Alexander Volkanovski’s second opportunity to win lightweight gold was wasted during his last fight, and he lost his #1 spot pound-for -pound. We may have found the answer to the question of why the featherweight champion fought Islam Makhachev on short notice.
The Australian accepted the fight at UFC 294 with just 11 days notice, after the original opponent of the champion was forced to withdraw. The fans were intrigued to see what he could do without a full camp of training. But midway through the opening round, the challenger lost his first knockout inside the octagon.
While sitting down with David Adesanya—the brother of former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya—Alexander Volkanovski opened up on his most recent loss.
“It will always hurt.” Losing isn’t fun, do you understand? “I’m not afraid of anything, including getting hurt. You’re just scared of losing.”
“Even though it is 11 days notice, and I put myself in a situation where my chances of winning are higher, I will still do that.” “That’s just me.”
“Even with fear of loss. It’s part of who I am.