Alexander Volkanovski Reveals Why He Stopped Training With Israel Adesanya and City Kickboxing Ahead of Brian Ortega Fight

Published 02/18/2021, 10:15 AM EST


UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is set to defend his title against Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega at UFC 260. Ahead of his second title defense, the champion is revealed he is not training with City Kickboxing academy in Auckland, New Zealand, to prepare for the bout. Instead, he is in Sydney looking to sharpen himself.

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The Aussie hasn’t competed since his controversial decision win over former champion Max Holloway at UFC 251. It was his first defense of the belt after capturing it from ‘Blessed’ at UFC 245. He will look to extend his tenure as the champion with a triumph over Ortega at UFC 260.

Yeah, you couldn’t make it over there. Because again, this side of the world, it’s obviously a, you know, there’s still a lot of restrictions as well. And they’re pretty a tight-knit, weave everything. So we try to get over there and do some behavior, but we couldn’t do so,” said Volkanovski recently in an interview.

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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)

So we’ve done the same thing as last time, we would just bring in a whole heap of Australian talent to us so we’ve got a few guys that probably gonna be fun, you know, we might have some fun on the same card,” he added.

Volkanovski used to train with the likes of Israel Adesanya, Dan Hooker, and more in New Zealand. But it looks like he has taken a different approach with a new team this term.

Can Alexander Volkanovski shut his haters up at UFC 260?

Volkanovski doesn’t get the credit he deserves despite defeating the consensus greatest featherweight of all time, Max Holloway twice. Many believe the second decision was tainted and the Hawaiian should have won instead. So, he will be fighting with an extra chip in his shoulder against ‘T-City’ to prove his authority over the division.

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Ortega on the other hand looked a rejuvenated version of himself against Chan Sung Jung upon his return to the Octagon. He seems sharper than ever. It will be interesting to see how Volkanovski handles the ‘T-City‘ puzzle.

What did you make of Volkanovski’s decision to shift his training camp? Can he be triumphant yet again at UFC 260?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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