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Alexander Volkanovski vows to dethrone Islam Makhachev in a rematch

LockerRoom Team
11 July 2023

Alexander Volkanovski appears to have his sights firmly set on Islam Makhachev until he is granted a second opportunity to compete against him.

“It’s going to be another highly contested battle, but I guarantee I get my hand raised. I’m going to capitalize on a lot more things. It is two tough guys going at it. They’ve done five rounds and there’s a good chance you might see another five rounds of it. I’d love to get a finish. We’re both that good that it might be another tougher fight. But I’m looking forward, again.”

Leading up to UFC 290 and in the aftermath of the event at T-Mobile Arena, Volkanovski expressed his determination and drive to rewrite history by seeking a chance to avenge his previous loss to Makhachev at UFC 284. Currently holding the position of the promotion's top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter, the 34-year-old Volkanovski has maintained this status for several months. In the main event of UFC 290, he convincingly defeated interim featherweight champion Yair with a third-round TKO, further solidifying his dominance.

Standing at the summit of the featherweight and pound-for-pound divisions, Volkanovski has consistently emphasized his preference for fights that challenge him and ignite his competitive spirit. UFC President Dana White endorsed Volkanovski's request for another shot at the lightweight title following the conclusion of the UFC 290 main event, where Volkanovski emerged victorious against Yair Rodriguez.

The specifics regarding Volkanovski's return to the octagon and his opponent remain unclear, especially considering his potential need for surgery, which he revealed after UFC 290. Meanwhile, Makhachev is anticipated to headline UFC 294 in October in Abu Dhabi, suggesting a possible timeline and location for a potential clash between the two fighters.

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