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Alexander Volkanovski says Chan Sung Jung 'legacy fight,' declares 'I'm on my way to being a legend of this division'

Alexander Volkanovski may already be the greatest UFC featherweight of all-time, but before he's done, he wants to leave no doubt.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In the 11-year history of the UFC's featherweight division, just four men have held promotional gold. Alexander Volkanovski is one of them, and he's defeated two of the others who share his status: Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.

The only other man to add to the list is Conor McGregor, though the famed Irishman never defended his belt and no longer competes in the division.

Based on his current accomplishments, alone, Volkanovski has a pretty sound argument at being the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC's featherweight division, but he doesn't believe he has the right to make that claim just yet.

"I've got some work to do," Volkanovski said at Thursday's UFC 273 pre-fight press conference. "I'm not the type of guy to toot my own horn and prop myself so much, but look, I believe in my abilities, and I've got a lot of goals. I want that GOAT status. I want pound-for-pound. I want greatest of all time. I want all that type of stuff. My work ethic, my mentality will get me there, but I've still got a lot of work to do."

Volkanovski (23-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) gets his next test at Saturday's UFC 273, where he competes in the night's main event against longtime veteran Chan Sung Jung (17-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC), perhaps best known as "The Korean Zombie." The 25-year-old Korean contender fought previously for the title in 2013 but came up short against Aldo. Still, he's built a reputation on exciting fights and incredible performances, as demonstrated by his seven "Fight Night" bonuses in 10 UFC appearances.

Jung is currently No. 4 in the UFC's official featherweight rankings but was able to step into the challenger role when Max Holloway was forced to withdraw from a planned trilogy fight wtih Volkanovski.

The Australian champion said he welcomed that matchup and had been eyeing the fight since he debuted for the promotion in 2016.

"He's obviously done a lot in this division," Volkanovski said of Jung. "He's been around for a long time. He's been at the top of the division for a long time. It's a fight I've always wanted. I've kept my eye on him ever since I've been in the UFC. This opportunity came forward, and I'm happy."

Volkanovski is a significant favorite in the matchup according to the oddsmakers, but he insists he's not looking past his opponent and recognizes "The Korean Zombie" as a true threat to his title. While Jung may not have the credentials of some of Volkanovski's previous foes, the champ believes it's still a big moment in his career.

"This is definitely a legacy fight because again, I've faced most legends, and he's one of the legends of the division," Volkanovski told MMA Underground. "But I'm going to have to do my thing Saturday night. 

"Obviously I'm on my way to being a legend of this division, so that's what's going to happen, man. It's my time."

With a victory, Volkanovski would extend his current winning streak to a remarkable 21 consecutive victories and keep his record perfect in the UFC's octagon. He's expressed his desire to fight more times before year's end and believes the UFC will likely rebook a third fight with former champ and fan-favorite Holloway.

"Obviously, I've got (Jung) to worry about on Saturday night, but that's the fight was scheduled that I'm sure the UFC are going to see what's happening with that," Volkanovski said.

But ultimately, Volkanovski said he doesn't care who comes next. What matters is that he continues to rack up victories, taking out anyone who stands in his way until he feels confident there is no argument to his standing as the the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC's featherweight division.

"We're going to see the options, but whoever it is, we'll make that fight fight happen," Volkanovski said. "Everybody knows me, what type of champion I am. Whoever earns that No. 1 spot, deserves it, gets it."