Alexander Volkanovski
The Great

Australia

Fighting Holloway at UFC 245
FeatherweightUFC
September 21, 2019
Volkanovski will face off against Max Holloway for the featherweight championship UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski is a perfect 7-0 under the UFC banner, and made a statement with his most recent win in dominant fashion over Jose Aldo in May -- a fight which took place in Aldo's native Brazil. While Volkanovski is usually happy to rely on the takedown -- he averages 2.78 per 15 minutes of fight time -- he put on a striking clinic in the Aldo matchup, winning the battle of significant strikes 95 to 29. While he's only surpassed 100 significant strikes once, he does average 6.11 landed per minute, which makes him one of the few featherweights even close to Holloway's stellar mark of 6.78. Volkanovski's takedowns will be hard to come by against the champion, who sports a solid 84 percent takedown defense as well. This fight will seemingly need to be won on the feet, where Volkanovski will own a two-inch reach advantage despite being five inches shorter. Holloway also has activity on his side, as he's already fought three times in 2019 compared to just once for Volkanovski. Look for Volkanovski to enter as the betting underdog.
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Weighs in as UFC 240 alternate
FeatherweightUFC
July 26, 2019
Volkanovski will serve as an insurance policy for the UFC 240 main event after weighing in at 144.5 pounds Friday morning, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski defeated Jose Aldo in convincing fashion in his last fight, leading many to believe he would be next in line for a shot at Max Holloway's featherweight title. While Holloway will be fighting Frankie Edgar instead Saturday night, the UFC was wise to bring Volkanovski up to Edmonton as an insurance policy in case anything were to happen with either main-event combatants. While it's looking like everything will move forward as scheduled, this essentially signifies that if Holloway wins as a (-400) betting favorite, it will be Volkanovski that's next in line. Furthermore, it appears Volkanovski has fully recovered from a scary blood clot and resulting complications that occurred after his UFC 237 victory over Aldo.
Returns home after infection scare
FeatherweightUFC
May 20, 2019
Volkanovski returned home to Australia on Monday morning following an extended hospital stay in Chile due to a foot infection, Fernanda Prates of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski's commute home from Brazil was disrupted after a foot infection was discovered, resulting an an extended stay in a Chilean hospital. Fortunately for the top featherweight contender, the situation didn't spread to any key tendons, though it's currently unclear what his timetable for a return is. Volkanovski should have some time on the shelf prior to his next fight, as he'd be wise to hold out for a title shot. It's already been announced that champion Max Holloway will next face Frankie Edgar on July 27, but provided Holloway wins as a big favorite, a late-2019 fight against Volkanovski would likely be in the cards.
Condition stabilizing
FeatherweightUFC
May 16, 2019
According to his manager, Volkanovski has responded to treatment and is in stable condition at a hospital in Santiago, Chile, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski will remain at the hospital for an additional 48 hours for precautionary reasons, but after that he is expected to be cleared to travel home. The health scare, along with the news he'll be passed over for the next title shot, has led to a bittersweet ending to his weekend in Brazil, though he remains in a great spot career-wise. The former Australian Rugby League standout will have plenty of time to recover before booking his next fight, which will likely be a title shot in late-2019.
Dealing with blood infection
FeatherweightUFC
May 14, 2019
Volkanovski (20-1-0) is receiving treatment at a hospital in Santiago, Chile after developing a blood infection following his unanimous-decision victory over Jose Aldo (28-4-0) on Saturday at UFC 237, Ariel Helawni of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Shortly after the fight concluded, Volkanovski complained of sore feet as he was departing Rio de Janeiro in preparation for a flight home to Australia. After his flight stopped in Santiago for a layover, Volkanovski developed a fever and experienced increased swelling in his foot, prompting an emergency hospital visit. It's unclear when Volkanovski will be discharged, but his manager, Rhys Dal Cin, said the 30-year-old is in "good spirits" and awaiting further results on his blood tests. Once the medical scare is behind him, Volkanovski will likely turn his focus toward preparing for his next fight, but he won't immediately receive a shot at the featherweight belt. Title holder Max Holloway has already been booked for a July 27 match with Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 in Edmonton.
Defeats Jose Aldo, title shot next?
FeatherweightUFC
May 11, 2019
Volkanovski defeated Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
As both Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz said on the broadcast, it was a flawless effort from Volkanovski. He easily beat Aldo to the punch in virtually all the striking exchanges between the two men, and he wisely pinned the Brazilian up against the fence in the later stages of each round in order to ensure the judge's gave him the frame. Volkanovski was credited with a 129-39 edge in total strikes landed, unofficially. A stoppage win would have been nice for fantasy owners, but the Aussie did everything you could have asked for and more, not to mention he accomplished it all in hostile territory. A perfect 3-0 in the UFC and the winner of 17 consecutive fights overall, it's overwhelmingly likely that Volkanovski will be fighting for the UFC Featherweight Championship by the end of 2019 (though Frankie Edgar may have something to say about that). If it is Volkanovski, he certainly has the power and foot speed to potentially give Max Holloway a whole bunch of problems.