Alexander Volkanovski has been dominating the featherweight division.
This Saturday in Las Vegas, Volkanovski, also known as “The Great,” will headline UFC 290 as the undisputed champion. After a failed lightweight title attempt in February, Volkanovski returns to the division where he has made a name for himself. His opponent will be the interim title holder from Mexico, Yair Rodriguez, who is currently on an impressive winning streak. While Volkanovski’s loss in the lightweight division disrupted the possibility of becoming a double champion, it didn’t affect his featherweight title reign. One fighter who had been hoping for a shot at Volkanovski this year was the former flyweight and bantamweight champion, Henry Cejudo. Cejudo had frequently referred to Volkanovski as “The Average” and aimed to take a third divisional title from him upon returning from retirement. However, Cejudo’s plans were derailed by a split decision loss to the current bantamweight king, Aljamain Sterling, in May.
Now, Cejudo is singing Volkanovski’s praises and believes that a victory against Rodriguez can elevate the Australian fighter to a whole new level. Cejudo expressed his thoughts on his YouTube channel, stating, “Where does a win like this put Alexander Volkanovski? What would you rank him? Would he eventually surpass a guy like Jose Aldo? My answer, guys, is 100 percent.”
Aldo has long been regarded as the featherweight division’s greatest of all time by fans, fighters, and pundits in the MMA community. To earn his shot at the title, Volkanovski had to defeat Aldo in enemy territory, which he accomplished with a unanimous decision victory. Currently, Volkanovski has defeated every other 145-pound UFC champion except for Conor McGregor.
Volkanovski has demonstrated his ambition to achieve greatness, as evidenced by his fight with lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. Despite losing by unanimous decision, Volkanovski’s performance garnered significant support, allowing him to retain his top spot in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Volkanovski still hopes for a rematch with Makhachev in the near future to make up for their initial encounter. Apart from one notable name in the featherweight division, Cejudo and many others don’t see many significant challenges remaining for Volkanovski. Cejudo mentioned Ilia Topuria as a potential opponent but questioned whether Topuria is prepared to face an experienced fighter like Volkanovski, given the height and speed differences between them.
Cejudo concluded by stating that if Volkanovski overcomes Rodriguez, he should face Topuria before moving up to the lightweight division for another title shot.
In other news, Conor McGregor’s potential return to the UFC is still uncertain as he has not re-entered the UFC anti-doping program. Nate Diaz responded to critics who claimed he has brain damage from fighting, and Robbie Lawler revealed the fears he had in making the decision to retire.
That’s all for this edition of the Morning Report. Thank you for reading, and have a great day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about featherweight GOAT
Who is Henry Cejudo?
What is the significance of Alexander Volkanovski’s fight at UFC 290?
Alexander Volkanovski, the reigning featherweight champion, is headlining UFC 290. This fight is important as it determines his status in the division and his potential legacy.
How does Henry Cejudo view Alexander Volkanovski?
Henry Cejudo initially criticized Volkanovski but now recognizes him as the potential featherweight GOAT (Greatest of All Time) if he defeats Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290.
Who is considered the featherweight GOAT?
For a long time, Jose Aldo has been widely regarded as the featherweight division’s GOAT. However, Cejudo and others believe that Volkanovski has the potential to surpass Aldo’s legacy.
What challenges remain for Alexander Volkanovski in the featherweight division?
Cejudo and many others don’t see many significant challenges for Volkanovski in the featherweight division, except for a potential fight against Ilia Topuria. However, Volkanovski still hopes for a rematch with Islam Makhachev, the lightweight champion.
Will Alexander Volkanovski move up to the lightweight division?
If Volkanovski successfully defends his title against Yair Rodriguez, Cejudo suggests that he should face Topuria before considering a move up to the lightweight division for another title shot.