Alexander Volkanovski vows title fight with Islam Makhachev will happen: ‘Australia needs a big fight’

Alexander Volkanovski

With both undisputed featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, and recently minted undisputed lightweight best, Islam Makhachev clamouring for the UFC to issue contracts for a superfight next year, the former insists the bout will occur, claiming his home country of Australia is due a “big fight” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most recently co-headlining at UFC 276 back in July during International Fight Week, Volkanovski turned in a dominant third career win over former featherweight champion, Max Holloway – successfully defending his championship. 

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Last month, the New South Wales native weighed in as the official backup to the UFC 280 lightweight title featuring Charles Oliveira, and the aforenoted, Makahchev – however, his services were not required by the organization. 

Instead, Volkanovski joined newly crowned, lightweight kingpin, Makhachev in the Octagon following his submission win in Abu Dhabi, UAE – setting up a potential February superfight in Perth, Australia.

Alexander Volkanovski promises a fight with Islam Makhachev will happen next

Both noting their interest in booking the fight sooner rather than later across their respective Twitter accounts, Volkanovski has insisted a fight with Makhachev will happen – and more to the point, in his native Australia.

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“We’re going to make it happen,” Alexander Volkanovski said of a fight with Islam Makhachev during a media availability ahead of UFC 281 this weekend. “Don’t worry about that. Australia needs a big fight. Me just defending would be great, but me going for that lightweight title, taking that lightweight title in Perth on home soil would be incredible.”

“That’s exactly what I plan on doing,” Alexander Volkanovski continued. “I put the tweets out just to make sure it happens. I’ll leave it at that.” (Transcribed by MMA Fighting)

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Makhachev’s teammate and coach, former lightweight titleholder, Khabib Nurmagomedov predicted a dominant win for his training partner over Volkanovski to boot ahead of the potential fight, claiming Makhachev will gazump the Aussie at the pound-for-pound number one in the UFC.