Alexander Volkov is set to headline UFC London. The Heavyweight prospect will face former champion Fabricio Werdum at the event. While UFC fighters are known to tear apart each other with verbal shots ahead of their fights, Volkov is taking a different route.
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Volkov spoke highly of Werdum and said that the Brazilian is the best Heavyweight in the UFC right now.
“Really, we’re kind of friends, but both of us have something to prove to everybody. For me, Fabricio is the best heavyweight fighter in the UFC. But I can prove something to everybody (by winning), and I’ve come to use this chance,” he said in the interview.
Cannot fight anyone outside Top 10
The Russian who is 29-6 in his professional career then revealed that he cannot fight anyone outside the Top ten at the moment as it would not help his career.
“I can’t fight someone who’s outside the top 10 because it won’t help me move up towards the belt. So I have to fight someone who’s ranked higher than me because I’m young in the UFC and young to start going towards the belt. So this fight had to happen, and that’s why I’m here.” He added.
While concluding, Volkov mentioned that he is hopeful about fighting for the Heavyweight championship at one point or the other.
“I don’t want to be like ‘Give me the belt, right now. But I hope that this fight will put me much closer to a title fight. Maybe the winner will be fighting for the belt (next). It will be a hard fight for me, for sure. I’m prepared for a hard fight. I’m prepared for a long fight, so my feeling is that I have to do a little bit more than I can in this fight. So if I show it, I will win.” Volkov noted.
UFC London will be co-main evented by Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz and will also have the likes of Tom Duquesnoy, Terrion Ware, Leon Edwards among others on the card.