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Oliveira or Makhachev? This is who backup Volkanovski preferes!



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Dominant featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is the backup fighter for the main event at UFC 280. Photo: USA Today Sports

Alexander Volkanovski recently revealed that he will be the backup for the lightweight title fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev at UFC 280.

“We’re locked in as a backup fighter,” Volkanovski said on his YouTube channel. “I’ve been calling it, I said I wanted it, just had to make sure the hand was all good, so we’re all good. We’re locked in, and we got the clearance to fight.”

Recently visiting MMA Hour, the dominant featherweight champion revealed who of the tough top ranked lightweights he would rather fight.

“I’d say Charles would be the better opponent,” Volkanovski said. “People say stylistically yeah, but obviously there’s a lot of hype around Charles. Everyone considers him the champ, so then if I beat him then everyone’s going to consider me the champion.”

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Alexander Volkanovski “It’s a bigger fight”

In the interview, Alexander Volkanovski made a case why winning over Makhachev would not add to his legacy in the same way as defeating the former champion Oliveira would.

“If I was to face Islam, I’m sure people would still say I’m champ, but I’m still going to have to beat Charles. You face Charles, it’s a bigger fight, because he’s got a lot of hype on him,” Volkanovski said.

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