“Putting on size” – Alexander Volkanovski reveals HOW MANY calories he is consuming every day in order to challenge lightweight champion Islam Makhachev
Alexander Volkanovski (L), Islam Makhachev (R)
Alexander Volkanovski is the pound-for-pound number one fighter in the UFC – and for good reason as well. Outside of Jiri Prochazka, he is the only fighter on the pound-for-pound top 10 to not have lost a single fight in the UFC.
With such a dominant streak at featherweight, Volkanovski deserves to get the resultant perks as well. His last win came against future hall of famer Max Holloway, who he has now beaten thrice. If the first or second fights’ results were in question, he left no doubt in the third iteration – dominating Holloway to a 50-45 decision victory.
Now, the UFC has confirmed that his next fight will be a move up to lightweight, where he will contend with newly minted lightweight champion Islam Makhachev for the belt. However, to get to that milestone, he must also bulk up to 155 pounds. And, he has been doing just that, which he talked about in a recent interview.
He said, “Putting on size and all that. I didn’t have time to do that before…. I couldn’t do that for the backup. Now I can, I’ve got the dietician on board, that’s what I mean about taking things to a whole another level…I’m eating 4000 calories per day, which is hard.”
Alexander Volkanovski can’t hide his enthusiasm for the potential match-up against Islam Makhachev
Islam Makhachev has himself invited Alexander Volkanovski to be his next fight and first title defence. This took place in Abu Dhabi, shortly after Makhachev’s win over Charles Oliveira, when the Russian invited the Australian featherweight into the cage for a preliminary face-off.
Speaking about being enthused for the impending fight, Volkanovski said, “Once I stepped foot into the cage and had the face-off, I was that fired up, got home, ‘Let’s get to work’, got off the plane…. Went straight to the gym. That’s just how I am.”
Clearly, the pound-for-pound king is looking to welcome Makhachev to his home turf – UFC 284, the proposed location for the fight will be held in Perth, Australia. The UFC always gets a mammoth reception down under – arriving in Australia three and a half years later, fans should expect a gigantic event.
In Makhachev, Volkanovski should expect the hardest test of his career – the Russian recently stunned the world to completely dominate and submit Charles Oliveira within 10 minutes. However, as we have seen, “The Great” is no slouch either – whatever be the case, fans are definitely in for a treat.