Reigning UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski has admitted it would be a “dream” to fight former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor, maintaining he would fight as high as the welterweight limit to score the fight.
Volkanovski, the current undisputed featherweight champion, is slated to headline UFC 273 next month against the #4 ranked contender, Chan Sung Jung – attempting to secure his third successful defense of the 145lbs throne.
Last time out, the New South Wales technician turned in a Fight of the Year contender against two-time title chaser, Brian Ortega – landing a unanimous decision win over the tricky grappler in a UFC 266 headliner.
For McGregor, the Dubliner, a former undisputed featherweight and lightweight champion, has been sidelined since July of last year where he dropped an opening round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to Dustin Poirier after fracturing his left tibia at the end of the first round.
Expected to return in the fall from injury, McGregor has been linked with a slew of potential opponents for his comeback fight. And now featherweight kingpin, Volkanovski has become the latest to enter the McGregor sweepstakes it seems.
“Obviously, Conor (McGregor) is always gonna get his name out there,” Alexander Volkanovski said during a recent interview with MMA News reporter, James Lynch. “You gotta remember, he was a featherweight, he was a champion of my division. So I’ve taken out the featherweight champs. That’s the one left, isn’t it. Me, (Jose) Aldo, Max (Holloway), and Conor. So it makes a lot of sense. Obviously, it would be a dream and then I’ve taken out all the other champs in my division so that would be incredible. Obviously, you talk about the payday and all that – the circus around it would be great. But at the same time, talking about legacy, he’s undefeated at featherweight too. That would mean something. I don’t think he’s making featherweight too soon (though).”
“If we fight, you do it at any weight,” I’d do that at welterweight if I had to, whatever,” Alexander Volkanovski. But at the same time, we’ll see. I’ll just worry about ‘Zombie’ (Chan Sung Jung) cause ‘Zombie’s’ in front of me and we’ll see.”
As well as his admission that a welterweight pairing with McGregor would be something he welcomes, it appears Volkanovski has more definite plans to eventually test lightweight waters.
“I’m planning on staying at featherweight even if I move up (to lightweight), I want to fight at both,” Alexander Volkanovski said. “I’m not saying I want to just move to lightweight and stay at lightweight. When people ever ask me if I think of a move to lightweight, it is double champ, status, while I still got both belts. The role of lightweight champ and featherweight champ, that’s my vision. Not just fighting in lightweight. Cause I make featherweight reasonably easy so there’s no reason for me to have to move up.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)