Alexander Volkanovski expresses he’s in a “no strain headspace” in front of his out of the blue early re-match against lightweight top dog Islam Makhachev.
The Australian was vaulted into the headliner at UFC 294 after Charles Oliveira’s choice to pull out from his battle against Makhachev (24-1), in the wake of enduring slashes over his right eye in the last phases of instructional course.
Volkanovski (26-2) burned through no time in acknowledging the demand, despite the fact that it implies only 11 days to get ready for what is molding as the greatest battle of his vocation. However, while many are zeroing in on the negatives of such a short instructional course, the 35-year-old featherweight champion accepts there are a lot of benefits to his last minute call up.
“Everybody brings up every one of the cons, and there’s a ton of them, however there’s most certainly stars at the reality it’s such a surprising bit of news,” Volkanovski told ESPN. “The way that I’m new, intellectually and genuinely, will be unbelievable. I haven’t had the tension all camp. I haven’t had the tension of going through every one of these strategies. Battling is the simple aspect [and] I get to go out there and in a real sense do this simple, fun part.
“Arrangement, it ain’t enjoyable. Try not to misunderstand me, I’m focused, I will make it happen. Assuming you see me train during camp, that is difficult work. In any case, I didn’t need to deplete myself with these wounds. I get to go out there with not an imprint on me, new and full of life.
“I’ve never had such an unmistakable vision to what I will do in there, which appears to be unusual in light of the fact that I’ve had such a short measure of time. [In other fights] I’m getting ready for just terrible. I lack opportunity and energy to plan for the most awful and I’m nailing in on what I really want to do. In the event that there’s anybody that can take this battle without prior warning’s, me, and when I proceed to get my hand raised, everybody will be viewing at this as a gift. ‘Multi day-notice Volk’ is a perilous man.”
Makhachev and Volkanovski delivered one of the battles of the year when they ventured into the Octagon at UFC 284 in February. After five profoundly engaging and swelling adjusts it was Makhachev who gotten the appointed authorities’ gesture, yet in a nearby consistent choice. The misfortune was Volkanovski’s most memorable in 10 years.
Volkanovski has since gotten back to winning ways with a third-round technical knockout of Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290 in July. It was the Australian’s fifth fruitful featherweight title safeguard; the second most in division history. In the mean time, Makhachev has been latent, and the following end of the week’s battle in Abu Dhabi against Volkanovski will be his first since getting the better of the Australian in Perth.
“I’ve had him at the forefront of my thoughts a fair piece,” Volkanovski said of Makhachev. “There’s most certainly a lot of things I detract from [the first fight]. There was a great deal I can do any other way, and I realize that even while I was in the Octagon. I understand what I really want to do. Islam, I’m falling off the sofa, you better take care of business since being a flat out bad dream for you is going.”
Regardless of the outcome when they last met, ESPN has Volkanovski positioned as the No. 1 pound-for-pound warrior on the planet, with Makhachev at No. 2. Yet, neutralizing Volkanovski is the way that no warrior in UFC history has come out on top for a division championship subsequent to being a substitution without prior warning.
“That is simply something more I can say I’ve done and no other person has; that energizes me considerably more,” Volhanovski told ESPN. “I’ve demonstrated endlessly time again that I ain’t simply your normal warrior. I have that confidence in me. The greater the test the more it gets me started up. I couldn’t say whether it’s a self image thing, yet I know I’m the perfect person for this work.
“Assuming I go out there, face this challenge and things don’t go to design, me having that chance again is gone. There’s a ton on the line for me, yet on the off chance that I go out there and do what I anticipate doing, we’re talking the heritage taking a monstrous ascent. You’re truly isolating yourself from the rest.
You’re truly doing things that nobody would do. I’m in a position where I get to demonstrate I’m that person. I ensure I get to stun the world one week from now.”