‘Ready For War’-Alexander Volkanovski Shares Brutal Training Video Ahead of Matchup with Brian Ortega

Published 08/25/2021, 2:05 PM 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)


A matchup that has been in the works since the beginning of the year, Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega is now only a few weeks away. Both fighters took on the roles of coaches in the latest season of the Ultimate Fighter and are now back in the heat of training for the highly anticipated matchup.

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Most recently, Alexander Volkanovski shared a snippet of the last thirty seconds of one of his training sessions. In the video, one can witness the Australian native taking down several of his teammates, one after the other, to end what looks like a brutal conditioning workout.

“5 months ago we put all the work in, ready for war. We going bigger and better this time”  

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Riding on a nine-fight win streak, with two back-to-back wins against Max Holloway, this will be Volkanovski’s second title defense. On the other hand, Ortega took a long layoff from MMA after his loss to Max Holloway and came back with a dominant victory against ‘The Korean Zombie.     

Boasting an impressive record of 22-1-0, Alexander Volkanovski is one of the most astounding strikers in the division. His power and volume often allow him to nullify his height disadvantage. The champion has a significant strike per minute stat of 6.16, which is the third all-time stat for featherweight history. 

Nevertheless, Alexander Volkanovski will face a rejuvenated and refined fighter in Brian Ortega. Although Ortega’s ground game has always been his strongest suit inside the cage, it is hard to deny his improvement in the standup game.  

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Can Alexander Volkanovski become the greatest featherweight of all time?

A former rugby player, Alexander Volkanovski, first set foot in an MMA gym back in 2011. Thereon, the Australian native hasn’t looked back and is now the featherweight champion of the UFC.

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The 32-year-old has two wins against Max Holloway and is now only five fights away from breaking the former champion’s record thirteen-fight win streak in the division.

If Volkanovski manages to get the win over Ortega in their upcoming bout, one can envision him ruling the featherweight division with an iron fist to become one of the greatest featherweights ever.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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