Former Final Preventing Championship (UFC) Light-weight champion Frankie Edgar has been lobbying for his shot on the Featherweight strap at present held by Max Holloway. The one downside is, “The Reply” is at present sidelined with an damage, whereas “Blessed” is trying to turn into the promotion’s subsequent champ-champ at UFC 236 (particulars).
Apart from that, Alexander Volkanovski has emerged as a high contender within the 145-pound weight class. And to listen to him inform it, ought to he get rid of former 145-pound king Jose Aldo at UFC 237 on Could 11, the championship battle ought to go to him.
As a result of there are not any sympathy title pictures on the earth of combined martial arts (MMA).
“(Edgar is) dreaming if he thinks I’d take out Aldo in his hometown after which he will get a shot in entrance of me,” Volkanovski informed MMA Junkie. “Certainly that simply doesn’t make sense. I really feel unhealthy for him, as a result of I do know he deserves it, particularly with the entire (Brian) Ortega factor that occurred. However this sport might be so unforgiving, man. However do now we have sympathy on the market simply to let him have a title shot? I don’t assume so. It’s unlucky. I really feel sorry, however mate, I’m the man.”
Since making his UFC debut in 2016, Volkanovski has been on a tear, successful all six of his fights, together with his most up-to-date destruction of Chad Mendes at UFC 232 (recap right here). With just one spot separating Edgar and Alex within the official UFC rankings, Volkanovski believes he’ll get the nod over Edgar.
However ought to the division be placed on maintain if Max wins the interim Light-weight strap in just a few weeks, Alex says he ought to undoubtedly be one half of the equation if an interim belt comes into play.
“We all know how this sport works now. What number of interim titles are there? I’m not throwing shade on the fellows organizing that, however it’s taking place rather a lot, and I’m anticipating it to occur to me,” Volkanovski mentioned. “If Holloway wins, and he desires to battle Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and wait round, give me the interim. You’re throwing them round – give me one,” he added.
“However I’m not going to attend round. I’m virtually sure I get the subsequent shot after this battle. I beat Aldo in his hometown, no one’s received a greater declare.”
Volkanovski vs. Edgar for the interim title sounds appetizing.
First issues first, Alex nonetheless must get via the residing legend Aldo, who most just lately scored consecutive wins for the primary since since 2014 by obliterating Renato Moicano after knocking out Jeremy Stephens months prior.
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