Streaking UFC contender Alex Volkanovski believes it’s only a matter of time until he beats Max Holloway to claim the featherweight throne.
Volkanovski, who beat ex-featherweight king Jose Aldo at UFC 237 to establish himself as the next No. 1 contender, believes he is a bad matchup for Holloway despite ‘Blessed’ having a considerable height advantage.
Volkanovski believes he has the wrestling, power and cardio to pose all kinds of problems for the reining featherweight champion.
“I’m not the cocky type, but if Frankie gives Max problems, I’m going to be giving him serious problems,” Volkanovski said in a recent interview with BJPenn.com. “Like I said, I think Max will always have not much on me, when it comes to match ups. When it comes to cardio, we know I don’t have a problem. When it comes to pace, we know that I don’t have a problem. When it comes to power, we know I got power, and we know I can wrestle. I ain’t no easy fight for anyone. For someone that has a style like Max, I think I’m a very bad matchup. I think Frankie could be a bad matchup, but it just depends on how he is. He hasn’t been fighting too much lately, and he isn’t getting any younger, so we’ll see.”
Volkanovski is still disappointed he got passed over on a title shot by Frankie Edgar but ‘The Great’ isn’t one to dwell on his shortcomings or feel bitter towards the UFC.
“I didn’t see it coming, but look, it is what it is,” he said. “I’m not going to dwell too much on it.
“If anyone’s going to squeeze in a title shot in before me, I’m glad it’s Frankie, because he does deserve it. He’s a nice bloke; he’s a top guy. He’s been around. He’s been good for the sport for a long time, so good on him. Go do your thing. But I still want that belt by the end of the year. I’ve got my goals, and that’s another fight this year, and the belt before the year is out.”
Volkanovski will be keeping a close eye on the UFC 240 main event between Holloway and Edgar, set to take place next month, July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada.