UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski takes aim at former 145-pound king and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Volkanovski elaborated on his interest in a potential matchup with McGregor while speaking on an episode of FOX Sports Australia's UFC Fight Week,
“We talk about the hype around his fights, you’d be an idiot to say you wouldn’t take that fight — the money, the whole circus around it,” Volkanovski said. “It’d be fun, exciting, but not just that — there’s a little bit of a connection because he was a featherweight champion and I’ve taken out Max Holloway and Jose Aldo, the other former champions. There’s only one other champion I haven’t fought and it’s Conor, so there is a bit of history there. For me to be GOAT (greatest of all-time) status, it makes sense, and then you’ve got all the other bonuses around it.”
Volkanovski is currently scheduled to make his next title defense against Brian Ortega as the co-main event of UFC 260 on March 27, although the bout is yet to be officially confirmed by the promotion. There are plenty of featherweight contenders waiting in the wings once that fight is resolved. Max Holloway delivered a dominating performance over Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 7. Additionally the likes of Zabit Magomedsharipov, Yair Rodriguez, Josh Emmett, Arnold Allen, Ryan Hall, and Bryce Mitchell are waiting for their chance at UFC gold.
McGregor has his hands full with business of his own to attend to when he faces Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 this weekend. The Aussie champion knows this though and seems to be focused on the task at hand of cleaning out the UFC's featherweight division, rather than wasting too much energy on brewing up a super fight with the Irishman.
“I’ve got a division to take care of first, I’ll do the defenses and do my thing and we’ll see if that fight can ever happen," he asserted.