Alex Volkanovski will be watching Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar’s upcoming featherweight title fight very closely, as he’s more than likely to fight the winner sometime later this year.
Speaking on a recent episode of BJPenn.com Radio, Volkanovski divulged that he envisions Edgar giving the champion Holloway some problems in this fight. That being said, Volkanovski believes he’s an even more dangerous test for Holloway than Edgar is.
“I’m not the cocky type, but if Frankie gives Max problems, I’m going to be giving him serious problems,” Volkanovski said on the show. “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.”
In the eyes of many fans, Alex Volkanovski actually deserved a shot at Max Holloway before Frankie Edgar. That being said, Volkanovski says he doesn’t mind being skipped over by Edgar. Besides, he expects to swipe the featherweight belt from the champion — whether its Holloway or Edgar — by year’s end.
“I didn’t see it coming, but look, it is what it is,” he said of being snubbed on a title shot. “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.”
Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway fight at UFC 240 on July 27 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Do you think Alex Volkanovski will take the title from the winner?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/21/2019.