Volkanovski calling for a UFC shot: Alexander Volkanovski may be sitting on top of the world right now, but the Wollongong native had to graft for his shot at the big time, new footage has revealed.
This week the UFC featherweight champion was named the best fighter on the planet in the organization’s updated men’s pound-for-pound rankings following his knockout loss to Kamaru Usman at the hands of Leon Edwards.
The 33-year-old is regarded as one of the most accomplished mixed martial artists on the planet, having won his last 21 fights in a row, but the journey to the big stage has not been easy.
Footage from a news program has surfaced on Twitter showing Volkanovski cleaning up the domestic scene in Sydney, with the UFC campaigning hard for the big wigs to offer him a contract.
Spotted with his Wollongong Wars lightweight championship belt, Volkanovski was seen on Twitter pleading with the UFC to add him to his UFC Fight Night 85 show, which was hosted in Brisbane in 2016.
‘It’s a business like everything else,’ he says. ‘It’s not just how you fight, it’s all about marketing and promotion and you’ve got to sell seats.
UFC’S UPDATED P4P RANKINGS
- 1. Alexander Volkanovski
- 2. Israel Adesanya
- 3. Charles Oliveira
- 4. Kamaru Usman
- 5. Francis Ngannou
- 6. Leon Edwards
- 7. Aljamain Sterling
- 8. Dustin Poirier
- 9. Deiveson Figueiredo
- 10. Jiri Prochazka
That’s what I’m trying to work on right now, I really want to push my #SignVolkanovski campaign that I’m doing.’
Volkanovski finally got his chance in November 2016, defeating Yusuke Kasuya on the undercard of Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson in Melbourne.
He went on an excellent streak of victories, including scalps over Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, Corinne Zombie, Brian Ortega and Max Holloway.
The 33-year-old is currently nursing a hand injury but is eyeing a return to the Octagon in February 2023, with the UFC reportedly setting its sights on a show in Sydney, with the pandemic taking its toll on its business in Australia. has closed.