WOW!- Alexander Volkanovski Hilariously Shares Massive Body Transformation Pics

Published 02/10/2021, 2:00 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Alexander Volkanovski is one of the best fighters in the UFC today. ‘The Great’ has found his home in the UFC’s featherweight division, where he beat Max Holloway twice to cement himself as the champion of the division. He is looking ahead to his second title defense, which will be coming against Brian Ortega.

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However, it is still mind-boggling that Volkanovski is fighting at featherweight. While nothing about his body suggests that he would have a hard time making the weight, there is a complicated history between the fighter and his weight.

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Alexander Volkanovski stands at just about 5’6 inches tall, so he is short even by featherweight standards. However, he once weighed well over 220 pounds as a professional rugby player in Australia. Later, he cut down to 145 for the sake of his career. He is well-aware of the weight he left, making a funny joke on his IG story while talking about it.

Alexander Volkanovski: No weight struggle can stop him?

Even though Volkanovski has settled at 145 pounds, the weight cut must be hard each time. Maybe not as hard as when he started his MMA career, but challenging always. His low stature with tremendous power gives him an advantage akin to what Daniel Cormier had at heavyweight despite being small for the division.

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While Volkanovski is obviously exaggerating the weight issues to be funny on Instagram, it should be noted that he has had to make a big change in his life to have a successful UFC career. There have been rumblings about him moving down to take on someone like Henry Cejudo at bantamweight. However, we will have to wait and see if that is possible.

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Volkanovski has become a dangerous talent in the UFC despite his size, and not because of his size. He could very well compete at lightweight, but he will give up more size if he goes up divisions. However, if Frankie Edgar could be UFC lightweight champion, ‘The Great’ could do it too. For now though, he has challenges at 145 pounds to deal with first.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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