UFC 273: Alexander Volkanovski wants Max Holloway trilogy fight to 'end that chapter'

  • Tom Ward

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski says he is still interested in a Max Holloway trilogy fight after Chan Sung Jung – as he wants to ‘end that chapter’.

The Australian great defends his belt against ‘Korean Zombie’ in the main event of UFC 273 on April 9 in his first fight since beating Brian Ortega in Las Vegas at UFC 266 last September.

Volkanovski had been forced to look elsewhere for a new opponent after Holloway picked up an injury in training and the UFC 145lbs title fight on March 5 was called off.

And he admits that he was rather ‘disappointed’ he had to pull out and told his rival he wanted to run it back again – despite being 2-0 up in their series.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour on MMA Fighting, Volkanovski said: “I was disappointed,.

“Man, I just was really looking forward to that fight. I really was. And I just had started — I was ready to get into camp and get things going and end that chapter, and all that type of stuff.

“But as everyone says — well, ‘Blessed’ [Holloway] says — it is what it is. But it was unfortunate. Of course it’s a big fight, I know people wanted to see it.

“But what do you do? That’ll just have to wait until later.”

Dec 14, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Alexander Volkanovski (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Max Holloway (red gloves) during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Volkanovski also says he wants to stay active and ‘fight regularly’ this year.

The 33-year-old, a former rugby league player, has fought four times since a May 2019 victory over Jose Aldo.

He added: “I made it clear straight after my fight [in September], I wanted to fight regularly.

“Even fighting in March was later than I would’ve liked, because I wanted to go and get some defenses in.

“I want to fight as much as I can this year. So the boys talked with [the UFC], they chatted to me, and then just [Jung] was the only [option] that made sense. And again, they know what I’m like.

“If I was going to fight guys that don’t really deserve it, I don’t like that. That’s not what I’m what I’m about. I’m about, give me the guys that make sense.

“He’s an OG of the sport. You talk about legacy, he’s one of the biggest names in the division as well. I want to take out all the guys, the legends of the featherweight division, and he’s one of them.

“And he’s coming off a win, a good win off Dan Ige. So it’s the only one that makes sense, and that’s why we wanted it.”

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