Chael Sonnen thinks the UFC welterweight division shouldn’t consider the rumored Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards trilogy a done deal.
The welterweight division has agreed to Usman getting the next title. As a result, top contenders aren’t advocating a fight against Edwards until next year.
During a recent YouTube video, Sonnen alluded to Alexander Volkanovski as a UFC 280 replacement and felt the top welterweights should display the same motivation:
“There’s no better way for a title fight than to be ready on short notice. We have no idea how Kamaru Usman is going to feel in February 2023… That hunger and those scratching guys should still be here. They should still demand the Chael Sonnen urges UFC welterweights to stay ready struggle. They should say I’m the #1 guy…”
“It’s very difficult to become champion champion. Not only to have the skills necessary to be champion champion, it is equally difficult to obtain the contract and the opportunity to compete for a second championship. However, in the event of a slip, Volkanovski will find himself there in two weeks… He hasn’t ceased to remain hungry. He didn’t stop talking. He never ceased to be prepared…”
Dana White has shown interest in Usman getting an instant rematch after losing the welterweight title to Edwards. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is still recovering from the knockout loss, with the trilogy fight set to take place in early 2023.
Watch Chael Sonnen discuss the welterweight division below:
Chael Sonnen says he’s more than impressed with Alexander Volkanovski as reserve fighter for UFC 280 main event
After dominating Max Holloway in their trilogy bout in July, Volkanovski expressed a desire to gain weight and become a two-time champion. Recently, the featherweight champion announced that he would serve as a replacement fighter should Charles Oliveira or Islam Makhachev withdraw from the main event.
“The American Gangster” claimed that Volkanovski was a main event substitute and the pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter was commendable. During a YouTube video, Chael Sonnen said this about Volkanovski:
“What more could you ask of Volkanovski? I’m more than impressed with this guy. Really, I’m more than impressed.
Volkanovski’s ambition to become a two-division champion should be an inspiration to other fighters. Even if he doesn’t fight at UFC 280, being the backup could lead to a future lightweight title for ‘The Great’.
Check out Sonnen’s take below: