Alexander Volkanovski is used to silencing his doubters. And the UFC featherweight champion needs to proceed doing that as he pursues champ-champ standing.
Following a profitable protection in opposition to Max Holloway at UFC 276, Volkanovski expressed curiosity in going from 145 kilos to 155 kilos for his subsequent struggle. Since he accomplished his trilogy and closed the chapter with Holloway in dominant trend, UFC president Dana White supported Volkanovski and the potential move.
Although positive he can compete with the higher echelon of the light-weight division, some have questions on how nicely Volkanovski would fare. The ‘Nice’ appears ahead to answering them when he strikes up.
“Simply when individuals wouldn’t of thought I couldn’t get higher and even degree up once more, I’m doing that,” stated Volkanovski on Fight Week on Fox. “And subsequent time I am going in, I need to do the identical and hold doing that. We’re shifting as much as light-weight. Once more, persons are going to be doubting me. I really like that. I need to be the underdog. I need individuals to [say], ‘Oh, he certainly can’t enhance and do that and do this.’ Let’s do it. I need to do it. I need to hold stunning individuals, hold proving myself and proving my price and hold doing what I’m doing. I’m going to boost the bar each time I step in there.”
Volkanovski additionally addressed the present panorama of the featherweight division. The Metropolis Kickboxing star beforehand stated that it must ‘sort itself out’ and determine who’s the brand new No. 1 contender. Josh Emmett and Yair Rodriguez have emerged as choices after their respective wins over Calvin Kattar and Brian Ortega, however it’s unclear who ought to get a championship alternative first.
With no clear No. 1 contender, Volkanovski has set his sights on a brand new problem within the meantime.
“I’m ready now the place I need to take my finest choices,” stated Volkanovski. “What’s the perfect route for me and issues like that. Clearly light-weight — I’ve been speaking about wanting to do this, and I didn’t wait till I went on the market and completed that chapter with Max to essentially name for it. I’m the kind of man I really feel prefer it must be earned. You ain’t simply going to name for issues if it’s not deserved.
“I believe I deserve it,” continued Volkanovski. “Lots of people are speaking about it and wish it, so I need to exit and tackle that problem. I do know lots of people need to see it. Proper now, there’s a variety of killers in our division. However I desire a clear No. 1 man. That’s the one drawback proper now. You’ve bought guys like Josh Emmett, Yair Rodriguez, Arnold Allen, who’s one other large man, a fantastic dude and a fantastic fighter. It’s going to be a problem when he’s there. So I wished to provide him a shout for that. However I believe the 2 guys which can be perhaps the closest are Yair and Josh Emmett.”
Volkanovski suffered a broken thumb in his struggle in opposition to Holloway and underwent surgical procedure not too long ago. The 33-year-old expects to be out of motion for 3 months however might not return to the Octagon till early 2023.