Alexander Volkanovski Promises to Pressure and Finish Brian Ortega in Mid-Rounds

Published 02/18/2021, 11:49 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia poses on the scale during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Alexander Volkanovski, the current UFC Featherweight champion, talked to Farah Hannoun from MMA Junkie ahead of his fight against Brian Ortega for the World Featherweight championship at UFC 260.

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Hannoun asked him for his predictions for the fight, considering that he’s not a guy who makes a lot of predictions. “I won’t give too much away, but at the same time, I told you that I’m putting on a pace that no one can deal with,” Volkanovski said.

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He complimented Ortega on his mentality and fighting style. He said that the fight would be an open one and a finish might be in the store. “We know he’s got a great chin we know he’s tough, and he’s a goer, and even when he’s hurt, even when he’s tired he’s still swinging, so there’s going to be a lot of opportunities here,” he added.

Alexander Volkanovski thinks that he’ll end the fight in the middle rounds

Volkanovski went ahead with his predictions and said that his pace is going to be a key factor. “I’m gonna put on a whole another pace. The stuff I’m doing in the gym right now, no one’s going to be able to keep up, and I think I’m getting him mid-rounds,” he predicted.

He ended the interview by saying, “I’m just gonna go out there and do my thing, and I’m expecting a mid-rounds finish. That’s what I want.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Brian Ortega kicks ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 18, 2020, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC 260 is an event to look forward to, with a wonderful main event in Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou and, of course, Volkanovski’s fight against Brian Ortega.

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Ortega is on a good run of form after beating the Korean Zombie in an impressive display. While on the other hand, Volkanovski has one loss on his record. He is coming off of two wins against one of the best featherweights in UFC history in Max Holloway.

Do you think Brian Ortega has what it takes to beat Alexander Volkanovski?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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