- Alexander Volkanovski doesn’t seem to love swimming
- Friends mocked UFC superstar in footage uploaded to X
- The Australian has agreed to fight Islam Makhachev in UFC 294
- The replay was widely admired as it took place just 11 days in advance
It takes a lot to upset UFC superstar Alex Volkanovski – but it seems the man they call “The Big One” isn’t a big fan of open water.
In a video shared on the Home of Fight page about XThe 35-year-old Australian wasn’t in the mood for a quick swim with his team due to some recent stitches.
They could be heard playfully mocking Volkanovski and joking that his next fight opponent, Islam Makhachev, would step in without hesitation.
This comes after Volkanovski, dubbed the king of the featherweight division, shocked the world this week by agreeing to fight again at UFC 294 on just 11 days’ notice.
“Volk” will have another chance to secure “champ-champ” status after narrowly defeating Makhachev by controversial decision at UFC 284 in Perth this year.
It takes a lot to upset UFC superstar Alex Volkanovski – but it seems he’s not a big fan of open water
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Replaying the feared Russians in Abu Dhabi will also reportedly come with a significant pay rise for the former New South Wales south coast rugby league standout.
Meanwhile, Makhachev’s coach Javier Mendez believes Volkanovski will use a different tactic in his quest for revenge.
“He’ll do more,” Mendez said Submission Radio.
“He will take risks, definitely more than last time.”
“He’s not going to worry about the takedowns because he obviously came off the ground last time and did his best work on the ground too, not standup.”
“So he won’t be afraid of anything.” He will throw.
“He won’t be too careful either. “He’ll just come at us because he feels like he can handle anything if he has to throw. ‘
Mendez went on to say that Makhachev wanted to silence any doubters who claimed he lost the February fight against Volkanovski.
This comes after Volkanovski, dubbed the king of the featherweight division, shocked the world this week by agreeing to a rematch in UFC 294 against the Russian on just 11 days’ notice
“This is the fight that I felt needed to happen,” he said.
“I wanted that for myself.” Because I felt like there were unfinished business. Not that I thought, “Oh, we didn’t win.” We won. And in my eyes we clearly won. We won clearly.
“In everyone’s eyes, when they watch it, turn down the volume, watch the fight… you will see that Islam won the majority in every round.”
“Aside from the last 45 seconds of the fifth round, he definitely lost that one.”
“But other than that he won.” I just want clarity.
“And Islam, in my opinion, deserves to be number one pound for pound. And that will justify it.”