“There’s Levels to This”- Alexander Volkanovski Feels His Resume Is Far Superior to AJ McKee

Published 09/21/2021, 10:46 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 set to take on Brian Ortega this weekend at UFC 266. Ahead of the fight, Volkanovski appeared at the MMA Hour shoe to have a chat with Ariel Helwani. The duo discussed many things, including a potential clash between Bellator featherweight champion AJ McKee and Volkanovski himself.

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McKee stopped Patricio Pitbull recently to be crowned the 145 lbs champion of the Bellator MMA. While Volkanovski acknowledges the quality of the undefeated fighter, he reminded Helwani that they are levels apart in terms of opponents. While Volkanovski has gone through some of the best featherweights of all time in the history of MMA, McKee is yet to take on anyone notable except Patricio Freire.

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Let’s be realistic when we’re talking about. Look at my rise to the title and look at his rise to his title. You know what I mean? It’s just totally different. You’ve got a bunch of absolute killers and he could be a killer himself, but he hasn’t had the competition that we’ve had. That’s obvious so you know what I mean. But again, is he a great fighter? Yeah, he probably is. Will he beat me? No,” said Volkanovski.

G.O.A.Ts of th4e division, some of the best featherweights you’ve ever seen, these are the guys I had to fight to get a shot at that title. Let’s look at my resume and let’s look at his resume,” he added.

There’s levels to this. Again I don’t even know the guy. So, I am not gonna sit there and throw shade at him,” the Aussie said further.

Alexander Volkanovski vs AJ McKee: likely to happen anytime soon?

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While there’s no doubt of the quality that McKee possesses as a fighter, it’s hard to deny Volkanovski‘s claims as well. He has beaten the likes of Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Max Holloway, and more to claim the position that he is in today. McKee hasn’t quite fought fighters of that level in that frequency.

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)

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Also, the fact that the fighters are in completely different organizations at the moment makes the fight even more unlikely to happen in the near future. If McKee decides to join the UFC anytime soon, then the fight might actually happen. The chances of it happening otherwise are slim to none.

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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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