UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is set to have his subsequent battle be for the light-weight title.
Volkanovski (25-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC) has his thoughts set on getting the chance to turn out to be a two-division champion, regardless of having two contenders in his weight class chomping on the bit to be his subsequent challenger.
Prime contenders Yair Rodriguez and Josh Emmett appear to be the clear candidates for the subsequent shot at 145 kilos. Volkanovski is nicely conscious, and that’s why he wouldn’t thoughts seeing an interim title in place as he tries to seize extra gold in one other division.
“You’re in all probability going to ask this complete interim belt,” Volkanovski mentioned Monday on “The MMA Hour.” “… Look, I don’t thoughts that concept whereas I’m sitting right here. As a result of once more, I believe it’s trying like me (preventing) for that light-weight belt, and once more there’s no clear (man) for that No. 1 contender. Allow them to battle for that No. 1 contender.
“I believe each Josh Emmett and Yair Rodriguez are each able the place they may get a shot. … They’ll go do this, I do my factor, and some months after that get me again in there. I’ll do it. Within the good world for me, light-weight title early subsequent 12 months after which in the event that they do that interim factor, it might simply make it an even bigger battle. I don’t thoughts. Then you definately received a transparent No. 1 man.”
Volkanovski is coming off his fourth consecutive title defense after defeating Max Holloway in a trilogy bout at UFC 276 on July 2. He suffered a damaged hand in that bout and is currently recovering from surgery.
The 33-year-old finds the timing of his restoration good as Charles Oliveira is ready to battle Islam Makhachev for the vacant light-weight title on Oct. 22 at UFC 280.
“They’re coming to Australia within the early quarter, the primary quarter of the 12 months (2023),” Volkanovski mentioned. “I have to battle in Australia. I believe I deserve that. Making an attempt to squeeze one thing earlier than that, that’s me dashing issues. Clearly, everybody in Australia deserves (it). It’s what I need, and the UFC could be very comfortable to have me headline a card there, as nicely. That’s in all probability what’s going to occur. And battle for the light-weight title in that (first) quarter of the 12 months.”