“Bigger fights” Alexander Volkanovski wants to be a sensational double champ with multiple defenses
Volk has said he's comfortable facing both Oliveira and Makhachev
Alexander Volkanovski has cemented his claim to be the #1 Pound for Pound fighter in the entire sport. The Aussie who is fresh off from putting a definite conclusion to his trilogy against Max Holloway already has bigger plans and doesn’t mind if an interim title gets in the way.
After his most recent victory, Alexander Volkanovski alluded that he wanted to be among the coveted, double champ, group and set his aim for the lightweight belt. While the lightweight picture will finally be sorted in September, as Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira go head to head in Abu Dhabi, Volk expects to be challenging the winner of the fight, in an early 2023 Australia card.
Talking to Ariel Helwani today, Volk revealed his ambitious plans to become one of the most active champions in history. He also alluded that he doesn’t mind if the UFC put up an interim featherweight title on the line as Dana suggested after UFC Long Island.
Alexander Volkanovski in favor of interim belt
Addressing the rumored interim belt head-on, Volk said, “To be honest, I don’t mind the idea while I’m sitting here, I know a lot of people will be going wild cause it looks like I can’t defend the belt while I’m trying to capture that lightweight belt. ” Volk suggested that both Emmett and Rodriguez deserve the title shot. “Let them fight for that number 1 contender if it’s for the interim belt, sweet. ” said the champion about the top contenders in his division.
“I’m not kidding when I say I wanna be active, and you know they can go do that (fight for the interim belt) while I go and do my thing” said Volk about his true feelings for an interim fight. “Look in a perfect world for me, lightweight title, early next year, and then if they do this interim thing, it will make for a bigger fight anyways so I don’t mind, “ said Volkanowski about how having two champions in a fight is always better than just one for selling the event.
Currently, Volkanowski is recovering from a broken hand he suffered during his most recent fight against Max Holoway. He has also gone on to say that he will be ready whenever a clear champion emerges at lightweight, be it Charles Oliveira or Islam Makhachev. Volkanowski’s coach, Eugene Bareman has said in the past that while their camp doesn’t mind either fight, Oliveira would be the preferable one among the two simply because it would be a more engaging fight.