Alex Volkanovski Eyes A Lightweight Bout Next

Alex Volkanovski hopes his next fight will be lightweight.

Volkanovski’s last two fights at the weight class ended in defeats to Islam Makhachev at UFC 284 and UFC 294. The UFC 294 rematch was taken in less than two weeks and ended in a second-round KO. The Australian regretted taking the fight, citing that he wanted to remain active to keep his mental health in check.

Things worsened as he lost his UFC Featherweight Belt to Ilia Topuria at UFC 298. The rematch may have to wait, as  Volkanovski expects Topuria to face Max Holloway. In his last fight, Holloway knocked out Justin Gaethje to become the BMF Champion at UFC 300, targeting Topuria. Although there is no official announcement, Volkanovski is already making plans.

“I’ve heard Ilia and Max is confirmed so I need to talk with the UFC and see what’s going on. I’d said I wanted some time off, and the UFC wanted me to take some time off, so if that fight is made I need to be okay with it. I can’t expect the UFC to wait for me. But if they are going to do Ilia and Max, I just hoped it would be earlier because I want to fight this year, I don’t want to wait.

“So if there is no title fight until next year then I need something exciting — maybe Charles Oliveira. There are others but I think Michael Chandler will keep waiting for Conor McGregor and I think Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje also want to wait a bit. There is nobody (at featherweight) that excites me, or that I haven’t fought already. And they’ve said my next one there is the title fight,” Volkanovski said 

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