Alexander Volkanovski’s Coach Reveals the Strategies Used by the Champion Before UFC 266

Published 09/28/2021, 1:13 AM EDT
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 and Brian Ortega clashed inside the octagon for the featherweight gold at UFC 266 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both the fighters put on an amazing fight at the event. The MMA fans loved the fight, and many considered it as one of the greatest featherweight titles bouts in the promotion’s history.

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It was a close fight. However, the third round of the contest brought the fans to their feet. The title challenger caught the featherweight champion in two back-to-back submissions. However, ‘The Great’ impressively spilled out of both submissions. This was the most talked-about moment in the fight.

Recently in an interview with Submission Radio, Volkanovski’s coach broke down the fight, revealing that ‘The Great’ was already prepared for Ortega’s submissions. He said, “I know absolutely… Like Craig Jones and Volk have been working on all of Ortega’s submissions. They’ve been working the escapes like yeah, just around the clock.”

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He added, “So I wasn’t too panicked until it got a part of the way in and I could see the distress on Volk’s face and then at that point I knew oh this is troublesome this is turned from the coaches being pretty relaxed about it to something very very serious and Volk did allude to us after that. Oh, he was close.”

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In the five-round long battle, both the featherweight fighters had their moments. However, Volkanovski did enough to defend his UFC featherweight gold against Ortega via unanimous decision. Now, after defeating almost every fighter on the roster, Volkanovski awaits his next viable opponent.

What is next for the UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski?

The 23-1 record holder, Alexander Volkanovski, is one of the greatest featherweight fighters in the promotion’s history. He is undefeated in his UFC career and has two title defenses under his name.

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After his recent fight, he called out Max Holloway, a man against whom he has 2 wins, for a trilogy bout.

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)

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However, the promotion has set up a featherweight bout between Holloway and Yair Rodriguez. Hence, the featherweight champion will have to wait for the result of the fight. Even though the victor isn’t guaranteed a title shot next, the title fight seems like the most logical outcome for the winner.

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Do you want to see a trilogy fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway? Let us know in the comments.

ALSO WATCH: Event Recap: Best Fights From UFC 266: Volkanovski vs. Ortega

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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