UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has lifted the lid on his preparation for an anticipated light-weight title shot towards Islam Makhachev.
Volkanovski has been dominant at 145lbs, going 12-0 within the UFC in a run that has seen him win the title and retain it 4 occasions.
Actually, the only real defeat on the Australian’s 25-1 skilled document got here at welterweight in 2013, and he’s now focusing on the UFC light-weight title. Makhachev claimed the vacant gold in October, submitting Charles Oliveira to comply with within the footsteps of his childhood buddy Khabib Nurmagomedov, who now coaches his fellow Russian.
After Makhachev’s win towards Oliveira in Abu Dhabi, Volkanovski entered the ring and the pair instructed that they may conflict on the latter’s residence turf in February, because the UFC visits Perth.
Addressing his efforts so as to add weight, Volkanovski additionally mentioned a possible welterweight return. The 34-year-old advised ESPN on Friday (11 November): “There’s solely been 4 champions [in the featherweight division] and I’ve crushed each single one among them.
“The one one I haven’t fought is Conor McGregor. He ain’t combating featherweight once more… I’ll do 170lbs, I’ll do no matter. I’m bulking up. Have you ever seen what I’m consuming [to get to lightweight]? 4 thousand energy.”
Pound-for-pound No 1 Volkanovski has gained 22 fights in a row, whereas Makhachev, 31, has a professional document of 23-1 and is using an 11-fight win streak.
A bout between the pair is anticipated to happen at UFC 284, which will likely be held at Perth’s RAC Area on Saturday 11 February.