‘How Am I Going to Take It Seriously if the UFC Don’t Take It Seriously’- Alexander Volkanovski Says UFC Never Mentioned Henry Cejudo Offer

Published 01/18/2022, 4:53 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 25: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia taunts Brian Ortega in between rounds during their Featherweight title fight during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena on September 25, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)

Alexander Volkanovski is the current UFC featherweight champion. He beat Max Holloway to win the title at UFC 245 and has defended the title twice (UFC 251, UFC 266) since he won it. Recently, there were many reports going around that Volkanovski would take on ‘Blessed’ for his third title defense in March.

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However, Holloway, unfortunately, will not be taking on the champion in March because of an injury. After ‘Blessed‘ withdrew, Henry Cejudo pushed for the fight.

In a recent interview with MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, Volkanovski weighed in on this.

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Volkanovski said, “He’s always there trying to, you know, troll me and you know, get on my skin and make that fight happen… I don’t know how serious he is, but he seems like he’s serious about it. But again, you know what I mean like again people are going to say I’m running and whatnot. Like the UFC never bring up his name, ever. It was never mentioned to me. It was never even close to an option.”

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“You know what I mean and you know how am I going to take it seriously if the UFC don’t take it seriously? And I don’t even know if Henry’s really taking it seriously… UFC were never going to bring it up. You know they’re thinking that what’s the point? You don’t deserve it. And then what if you do, somehow get it done. You’re just going to retire and do that. Even though I heard said Henry said ‘Oh I do that, I’ll stay’, and you know, I don’t think they believe that,” he added.

What’s next for Alexander Volkanovski?

Alexander Volkanovski is looking to fight as soon as he can and fans can expect to see him return to the octagon soon. According to reports, Volkanovski will take on Chan Sung Jung, AKA, ‘The Korean Zombie’ at UFC 273 for his third title defense.

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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)

The fight makes sense as Jung is the highest-ranked available contender who is coming off a win. ‘The Korean Zombie’ beat Dan Ige in his last fight.

‘The Great’ vs Chan Sung Jung will excite fans as it is a fresh matchup.

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Do you think ‘The Korean Zombie’ has what it takes to end Volkanovski’s 20-fight winning streak? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Justin Gaethje fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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