Volkanovski Was Ready To Replace McGregor At UFC 303

Former UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski was ready to fill in for Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler at UFC 303.

McGregor vs. Chandler was pulled out after The Notorious suffered a broken toe. Volk has done something similar previously when he faced UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev on less than two weeks’ notice. The decision backfired as he was knocked out in round two at UFC 294.

Volkanovski later regretted the decision but justified it on the basis he wanted to remain active for his mental health. He would also get knocked out against Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 to lose his featherweight belt. While Volkanovski recognized his mistake, he was ready to do the same again.

“I did put my hand up, I said ‘Do you need a guy?’ We all heard the whispers like you guys did. He didn’t show up to the press conference, heard whispers they were looking for someone to maybe replace. So I was like, ‘Hey, if you need someone, you know a guy,’ I did put my hand up. Obviously seen that some people put that up, so it got out there. Some people think I’m mad, but I am back into training now, and I am excited to get back in there. That’s all it takes, just a little thing like that, and I put my hand up.  But, it wasn’t me. I didn’t get the call back,. The UFC were like, ‘Oh no.’ They were sitting saying, ‘You’re a savage, but we’ll let you know if we need you’ type of thing,” Volkanovski said

Diaz Reacts

Nate Diaz has defended McGregor for pulling out of UFC 303. McGregor did not get much sympathy after sharing photos of his broken toe. Islam Makhachev called him a chicken, suggesting the injury was insufficient to pull out. Meanwhile, Alex Pereira still fought Jamahal Hill at UFC 300 despite having a broken toe two weeks earlier. The Brazilian would then stop Hill in the first round. Despite the mass criticism, Diaz defended McGregor.

“I just think it’s a minor thing, I think they’re making it a bigger deal out of it than it is. “Good idea. If I got f***ed up I’d like to push the fight back too, but people would f***ing freak out. I wouldn’t want to fight until I’m 100 percent ready to rock too, because in the past, I’ve done all kinds of s*** I shouldn’t’ve done…I think he learned from experience and all these experienced people that are talking s***, that’s just speaking for their inexperience. They’re gonna have to just deal with the criticism until the fight gets done, but I think it’ll happen and it’ll all be good,” Diaz said 

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