“Let’s see how well-rounded it is” – P4P #1 Alexander Volkanovski puts Islam Makhachev on notice before their MEGA FIGHT
Alexander Volkanovski talked to the press about his fight against Islam Makhachev
UFC Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is in the prime of his fighting career. He currently holds the longest active winning streak in the UFC at 12 fights. In those 12 fights, he has beaten former champions like Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, earning him an impressive resume.
At UFC 280, after Islam’s demolition of Charles Oliveira, Alexander “The Great” entered the octagon. He stood to face to face with the new champ. And now, their fight though not finalized, is rumored to happen at UFC 284, emanating from Perth, Australia. At the UFC 281 media day, Volkanovski answered the journalist’s questions about this fight, his preparation for it, and his game plan.
Talking about his rival, Volkanovski said, “He’s gonna have to worry about a lot more other things. Let’s see how well-rounded it is, cause it’s gonna be up on the feet. And he’s gonna have to deal with my footwork, my looks, cause this little guy looks very big once he starts puzzling you in there.”
As the pound-for-pound number 1 fighter, Volkanovski has every right to be confident. However, Islam Makhachev is not an opponent that should ever be taken lightly. With many concerned that he is too small for the division, he is following an insane diet to bulk up for the fight. This fight between champions is almost certainly a guaranteed hit.
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During his post-fight interview, Islam Makhachev was asked by his friend, Daniel Cormier about Volkanovski. As Alexander “The Great” looked on from the crowd, Makhachev, called him out to the octagon saying, “I didn’t see this short guy, bring him here.” And just like that, Volkanovski leaped over the barricade and joined DC and Islam inside the octagon.
When DC asked him about a potential fight against Makhachev in Australia, here’s what Volk said, “Let’s do it. The lightweight on the line, pound for pound number one on the line. Let’s do it.” The men then shook hands in a show of respect from one champion to another.
Volkanovski isn’t wrong about the stakes of the fight. As one of the most dominant fighters in the UFC, Islam Makhachev certainly does belong near the top of the pound-for-pound list. And with the lightweight championship on the line against the P4P #1 fighter, whoever wins this fight will become the P4P #1 as well as the holder of the longest active winning streak in the UFC.