Alexander Volkanovski has backed Israel Adesanya following criticism at UFC 276.
Although “The Last Stylebender” emerged victorious over Jared Cannonier by unanimous decision, the middleweight title defense was mocked by some people who tuned in.
Volanovski spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and covered several topics. The UFC featherweight champion opened up about the completeness of his recent performance, whether he’s now the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, and more.
Regarding the rhetoric about Adesanya’s performance being more boring and if it’s unfair, Alexander Volkanovski said:
“Of course it is, man. Like it’s going to happen every time. Anytime you have tough fights. Look, people have to understand when someone only has one chance to hit and that’s what it is. That’s all they’re looking for, come on Why does a champion have to take all the risk Why does he have to show up?
“When he knows someone, it’s like waiting for a big hit. The person, the challenger… And I’m not shooting Cannonier but I think they have to shake things up. I don’t think it depends champion to shake things up. With Max, Max will try to shake things up. Like (Brian) Ortega, like ‘(Korean) Zombie’.”
Watch the interview/video below:
The two UFC champions have spent time training together in the past at City Kickboxing. Volkanovski and Adesanya both emerged victorious from that same UFC 276 event in the co-headliner and headliner spots, respectively.
Future prospects of Alexander Volkanovski
“The Great” won his trilogy fight against Max Holloway and swept the series cleanly on July 2.
Alexander Volkanovski won the initial bout via unanimous decision at UFC 245 and the second bout via split decision at UFC 251. He went on to earn the unanimous decision victory once again at UFC 276.
The featherweight great is at a point where he is starting to pursue championship accolades in other weight classes.
The vacant fight for the world lightweight championship between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev at UFC 280 in October is attracting a lot of interest from Alexander Volkanovski.
Volkanovski’s overall mixed martial arts record currently stands at 25-1 and is riding a 22-fight winning streak. ‘The Great’ holds significant wins over Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, Holloway, Brian Ortega and ‘Korean Zombie’, to name a few.