Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Alexander Volkanovski took the featherweight title from Max Holloway via Unanimous Decision at UFC 245 on December 14, 2019, and then successfully defended it, winning via a controversial Split Decision at UFC 251 on July 12. Post-fight, UFC president Dana White, who thought the decision was wrong, argued that an immediate trilogy fight likely made sense.

“It’s hard to not say we can give Max a rematch for that fight again – do it a third time,” said White to

“I’m sure Volkanovski doesn’t love that idea. He’s like, ‘Listen, I just beat this guy twice.’ And if you’re Volkanovski, you’re like guess what — the media aren’t judges. Dana White’s not a judge. None of these people are judges. The people that are assigned to judge the fight said I won twice.

“If you’re Volkanovski, I get it. If you’re Volkanovski, you probably want to take a look at a different guy. I haven’t really talked to Volkanovski about it. Something I definitely need to do, and we’ll see how this thing plays out.”

Well, Volkanovski appeared recently on Submission Radio, and White was right - "The Great" doesn't want an immediate rematch.

“I ended up listening to what he was saying, and look, he was throwing it out there, but at the same time saying exactly what I’m saying," said Volkanovski. "We’ve got all these guys about to fight, and by the end of the year we’re gonna have a clear number one, and you’re just gonna keep giving Max rematches?”

“You win back-to-back, two wins in a row, to make a third one, it just doesn’t really make sense, especially right now. Again, we know that last fight was close, but the judges gave me the decision, and that’s that. And in the first fight, even though it was competitive, I pretty clearly won that fight. So, to just give him another rematch straight away and put the division on hold, it just doesn’t make any sense.”

“You want to talk about fair? Yeah, it’s not really. But again, it was a close fight, and there’s a lot of people that are gonna have their opinions, and I understand that, it’s a part of the game, it happens all the time. But at the same time, you know, as Dana said himself, there’s judges, that’s their job, and they went in there, and I truly do believe that they made the right decision. Especially watching back the tape."

“The division needs to play out, and we got a whole division, there’s so many of us. We’ve got 15 people that are ranked for a reason, and what, we’re just gonna keep fighting until Max wins? You know what I mean? It just doesn’t make sense.”  

“Zombie keeps running his mouth, even though he’s got another one before him, but I mean, still, that’s always intriguing, that’s a fun fight. You know he’s just going to look for the finish, which, again, if someone is just going to be aggressive like that, that’s good for me, that’s a fun fight. Same with even Zabit as well. I think they’re the two frontrunners, Zabit and Zombie. But again, they just need a fight. Someone just needs a fight, get an impressive win and I guarantee you, everyone’s going to be screaming their name. ... So, that’s the fight I want. I want an exciting fight and I want a person that everyone goes, this has to be the guy, he’s gonna do it. Man, I hope I’m the underdog. I love people saying this is the guy that’s going to take him out, and then I go out and prove them wrong again.”

“[Henry Cejudo] definitely lives up to his name when it’s the cringe, but I always thought the cringe was just things he said, but now it’s getting cringy how much he’s begging for a title fight. He just doesn’t stop. It’s cringy how you retire, and you call out everyone, stirring s*** everywhere. It just seems like he’s even stirring the pot in the divisions that he retired in. So, he’s still getting lippy to some of the guys back down there, but obviously he’s calling me out. And again, if it was gonna happen it was earlier in the year. But again, I’ve got a division to hold and I’ve got my eye on the division, I want these number one contenders. And if for some reason the UFC pushed that on me, like I said, I’ve got to get paid for it, because it’s just a waste of time for me, I believe. A waste of time for the division.”

“For my legacy, for the GOAT status I’m saying that I’m chasing now, and the division, waste of the division’s time. Again, he’s done great thing things in flyweight and bantamweight, but I mean, featherweight is whole different beast. That’s why it’s never been done. I get why he wants to chase it. It makes sense. Again, it’s a win-win for him. I go out there and mop the floor with him, ‘ah yeah, he’s a lot bigger, blah, blah, blah’. That’s why it just doesn’t make sense for me, cause everyone’s just going to sort of expect me to go out there and mop the floor. And that’s pretty much exactly what’s going to happen. No disrespect to Henry Cejduo, but it’s a whole different breed in this division. So, it would just be a waste of time. I’d go out there and then everyone will be like going, ‘oh yeah, you’re fighting smaller guys, blah, blah, blah, you wait till you fight the guys in your division, blah, blah, blah’. So, for me it’s just a waste of time. Against, he’s done great things and I can see why he’s chasing that third belt, but it ain’t gonna happen. Even if he gets a chance at it, he ain’t taking that belt from me, I can guarantee you that.”

UG, who do you want to see Volkanovski fight next?