Alexander Volkanovski on Conor McGregor's Title Shot with Chandler Win
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As the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) prepares for its 284th event this weekend, the featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is set to challenge for his second title in an attempt to secure a prestigious double champion status.
However, the road to victory will not be easy as he faces a formidable opponent in Islam Makhachev.
Alexander Volkanovski vs Islam Makhachev: A Battle for the Ages
At UFC 284 media day, Volkanovski expressed his excitement for the upcoming match, stating: "I think it’s clever for both of them.
It’s going to be entertaining”. The champion also expressed his admiration for the level of skill both fighters bring to the octagon, “You’ve got to remember, [Makhachev] is always taking on the good guys as well, the good fighters, so he’s always stepping up and taking on dangerous fighters."
Conor McGregor's Impending Return
Last week, the UFC announced the return of fan-favorite Conor McGregor, who will serve as a coach in the new season of "TUF" against Michael Chandler.
The news was met with excitement from Islam Makhachev and, as it turns out, even Volkanovski has no objections to a potential fight with McGregor. Volkanovski stated: “Obviously, it’s always good to have Conor coming back to the sport.
He’s brings a lot of eyes. That will be a fun fight as well…It’s Conor McGregor, and if he takes out someone like Chandler, you know his name is going to be mentioned. You know people are going to be talking about him." The featherweight champion also spoke about the significance of McGregor's return, saying: “It’s interesting…It’s good to look at because I plan on taking that lightweight belt and I’m looking at seeing what’s happening in the division…There’s a lot of potential matchups after this one, but obviously, first I’ve got to worry about what’s in front of me."
The Prospect of a Fight with McGregor
It's no secret that the return of Conor McGregor brings with it a significant amount of excitement and the prospect of big-money fights.
If McGregor does manage to defeat Michael Chandler, the likelihood of him challenging for the lightweight title is high. As Volkanovski puts it: "When you pull in those types of numbers — and you’ve got to remember, he is always taking on the good guys as well, the good fighters, so he’s always stepping up and taking on dangerous fighters…It’s Conor McGregor, and if he takes out someone like Chandler, you know his name is going to be mentioned.
You know people are going to be talking about him." The upcoming UFC 284 event promises to be a thrilling affair with a potential double champion in the making and the return of one of the sport's biggest names. Fans are in for a treat, and there is no doubt that the octagon will be the place to be this weekend.