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Dana White: ‘It makes sense’ for Alexander Volkanovski to get next lightweight title shot

UFC 276: Volkanovski v Holloway 3 Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Alexander Volkanovski appears to be the next champion to get an opportunity at a second divisional title.

The current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight kingpin revealed last week that he’s officially set to be the backup fighter for UFC 280’s big vacant Lightweight title tilt when Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev finally collide this weekend (Sat., Oct. 22, 2022).

Originally, the expectation was for Beneil Dariush — who fights Mateusz Gamrot earlier that night — to act as the potential replacement fighter. Volkanovski quickly put that to bed, stating he’ll be getting paid for his weight-cutting efforts come fight night. With the role, he expects he’ll now be in line for a shot at the title fight’s winner regardless of the outcome.

UFC President, Dana White, spoke on My Mom’s Basement today (Mon., Oct. 17, 2022) and responded to Volkanovski’s sentiment, saying, “It makes sense.” Therefore, it looks like poor Dariush will only be further slighted by the 145-pound titlist should he extend his win streak to eight.

Volkanovski is no stranger to the Lightweight division, having fought the majority of his first 15 fights at the weight. With only one loss on his 26-fight record, “The Great’s” lone defeat came in a 2013 Welterweight affair. Volkanovski’s last win came in July 2022, defeating Max Holloway for the third time in a dominant unanimous decision effort (watch highlights).

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 280 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPNEWS/ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET, then the remaining undercard (also on ESPNEWS/ESPN+) at 12 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 280: “Oliveira vs. Makhachev” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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