Alexander Volkanovski: Dustin Poirier Showed Max Holloway Can Be Beat

Alexander Volkanovski is confident he can beat Max Holloway as he believes he’s a bad matchup for the featherweight champion. Unless something crazy happens, Volkanovski is ideally next in line for a shot at the 145-pound title. Despite recent wins over Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo, the Aussie was skipped over for Frankie Edgar. Edgar […]

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Alexander Volkanovski is confident he can beat Max Holloway as he believes he’s a bad matchup for the featherweight champion.

Unless something crazy happens, Volkanovski is ideally next in line for a shot at the 145-pound title. Despite recent wins over Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo, the Aussie was skipped over for Frankie Edgar. Edgar will now look to dethrone Holloway in the main event of UFC 240 which takes place July 27.

Should Holloway emerge victorious, however, he will likely defend his title against Volkanovski next. The Hawaiian is undefeated in his last 13 fights at featherweight and is yet to be challenged in the weight class. However, Volkanovski believes he presents problems for “Blessed”:

“I just still fight my fight,” Volkanovski said when asked how he’d beat Holloway on The MMA Hour. “Look, he’s a gamer, he comes forward, he does a lot of the work for me. That’s why I’m a bad matchup for him, I really do believe that.

“He’s the type of person that does come forward and he’s not the hardest hitter, he’s got a lot of volume, but again if you’re there trying to throw volume at me, you’re gonna receive some and they’re gonna be heavy and they’re gonna be powerful. Then you’ve got my wrestling to worry about, then you’ve got everything else to worry about. I’ve got many tools that he needs to worry about, so I believe it’s a very dangerous fight for him. But he’s game, he’d be keen, let’s make it happen.”

Volkanovski Knew Holloway Could Be Beat

While Holloway is undefeated at featherweight since 2013, his most recent outing was a unanimous decision defeat to Dustin Poirier in their interim lightweight title fight at UFC 236 in April. Many expected him to emerge triumphant in that fight, but the Aussie believes it’s good that people now realize he’s not unbeatable.

“I always knew that he could be beat,” Volkanovski added. “I always knew that I was a bad matchup for him. It was probably better for everyone else to realize that he’s not invincible, everyone thought he was just unstoppable, which I don’t blame them, obviously he’s looked really good, much respect to him.

“But at the same time, I knew he wasn’t invincible, that just showed and let’s be realistic, I’ve got cardio for days and I will not gas and I will be powerful the whole time, so I’m a very, very bad matchup for him I believe.”

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Alex Volkanovski On Max Holloway: ‘I Knew He Wasn’t Invincible’

Alex Volkanovski isn’t surprised that Max Holloway fell short in his bid to capture the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title. Back in April, Holloway took on Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 236. “Blessed&#8…

Alex Volkanovski isn’t surprised that Max Holloway fell short in his bid to capture the interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title. Back in April, Holloway took on Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 236. “Blessed” was game but “The Diamond” was outstriking the featherweight champion throughout the fight. In the end, Poirier […]

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The Best MMA Fights Booked for the 2nd Half of 2019

In June it becomes natural for adherents to the Gregorian calendar to observe a halfway point in the year. It is equally natural to spend this time looking forward to the second half of the year, and what it may hold in store…

In June it becomes natural for adherents to the Gregorian calendar to observe a halfway point in the year. It is equally natural to spend this time looking forward to the second half of the year, and what it may hold in store…

Max Holloway Shares Biggest Motivation for UFC 240 Defense

Max Holloway is eager to reenter the Octagon, this time right back in the role of champion that he has grown accustomed to. In his last contest, Max Holloway vied for the interim lightweight championship at UFC 236 against Dustin Poirier, only to come …

Max Holloway is eager to reenter the Octagon, this time right back in the role of champion that he has grown accustomed to. In his last contest, Max Holloway vied for the interim lightweight championship at UFC 236 against Dustin Poirier, only to come up short. But one division that he has not come up […]

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Alexander Volkanovski Ready To Step In For Holloway Or Edgar

Featherweight contender Alexander Volkanovski is ready to step in should he need to save the main event of UFC 240. Max Holloway will defend his 145-pound title against Frankie Edgar in the event’s headliner which takes place July 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Many expected Volkanovski to get the next crack at the title, especially […]

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Featherweight contender Alexander Volkanovski is ready to step in should he need to save the main event of UFC 240.

Max Holloway will defend his 145-pound title against Frankie Edgar in the event’s headliner which takes place July 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Many expected Volkanovski to get the next crack at the title, especially after he outpointed Jose Aldo at UFC 237 last month. However, he will now have to wait for the winner of Holloway vs. Edgar.

Despite initially being unhappy that he was skipped over, Volkanovski has seemingly moved on. However, he is still remaining fit so that he can step in on short notice should either competitor get injured or pull out.

“Staying fit, staying on weight and staying ready!!” Volkanovski wrote on Twitter. “I wish @BlessedMMA and @FrankieEdgar good health but I’ll be on standby to save the #UFC240 headliner if need be.”

It is not known if Volkanovski is staying on weight on his own volition, or whether the UFC have agreed to compensate him to do so.

However, the Las Vegas-based promotion would be smart to do the latter, especially given the history of the main event competitors. Holloway and Edgar were originally supposed to fight at UFC 218 in December 2017 until the latter had to pull out through injury.

They were slated to fight again a couple of months later at UFC 222, only, this time Holloway would pull out through injury. Hopefully, the third time is the charm.

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Ricardo Lamas Covets Two Possessions of Max Holloway

Ricardo Lamas will be competing tonight against Calvin Kattar tonight at UFC 238 and there is one thing Lamas would like to make very clear ahead of that contest: he is not here to play gatekeeper (Transcript via MMA Fighting): “The belt is still out t…

Ricardo Lamas will be competing tonight against Calvin Kattar tonight at UFC 238 and there is one thing Lamas would like to make very clear ahead of that contest: he is not here to play gatekeeper (Transcript via MMA Fighting): “The belt is still out there on the bucket list,” Lamas said. “What I’ve accomplished […]

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