Alex Volkanovski says Oliviera is "the bigger fight" for him

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Alex Volkanovski says Oliviera is "the bigger fight" for him

Featherweight champion and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters Alexander Volkanovski revealed his favorite in the upcoming lightweight title match between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev. The lightweight title is currently vacant and UFC 280 is the event where that will change - the main fight of the night will pit Oliveira against Makhachev and one of them will take the throne.

Volkanovski has already announced his transition to the lightweight division and the attack on the belt, and he revealed who he would like to do it against: “At the end of the day, I just want the belt,” Volkanovski said on The MMA Hour (h/t MMA Fighting).

“What do you think the bigger fight is? I think the bigger fight is definitely Charles Oliveira. I think he’s got so much hype on him. We know it’s going to be an exciting fight, he’s so exciting to watch.

There’s a reason he’s so exciting to watch”. “Obviously — this isn’t a shot at him, I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but I think a lot of people miss that — they miss the fact that he takes damage.

He loses a good portion of these big, exciting fights. That’s why they’re exciting. But yeah, it’s very fun. A lot of people are hyping him up, and again, I want big fights. I think Charles is definitely a bigger fight”.

Volkanovski would be happy to fight Islam

“If Islam has that title, I’ll fight Islam for that title,” Volkanovski, who is fresh off a lopsided decision victory over Max Holloway, said. “It doesn’t matter who it is, I’ll do whatever.

They both have big challenges. They both have different challenges and big challenges, and that excites me too. A nice, big challenge, because again, I love when people doubt me. I love being the underdog, and it might be awhile until I’m an underdog in my division.

But moving up, there’s going to be a lot of people that think it can’t be done, and I’m going to show them that it can”. “Obviously these are conversations you have, but it was never something that was locked in.

I’m the type of guy, I want to be busy. If it’s not now, it can be later, as well. I’ve always looked at it that way. But at the same time, it’s something that we talked about, and they know that I deserve it too.

I think we’re all on board, and we all think it’s fair, so right now we’re in a good position”. In the end, he pointed out that he would also fight against Islam if he wins the belt, but that he is rooting for Oliveira and that he thinks that at that moment it is a bigger fight for him.