The bout was announced during the 5/29 edition of UFC Live, as the encounter was originally set to headline UFC Fight Night Saskatoon.
Blaydes (13-2-0-1NC) enters the bout riding a three fight winning streak, defeating the trio of Justin Willis, Shamil Abdurakhimov and Junior Dos Santos. Blaydes has previously headlined two UFC cards and he holds a 1-1-0 record in those two previous encounters. Blaydes has suffered two losses as a professional MMA fighter and both of them came against Francis Ngannou.
Volkov (31-7-0) has won five of six under the UFC banner, with notable wins coming over Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve and Fabricio Werdum. Volkov has also previously headlined two UFC cards and the fighter is undefeated when competing as a headliner in the promotion. Volkov has picked up thirty one wins as a professional MMA fighter and twenty of them came by way of KO/TKO.
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov takes place on Saturday, June 20 from a location to be announced with Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, while broadcast plans have yet to be announced.