‘I Fought in Middleweight Plenty of Times’- Alexander Volkanovski Puts the UFC Lightweight Division on Notice

Published 04/13/2021, 8:59 AM EDT
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)


UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is currently set to coach The Ultimate Fighter alongside his next opponent, Brian Ortega. ‘The Great’ is looking to remain at the helm of the featherweight division in near future. However, he is interested to test his mettle in the lightweight division of the UFC.

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The 155lbs division is one of the most stacked ones in the entire UFC roster. But Volkanovski, a 200lbs Rugby player in the past, is confident about his chances as he believes he fights not only lightweights but welterweights and middleweights daily.

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Speaking to Helen Yee recently, the Aussie fighter said, “the lightweight division is something that I fought at many times anyway, I fought in middleweight, lightweight, welterweight plenty of times. So it’s something that I am used to, some that I’ve done plenty times before.

“Will it happen? I think so. But I’ve got a couple of fights that I want to get out of the way in the featherweight division. The, you know, the featherweight division is definitely where I’ll be this year. We’ll see what happens next year,” he added.

But Volkanovski recognizes the shark tank that is his current division. The 145lbs division has some killers coming up the ladders to challenge the champion and take his belt away. Furthermore, there is a certain Max Holloway waiting on the wings with vengeance. Many believed the former champion defeated Volkanovski at UFC 251. So, ‘Blessed‘ will look to establish himself as the kingpin again when the duo fights.

Can Alexander Volkanovski make a mark at the 155lbs division?

The Aussie won’t be the first featherweight champion looking to move up a division. ‘The Notorious‘ Conor McGregor is the most famous fighter to date to make a leap. He successfully captured lightweight gold, too. But his record is 1-2 in the 155lbs division, given he has fought only the elites. Holloway also made a move up but lost a decision to Dustin Poirier.

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The cream of the crop of the lightweight division is something not to ignore. It has been proven time and again. But the likes of Poirier, Oliveira, and more have been greatly successful after moving up from featherweight. However, McGregor remains the only former featherweight to move up and become champion. Given the Irish fighter’s merit in his prime, Volkanovski will have a lot to do.

Can Volkanovski become a champion at the 155lbs division of the UFC? Share your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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