Top-ranked Bellator featherweight Iony Razafiarison battles undefeated Helena Kolesnyk on May 20th


Bellator featherweight Iony Razafiarison returns to action on May 20th, she has been given permission by the organization to compete at Superior FC 17 against undefeated prospect Helena Kolesnyk. The pair will meet at a catchweight of 140-pounds.

Razafiarison (2-1-0, 1 NC) is coming off the biggest victory of her professional career, after taking out Sinead Kavanagh back in February at Bellator 173. The victory over the highly touted and formerly undefeated prospect put her at number thirteen in the featherweight world rankings. The 32-year-old who resides out of Paris, France and trains out of Quoniam Gym is hoping to display another impressive performance in May, and make a statement by taking out another undefeated contender.

Kolesnyk (4-0-0, 1 NC) has looked phenomenal in her professional mixed martial arts career so far. The 27-year-old who was born in Ukraine and now fighting out of Russia has finished three of her victories inside the first round by way of strikes, as well as a round two submission victory by way of a standing neck crank. It should be noted however that three of her career victories come to women who have not yet had a win, whilst the fourth comes to a woman who is 1-6-0 as a pro. Kolesnyk believes she has what it takes to become the face of the featherweight division, and she will definitely be looking to prove it on May 20th against a top-ranked Bellator star. A victory for Kolesnyk would no doubt send her into the top fifteen, as well as putting herself on Bellator MMA’s radar.

Iony Razafiarison takes on Helena Kolesnyk on May 20th at Superior FC 17. The event takes place from the Arena Kreis Düren in Düren, Germany. Broadcast details will be revealed nearer the date.

Source: Top-ranked Bellator featherweight Iony Razafiarison battles undefeated Helena Kolesnyk on May 20th


Great training at Black House before UFC Fight Night on April 15, 2017.


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Congrats to our fighter Vladimir Kanunnikov, the winner of Grand Prix Final of ProFC 2017!



‘I grew up watching his fights’ – Alexander Volkov on fighting Roy Nelson in April. Russia Today Sport.

After it was revealed that UFC veteran Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson will face Russian newcomer Alexander Volkov in Kansas City on April 15, RT Sport spoke to the latter about his thoughts and plans for the upcoming fight.

Despite being a newcomer to the UFC – with just one victory over Timothy Johnson last November – the 6ft 7in Russian, who began his career in mixed martial arts eight years ago, has racked up 33 (27-6) professional fights, including seven bouts and a championship belt in Bellator.

He lost the belt to a fellow Russian, the undefeated Vitaly Minakov (19-0), in November 2013, suffering the only knockout of his career in the process.

Now, 28-year-old Volkov – nicknamed 'Drago' after his resemblance to the Rocky character – says he is ready to test himself against the best fighters in the UFC heavyweight division.

RT: You are fighting Roy Nelson in April, what do you expect from that fight?

Alexander Volkov: He’s a good, experienced opponent. I’d say it’s the biggest challenge of my career so far. He’s a veteran with a big name and one of the fighters I looked up to growing up, he’s a solid opponent. However, I feel that I’m ready to face serious opponents and win, that’s why I’m preparing to the best of my ability. Nelson has a fan base in Russia, a lot of my friends follow him and I always liked him too. MMA fans like him and it’s because of him that our fight will attract attention, but if the fans want to root for me, I certainly wouldn’t mind (laughs).

RT: When did find out you would fight him?

Alexander Volkov: I actually signed the contract a couple of months ago, so I already knew the name of my opponent and have been preparing for him since then. It wasn’t really a surprise for me when it was announced officially.

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How is training going for the bout?

Alexander Volkov: The first part of my camp took place in Thailand. Now I’m training here in Moscow. The next and final stage will be acclimatizing in America.

What do you see as your key to victory in that fight?

Alexander Volkov: One of my keys could be my height and I’ll use it to my advantage when striking. Striking is my style after all, and I’ll look for a stand-up fight. But I’ll be ready for everything, as I always am.

How would you rate your chances in the UFC heavyweight division?

Alexander Volkov: There are some really good fighters in there, they’re all at the top of the rankings, while there’s also some new blood looking to make some noise. I’d single out Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis. But they’ve had more fights than me, this will be only my second fight in the UFC. They are rivaling the top fighters, I think I’ll do that too (laughs).

Just before the Arlovski-Ngannou fight, you said you might fight the winner next – why did that not materialize?

Alexander Volkov: There were talks with the UFC about a possible fight with the winner of Arlovski-Ngannou but after the fight, Ngannou decided to take a break and now he has different ambitions. He wants to fight for the title. So with me being ranked 11 it’s hard to talk about that fight. But I think we’ll fight later anyway. We are both strikers and despite being newcomers we’re going up in the rankings. In a year or two we’ll meet.

Tell us a little bit about your fighting background

Alexander Volkov: I started my career in karate. Then I tried MMA, I liked it and went pro. But yes, I have a karate style.

When did people start calling you Drago?

Alexander Volkov: I got that nickname when I went to United States for the first time. I had to pick one so the American audience would remember by that name. I was offered a couple of options. I can’t say that I was enthusiastic about picking one, but Drago seemed right, so I kept it.



Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson

Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson scheduled for UFC on Fox show on April 15, 2017. Volkov (27-6, 1-0 UFC) made his UFC debut in November 2016 defeating Timothy Johnson by split decision. The bout between Nelson (22-13; 9-9 UFC) and Volkov will take place on the undercard for the event in Kansas City, USA.



Our training sessions gather speed!

TEAM STRELA fighters and our friends are preparing for UFC, ACB, ProFc and other events in March and April 2017. The sky is the limit!



Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson

Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson scheduled for UFC on Fox show on April 15, 2017. Volkov (27-6, 1-0 UFC) made his UFC debut in November 2016 defeating Timothy Johnson by split decision. The bout between Nelson (22-13; 9-9 UFC) and Volkov will take place on the undercard for the event in Kansas City, USA.



Helena Kolesnyk vs. Iony Razafiarison

We are pleased to announce that our fighter Helena Kolesnyk (4-0-0) has a bout vs. Iony Razafiarison (2-1-1) set for Superior Fighting Championship 17, Germany, on May 20.



Sherdog. Opinion

Sherdog. Opinion: "there’s actually some light at the end of the tunnel in the rapidly-aging division, as Derrick ''The Black Beast'' Lewis, Francis N'Gannou, and former Bellator MMA champion Alex Volkov"

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What the hell did I watch Saturday?

I’m honestly not sure if, even by Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight standards, Derrick Lewis is actually good. He has skills, and he may just be incredibly worn out from his schedule in the last two years, but I just watched him beat someone in Travis Browne who is, in many ways, the better fighter, and I’m not even sure how he did it.

Browne looked the best he has in years, quickly hurting Lewis with body kicks before...not really doing anything? He was right not to rush in against Lewis, but he just kind of...stopped fighting with any kind of plan, which was always the story with him. Even with Lewis constantly clutching his abdomen in a fashion that resembled a child who ate too much ice cream more than a hurt prize fighter, Browne didn’t look to finish with kicks the way he did against Alistair Overeem.

Wait, that guy who lost to Lewis beat Overeem and Josh Barnett? And now this happened, a year after he basically cheated to beat Matt Mitrione, when he started to lose the fight? And Lewis is now ranked ahead of an expert striker like Mark Hunt because he actually has the higher-ranked signature win? What the hell is going on?

Heavyweight is, confusingly, simultaneously the best and worst that it’s been in a long time. In the positive column, there’s a decent amount of parity, to the point that Junior dos Santos getting a title shot with no win streak hasn’t elicited the kind of complaints that his and Cain Velasquez’s previous title shots under similar circumstances did. Plus, that his shot at Stipe Miocic is a rematch of possibly the best headliner in the entire run of “UFC on Fox” cards certainly helps. The champion, Miocic, is incredibly likable and marketable, plus he has spectacular fights, and might have the stylistic attributes to be the first UFC heavyweight champion with three consecutive successful title defenses. Ben Rothwell, while often sidelined by injuries, has put things together to the point that he’s in the mix at the top of the division, and he’s coming off the most impressive submission in all of MMA in 2016. Plus, finally, there’s actually some light at the end of the tunnel in the rapidly-aging division, as Lewis, Francis Ngannou, and former Bellator MMA champion Alexander Volkov all have legitimate spots in the rankings.

On the other hand, this is a division where Aleksei Oleinik and Timothy Johnson, who are both very much career journeymen, are ranked, and they absolutely deserve it. Nothing against them: they’re skilled fighters, often fun to watch, and seem like swell guys to hang out with. But they’re also the types of fighters who would not be ranked in just about any other division. Oleinik just won a fight by submission while he was mounted, for crying out loud.

Even if you set aside the depth issues, there’s a more immediate problem: The UFC brass, both former and current, clearly has no idea how to leverage the most marketable fighters in the division. This is a problem in every division, but it’s especially pronounced at heavyweight.

Let’s look at the champion, Miocic. He has exciting fights, with his last tepid performance being against Gabriel Gonzaga over three years ago. When Miocic is not in camp for a fight, he’s still working as a firefighter as often as possible even though he no longer needs to. On Twitter, he’s a quick-witted, underrated follow, although not nearly as funny as Lewis. And when he won the title, it was a gigantic event in his hometown of Cleveland.

The UFC didn’t drum up any additional publicity for Miocic’s victory celebration in Cleveland. There’s been no effort to promote his personality, or, outside of token shots on “Countdown” shows, the fact that he goes out of his way to save people’s lives even though he’s a full time fighter now. And in spite of being in at least two of the best heavyweight fights in UFC history with Dos Santos and Overeem, those fights haven’t been pushed as such, which is puzzling when the former came a year after the incumbent “best heavyweight fight” was tarnished by a doping test failure. If you were going to use the mythical lab to build a marketable heavyweight, he’d look something like Miocic.

That said, this is heavyweight. Maybe they’re just worried that if they invest too much time in Miocic, he’ll get knocked out before long by that guy who won the other night. You know, the one who used the post-fight interview to talk about Ronda Rousey, domestic violence allegations against his opponent and his need to poop.

Source: Best and Worst of UFC’s Heavyweight Division


ACB 55 on March 24!

ACB 55: Sharaf Davlatmurodov “Wolfhound” (Strela Team) vs. Mukhamed Berkhamov, Sergey Khandozhko “Honda” (Strela Team) vs Stanislav Vlasenko. Have our fingers crossed on March 24!



Russian MMA club Strela Promotion and American Black Нouse MMA launch a joint promotion campaign. Strela Promotion is going to represent Black Нouse fighters in Russian mixed martial arts organizations and leagues and Black House is going to help Strela to promote fighters in American fighting promotion companies.

Both clubs are also planning to arrange different joint activities, regular training and seasonal camps in USA and Russia. The training for international events promises to be more efficient now due to professional opportunities for sportsmen and additional benefits such as availability of camps to stay prior the tournaments or better conditions to carry out acclimatization.

Jorge Guimaraes, Black House founder stated, “We have always enjoyed training with Strela fighters. They’ve always been highly skilled and some of the most professional people we’ve worked with. We look forward to working with them in this capacity and expect great things!”

“We were always friends with Black House team for years now.” said Ivan Bannikov, co-founder of Strela Promotion. “Our fighters have trained at Black House gym a lot. By now our partnership has reached another level, and we are so happy about it. Managers and trainers who work at Black House are living legends. This is an honor for us to work with them.”

“By the end of the summer we are planning to discuss the candidates for new events with Russian promotions. I am sure that the fighters recommended by Black House will show great results. We are also aware that joint training is a rewarding professional experience for our fighters and trainers. The first Master Class for our team will be held by Black House wrestling coach Kenny Johnson in September”.

About Black House MMA: MMA club and gym located in Los Angeles (USA). Founded by Carlos "Carlão" Barreto, Jorge Guimaraes and Rogerio Camoes. Provides a place for training for world level champions, such as Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Junior dos Santos and many other legendary fighters.

About Strela Promotion: one of the leading MMA club in Russia, founded by Taras Kiyashko and Ivan Bannikov. The list of the fighters, whose professional career is promoted by Strela Promotion, includes the following champions: Alexander Volkov, Mikhail Zayats, Alexey Efremov, Giga Kukhalashvili and others.


M-1 Challenge 68, St. Petersburg

Interview with Alexander Volkov after the fight, M-1 Challenge 68


M-1 Challenge 68, St. Petersburg

Alexander Drago Volkov, the TEAM STRELA fighter, fought successfully his first bout last night in St Petersburg to defend his title of the M-1 heavyweight champion at the M-1 Challenge 68 show.

Alexander Volkov knocked out his rival Attila Vegh in the first round. Our congratulations to him !


M-1 Challenge 68, St. Petersburg

The weigh-in ceremony was held yesterday on the eve of the M-1 Challenge 68 tournament.

Alexander Volkov (Strela Promotion) will fight an M-1 Challenge champion title bout against Attila Vegh (MMA Spirit).


M-1 Challenge 68, St. Petersburg

M-1 Challenge heavyweight-champion title bout.

Alexander Volkov will fight his first bout to defend his M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion title in St Petersburg on June 16. Attila Vegh (Slovakia) will be his rival in this duel.


Grand Prix Akhmat-2016, Groznyi

Alexey Efremov from Strela Team defeated Xavier Foupa-Pokam via TKO – Round 1
We congratulate athlete!


TECH-KREP FC: «N.N. Champions», Nizhny Novgorod

We congratulate our fighters!

Arsen Batirov from Strela Team defeated Vugar Abdullaev – Round 1

Giga Kukhalashvili from Strela Team defeated Taygib Djavathanov - Round 1


TECH-KREP FC: N.N. Champions, Nagorny Palace of Sports, 7:00 p.m. in Nizhny Novgorod

Two TEAM STRELA fighters will be boxing as early as today, under the international TECH-KREP FC: N.N. Champions fighting tournament:
Giga Kukhalashvilli vs Taigib Dzhavathanov

Arsen Batyrov vs Vugar Abdullayev

The bout will take place in the Nagorny Palace of Sports at 7:00 p.m. in Nizhny Novgorod.


OFS-8 Day of Victories, Luzhniki, city of Moscow

On May 8, a mixed-martial-arts OFS-8 Day of Victories tournament will be held in Luzhniki, Moscow.
One of the main card bouts will pit Maxim Katkov, the real Russian warrior (Team Strela), against the Afghan fighter Baz Mohammad Mubariz.
Both belong to lightweight category and have already met earlier at the OFS tournaments.


Grand Prix Akhmat-2016, Groznyi

The 18th international tournament Grand Prix Akhmat-2016 in mixed martial arts took place at the Sports Hall Coliseum in the city of Grozny, Russia, on the 9th of April.
The second edition of the Akhmat MMA Grand Prix attracted leading fighters from Russia and other countries, such as Brazil, USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Croatia, Poland, France, Greece, Cyprus, UK and Ukraine.
Alexey Efremov from Strela Team (MMA Division) defeated Sergio Souza via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:53.
We congratulate athlete!


Luzhniki 19:00, Moscow

A new fight is coming!
Georgi Kekelia VS Samir Abdullaev



Maxim Katkov won the tournament KUMITE FIGHT.
We congratulate athlete!


KUMITE FIGHT 18:00, Moscow , 1 Brestskaya , 2 bld. 3

ММА. 5х2. 70 кg. Katkov Maxim vs Burov Nikita
MMA. 5х2. 75 кg. Konotopov Artyom vs Krahotkin Timo
We invite everyone to cheer!


M-1 Challenge 64

A new fight is coming!
Alexandr Volokov won in the third round by submission.
We congratulate athlete!


M-1 Challenge 64

A new fight is coming!
M-1 Challenge 64, Moscow
Alexandr Volokov VS Denis Smoldarev


A new fight is coming! Tech-KREP FC: BATTLE IN SIBERIA, Novosibirsk

Rostislav Bychenkov VS Alexandr Borodin

Farahdin Shamshidinov VS Alexey Kolsanov

Vladimir Daineko VS Levan Persaev


Masterclass by Alexander Volkov from "TEAM STRELA"


FIGHT NIGHTS "Fight 20" Luzhniki, Moscow

Aleksey Efremov won in the second round by TKO.
Our congratulations!


Club seminars

November 14th, "Global Fight Gym"
17.30 - 20.00, topic "Choking"

November 22, "Wild Athletik"
13.00 - 16.00, topic "Back mount"



Aleksey Efremov won in the first round by TKO.
Our congratulations!



Training camps in grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Location: Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude.
Time: October 31st - November 8th.



Big summer camp in grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the Altai Mountains 2016!
Organizers: TEAM STRELA and PRIDE TEAM (Novosibirsk)
with the participation of FIGHTWEAR.RU


BJJ-party-3, Moscow

TEAM STRELA — 1-team place!
1st place - Pavel Zakharov
1st place - Fatima Dudieva
1st place - Vasiliy Barbashov ( abs )
1st place - Egor Khomyakov
1st place - Nikita Kuznetsovа
2nd place - Vitaliy Sergeev
2nd place - Fedor Skilov
2nd place - Vladimir Mishura
2nd place - Ivan Pharaphonov
2nd place - Vyacheslav Kashuba
3rd place - Ruslan Velikanov
3rd place - Vasiliy Barbashov (weight)
3rd place - Renata Sirchenko
3rd place - Artem Kurmaev
3rd place - Valeriy Khudiev
We congratulate athletes and coaches!


Happy birthday to you!

Today, 24 October Aleksandr Volkov, our team athlete, has his birthday!
Our congratulations!