After developing quick in a few bids to claims the UFC’s light-weight title final yr, Alexander Volkanovski as soon as once more returns to the 145-pound division he has dominated for a number of years subsequent week.
Reverse him within the cage in Anaheim, California would be the unbeaten, 14-0 Ilia Topuria — a younger, hungry challenger predicted by some to be the way forward for the featherweight division. However regardless of struggling these two defeat to Islam Makhachev in 2023 (one by choice, the opposite by first spherical knockout) his longtime buddy and coaching associate Israel Adesanya has stated that the MMA group will be too fast to rely somebody out, and that Volkanovski will show that subsequent weekend.
On his YouTube channel, Adesanya recounts visiting Volkanovksi within the closing days of his Topuria coaching camp in New Zealand’s famed Metropolis Kickboxing gymnasium to, as he places it, “see Volk within the residence stretch.”
“I wish to see him in his home on the house stretch, see the place his mindset’s at, see how sharp he’s and draw power from it. That’s why I’m right here,” Adesanya stated.
And it seems that he was impressed by what he noticed within the coaching room.
“Sharp, blade,” he stated of the UFC featherweight champion. “My man, he’s on. I like what he stated in one of many lead-ups. He stated, ‘How shortly they overlook,’ and I do know that feeling. How shortly they overlook, however once more, that is the place we come via. It’s time to remind them. So he’s about to do this in Anaheim.”