UFC 280: Alexander Volkanovski wants to be the backup for Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev

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Alexander Volkanovski has revealed his plan to push for an insanely quick comeback from his recent hand injury.

After successfully defending the UFC featherweight championship four times, it should come as no surprise to learn that many fans and pundits consider Alexander Volkanovski to be the pound-for-pound best fighter in MMA. The 33-year-old continues to get stronger with each and every performance he puts on and with a 12-0 record to his name in the UFC, it’s clear to see that nobody can even come close to him right now.

He’s been so good, in fact, that he’s even discussed the possibility of moving up to lightweight in search of a second world title.

During an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he hinted that such a dream could come true sooner than we think.

“Remember when I said about never letting people take away opportunities away from me?” Volkanovski said.

“So if I’m fit enough, do I stand by and be ready [for UFC 280] just in case someone gets injured, which I’ve got a feeling someone will? Go and stand by so nobody can take that opportunity away from me?

“That’s the type of guy I am.

“So we’ll see if it’s doable and I might be making that trip to Abu Dhabi.

“Because that’s who I am. Take away anything that can get in my way.”

“I trained this morning,” Volkanovski said. “I was doing kickboxing this morning.

“Without using this [left] hand, obviously. But I was kicking, punching with the right hand. I did strength at the start of the week. Six weeks from now I’ll be able to grapple. Twelve weeks from when the injury happened, I’ll be full contact.

“It will be properly healed. Like the rest of my bones if not stronger because of the screws.”

UFC 280 awaits

At UFC 280 on October 22, Charles Oliveira will attempt to defend his position as the best lightweight on the planet when he battles Islam Makhachev for the 155-pound belt.

It’s a bout that has been a long time coming but if ‘The Great’ can get his hand back to near enough 100% in time, we could end up seeing something special on Fight Island.

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