The featherweight champion of the world, Alexander Volkanovski made an attempt earlier this year to claim a belt at a different weight division; he fought Islam Makhachev and nearly became the double world champion. Most people still believe that Alexander Volkanosvki won that match, and it will be very interesting to see if a rematch between Makhachev and Volkankovski ever takes place.
UFC fans will witness one more featherweight title defense in exactly a month from now. Yair Rodriguez will be fighting against Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title.
Alexander Volkanovski on Oliveria vs Dariush
The reigning featherweight champion Alexander Volkankovski recently on his youtube channel spoke about the UFC 289 co-main event: Charles Oliveria vs Beneil Dariush.
He shares his thoughts on the match and predicts the outcome of the event. Very interestingly, he reveals that he still wants to fight for the lightweight belt. “This is a massive fight,” Volkanovski said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.
“We all know that Beneil deserves a shot at the title. Probably deserved it before but I had to do my thing and I still plan on doing something so you never know what’s happening there". Volkanovski further said: “My pick would be a Charles Oliveira TKO and Charles has something to prove.
He wants that title back and I think he’s gonna go out there and come swinging. So, he’s gonna really look for that finish. Beneil again, very durable, very tough, he’s hard to finish, but it could happen.
It’s gonna be a very close fight. I’m almost 50-50 on it. The odds probably favor Charles and that’s why I’m leaning to him as a pick, leaning to Beneil for the win. Tough one to call”. He shares his aspiration of being a double champion: “Let’s see what’s next for the winner because you know I still want that lightweight title,” Volkanovski said.
“It’s something that’s definitely there. It’s just the timing. Does the winner of this one quickly get a fight in then I fight the winner a little bit later? The timing still works for that. So, whatever the best timing is, you know I’m up for”.
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