Alexander Volkanovski welcomes Conor McGregor matchup: ‘I’m a similar style to Khabib when it comes to the ground’
UFC featherweight contender Alexander Volkanovski is more than welcoming of a potential fight with Conor McGregor in the future.
Volkanovski may have been skipped over by Frankie Edgar for a title shot at UFC 240, but the Aussie expects to challenge for the featherweight title next, whoever his opponent will be.
His preference would be current champion Max Holloway, as it would be a bigger fight for him when it comes to his legacy, and probably money as well. But everyone knows the real money fight in the sport is McGregor.
The Irishman was also the former featherweight champion and while he has not spoken of returning to 145 pounds, it’s a fight that Volkanovski would love to have should he become champion.
“Oh mate, I would love that,” Volkanovski told The Body Lock’s John Hyon Ko. “Again, money, money, money. I know he’s game. I’ll be completely different problems that he’s never dealt with, as well. I’m a pretty bad matchup for him.
“I’m not the type that is just going to come in and he’ll catch me. I’m going to be a lot harder for him to draw me in like that, and then he’s got my wrestling to worry about. Once I get him going and my rhythm, then I’m putting my pressure, then he’s worried about everything. I believe I’m a similar style to Khabib when it comes to the ground and stuff, but I believe I’ve got a whole ‘nother, higher level of striking. But I mean, that’d be some serious money, I’d love that.”
It would certainly be an interesting matchup, but it’s hard to see McGregor ever returning to featherweight. He hasn’t fought there since December 2015 and given the drastic weight cut, it’s probably for the best.
You can see the full interview below:
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