Alexander Volkanovski will be a back-up fighter at UFC 281
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The spectacular UFC 280 event awaits us next month, led by the fight for the vacant lightweight title between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira. Also, we will watch many more interesting matches, so we have no doubt that this event will be one of the best this year.
Last weekend, UFC 279 was in trouble after Khamzat Chimaev weighed heavily the day before the match, and the UFC had to reshuffle the card by mixing up the pairings and in the end successfully saved the event.
When it comes to UFC 280, the leaders don't want to leave anything to chance, at least when it comes to the main event.
Namely, the president Dana White revealed who will be the replacement fighter in case someone is prevented from performing that night, and it is featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski! After his last title defense against Max Holloway, Volkanovski revealed that his next move is likely to move up in weight and attack the lightweight belt.
According to the opinions of many, Volkanovski no longer has anything to prove in his home category and the attack on the lightweight belt is probably the most logical move he can make at this moment. "Shakespeare could not have written this better.
And I read it to you, I read you guys the quote but on the back end of it I came and said, 'Of course he's going to get it. Who is possibly going to tell him no?' There is no other backup fighter, there is nobody asking for that spot." Chael Sonnen said.
Dana White isn't hugely keen on Volknovski being the backup fighter
"Guess what he [Dana White] said? He said, 'I have no problem with Volkanovski being the backup fighter.' Now, okay I didn't see that coming. Dana White has no problem with him being the backup fighter.
I have a real problem hearing him say that." Sonnen added. The fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev is probably the most anticipated match of the year, so it's really not expected that anything goes wrong. Especially if we consider how much is at stake, we believe that the fighters will do their part professionally.
In any case, it's nice to know that we'll be watching a spectacular match even if some unforeseen situation happens.