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This weekend (Sat. July 8, 2023), Alexander Volkanovski will pursue his fifth UFC title defense opposite interim kingpin Yair Rodriguez in the main event of UFC 290 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Most recently, Volkanovski attempted to claim double champion status, jumping up to Lightweight in a bid to upset Islam Makhachev.
As the reigning Featherweight king, Volkanovski has a lot on his plate if he’s able to get passed “Pantera.” He wants a rematch with Makhachev, but there are also Featherweight elites rising through the ranks like Ilia Topuria. Then, there’s Aljamain Sterling, the reigning Bantamweight kingpin who’s planning to move up to 145 lbs. after his next title defense.
Fortunately for “Funkmaster,” Volkanovski confirmed that he’s open to that fight. Provided Sterling does defeat Sean O’Malley at UFC 292, Volkanovski is willing to grant him a title shot.
“Yeah for sure,” Alexander Volkanovski responded when asked about fighting Sterling (via BJPenn.com). “I think if he goes out there and takes out Sean, he’s definitely paid his dues. How many title defenses would that be? Four? Yeah, so there you go.”
He continued, “I think so, he’s a big dude. But obviously, he’s got a tough, tough fight ahead of him. But yeah, that’s another possible fight. There are plenty of options, and again I want to be active. So cool, keep it rolling.”
In short, there’s an awful lot on the line for Sterling in August.
The official UFC 291 poster is actually a little different than normal. Huzzah!
Some Spotify executive is sweating right now, and he isn’t sure why.
Yair Rodriguez’s new belt is Jose Aldo approved! On that note, I respect that “Pantera” is flaunting his gold. Interim or not, belts aren’t easy to come by!
Alex Pereira got taken down by a well-timed double leg, BET THE HOUSE AGAINST HIM!
Jesus its not looks good https://t.co/h7MMBQQsl0— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) July 5, 2023
Sometimes, acknowledging that a shot snuck through is the only option.
Gaston Bolanos is out of his planned sophomore UFC fight.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
If nothing else, Val Woodburn at least has a puncher’s chance this weekend!
Yelling at your opponent as you beat his ass just seems cruel.
My favorite thing about Dricus du Plessis is that fans commonly accuse him of having terrible cardio, yet he routinely outlasts his opponents.
July 2, 2022— Ocelot MMA (@Ocelot_MMA) July 4, 2023
Displays insane cardio Vs Brad Tavares
Throwing powerful strikes for the full fight
Won Via UD (29–28, 29–28, 29–28). pic.twitter.com/6b8O5CXZjk
Midnight Music: The final music pick from Mom for a couple weeks,
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.