Major career boost for Alexander Volkanovski as UFC boss Dana White reveals big plans for Australian fighter
- UFC boss confirms Alex Volkanovski will get next shot at lightweight title
- Aussie would be the winner of the upcoming fight between Oliveira and Makhachev . take on
- Volk is chasing champion status in two divisions – first achieved by Conor McGregor
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Alexander Volkanovski will have his next shot at the lightweight crown – battling the winner of this weekend’s match between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev.
The 34-year-old Aussie currently holds the featherweight belt – which he has been defending since 2019 – and is the organization’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter.
UFC boss Dana White (pictured) has confirmed that Alexander Volkanovski will get his next shot at the lightweight crown on Tuesday. The Aussie is already the featherweight champion – a title he has been defending since 2019
Volkanovski now gets a chance to hold two belts at once – a rare feat Conor McGregor first achieved in 2016
He has long expressed his desire to gain weight and fight for a second championship – and on Tuesday White revealed that is planned.
“It makes sense, yes,” the UFC boss told Barstool Sports when asked if Volkanovski would have the next shot at the lightweight title.
Volkanovski is easily the most dominant fighter in the UFC, having beaten every top featherweight in the organization. Weight gain makes sense.
If the Wollongong-born fighter can win a second belt and achieve “champion-champion” status, he will become just one of five fighters to ever have two belts at once.
Volkanovski (pictured as standout Max Holloway in their championship bout this year) is the organization’s #1 pound-for-pound fighter and is still undefeated in the UFC
Conor McGregor was the first to achieve it when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in 2016, and the feat was so unusual that Dana White didn’t have two belts ready for the Irishman’s post-fight photo op.
Since then, three other fighters have become two-time champions: Amanda Nunes, Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo.
Volkanovski has insisted that if he gains weight, it should be “before the belt.”
“I deserve it,” Volkanovski said. “The real big fights – of course we would be motivated. It’s something I want to do.”
Volkanovski pictured with his featherweight championship belt. The Aussie is having an amazing 22 fight streak
‘I want to go for that double champion status.’
“I just fought a few months ago and I don’t know if one division can keep me busy enough. Then give me two divisions. I’ll keep them both busy.’
Volkanovski still hasn’t lost a fight in the UFC and has an incredible 22-fight win streak. He has successfully defended his featherweight title four times.