UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has achieved what only a select few have done in their career. He has conquered one division but believes that it is not enough. The Aussie born champion believes he has the skills to prove himself at 155 pounds as well.
Volkanovski continued, “So my goal might be the belt, it might be defending that belt, and my goal is still to defend that [featherweight] belt, but I want to be the best fighter there is.”… And to do so, I want to move up and fight [at lightweight] as well.”
Alexander ‘The Great’, first captured the featherweight gold against Max Holloway at UFC 245 in December 2019. This stunned fans, as Holloway was the favorite ahead of the fight.
Alexander Volkanovski loves the doubters
In his first title defense, Volkanovski would once again face Holloway. This time the fight would be much closer with the Australian grinding out a split decision win to retain his title. He said, “I’ve got a division that I want to take out, I want to be the best the featherweights have seen, so I want a couple of defenses here.”
Volkanovski was a relatively unknown commodity to most UFC fans until his title fight with Max Holloway. But, that never bothered him. He said, “People are going to doubt me. … I love those doubters, and it drives me more, it motivates me more, and I’ll just go out and prove them wrong.”
Brian Ortega looks to be next in line to challenge Volkanovski. ‘T-City’ put on a clinical performance to beat the Korean Zombie. With a division filled with the likes of Calvin Kattar, Zabit Magomedsharipov, and Yair Rodriguez, the Australian will have no plans to move up just yet.
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