tournament, but he never received another title shot.
In the main event of UFC on Fox 24, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will put his title on the line against former Elite XC bantamweight champion Wilson Reis.