Current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has expressed interest in moving up to the lightweight division.
Alexander Volkanovski won the UFC featherweight title back in December of 2019 at UFC 245. He defeated Max Holloway via unanimous decision. The pair again fought in a rematch at UFC 251 at Yas Islands in Abu Dhabi earlier this year and defeated him again in a similar manner.
He currently doesn’t have a fight fixed yet, but is actively targeting for a return next year and is likely to face former title challenger Brian Ortega next.
Alexander Volkanovski on moving up to lightweight
Speaking to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Alexander Volkanovski said that he wants to be the best fighter out there and for that, it’s essential that he moves up a weight class.
“It is, that is something that I definitely see down the line,” Volkanovski told ESPN in an interview. “But I don’t talk about it because I have jobs to do; I’ve got goals on my mind.
“But the thing that people have got to realize is that while I might have goals in front of me, they’re not my end goals. So my goal might be the belt, it might be defending that belt and my goal is still to defend that [featherweight] belt, but I want to be the best fighter there is, and that is a goal of mine. And to do so, I want to move up and fight [at lightweight] as well.
“But again, I’ve got a division that I want to take out, I want to be the best the featherweights have seen, so I want a couple of defenses here. But I definitely want to squeeze in a lightweight fight as well.” Alexander Volkanovski said. (H/T – ESPN.com)
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