Alexander Volkanovski Offered to Step up on Short Notice at UFC 303

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Alexander Volkanovski seemingly can’t pass on an opportunity to save an Ultimate Fighting Championship card on short notice.


Volkanovski revealed that he recently offered to step up to save the upcoming UFC 303 card. Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler were originally scheduled to headline UFC 303 on June 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas before “Notorious” pulled out due to a broken toe. Rumors of the fight potentially falling off were afloat a week before it became official. Volkanovski was prompt to raise his hand for a short-notice UFC 303 matchup as soon as he heard those rumors.

“A lot happened with this card, obviously Conor McGregor was meant to be on it. I did put my hand up,”Volkanovski recently said on his YouTube channel. “I said, ‘You need a guy?’ I got told, obviously we all heard the whispers as you did… Whispers that they were looking for someone to maybe replace him. So, I was like, ‘Hey, you need someone? You know a guy.’”

The last time Volkanovski stepped up for a short-notice UFC headliner, it didn’t end well for him. Volkanovski replaced Charles Oliveira on 11 days’ notice for a rematch against Islam Makhachev at UFC 294 in October 2023. Volkanovski had fought Makhachev to a gritty unanimous decision loss in their initial encounter at UFC 284 in February 2023. While Volkanovski had since bounced back with a TKO win over Yair Rodriguez, many believed it was too soon for “The Great” to rematch Makhachev. Volkanovski went on to suffer a brutal head-kick knockout in the first round.

Volkanovski then went on to lose his featherweight title in another brutal knockout loss against Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 this past February. In the aftermath of the loss, there was speculation that it was too quick a turnaround for Volkanovski from his knockout loss against Makhachev.

Even the UFC advised Volkanovski to cool things off for a bit when he offered to save the day this time around. However, Volkanovski respects the UFC’s call, as he believes they were concerned about his health.

 
Volkanovski is his own worst enemy and his decision making has expedited his downfall. He's far too nice and doesn't finish enough fights to get the respect his skill and resume has earned. I'll always appreciate Volkanovski as a fighter and a person. Pure class and greatness, at his apex. Father time is undefeated, especially at the lower weight classes. Hopefully he takes some time off and gets some big fights in the future, makes some good money and rides off into the sunset with purpose in the next chapter of his life.
 
Respect to him. Guy is turning 36 soon... people grossly overrate records and "legacy" in this sport where even the top guys are paid embarassingly low compared to other pro athletes. He probably made more in his last card saving loss than he in in his entire career which is the point of prize fighting. Hope he gets a few more before he's done
 
Say what you want about him stepping in to fight Makhachev on short notice, but Volkanovski is a real fighter…

The guy just wants to test himself with the best and doesn’t really seem to care what the outcome is…

We have guys in the UFC who don’t sign on the dotted line because they want more money, don’t have enough time to prepare, are waiting on a title shot, etc….

Volkanovski just wants to fight.
 
Volkanovski is his own worst enemy and his decision making has expedited his downfall. He's far too nice and doesn't finish enough fights to get the respect his skill and resume has earned. I'll always appreciate Volkanovski as a fighter and a person. Pure class and greatness, at his apex. Father time is undefeated, especially at the lower weight classes. Hopefully he takes some time off and gets some big fights in the future, makes some good money and rides off into the sunset with purpose in the next chapter of his life.

Not surprised. First thoughts as replacements were Volk or Max when it was announced Conor is out. But it's better now how the card finally played out imo

Jesus let’s just have Volk fight on every card and never get a full camp


We need more guys like Volk and Pereira. The anywhere, anytime type guys.
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Volkanovski is his own worst enemy and his decision making has expedited his downfall. He's far too nice and doesn't finish enough fights to get the respect his skill and resume has earned. I'll always appreciate Volkanovski as a fighter and a person. Pure class and greatness, at his apex. Father time is undefeated, especially at the lower weight classes. Hopefully he takes some time off and gets some big fights in the future, makes some good money and rides off into the sunset with purpose in the next chapter of his life.
He might do better than he's shown in the last few fights but his best days are behind him. I don't like his career choices. In his prime the guys was a beast.
 
Volkanovski is his own worst enemy and his decision making has expedited his downfall. He's far too nice and doesn't finish enough fights to get the respect his skill and resume has earned. I'll always appreciate Volkanovski as a fighter and a person. Pure class and greatness, at his apex. Father time is undefeated, especially at the lower weight classes. Hopefully he takes some time off and gets some big fights in the future, makes some good money and rides off into the sunset with purpose in the next chapter of his life.

Guy is past the point of no return age-wise and is 1-3 in his last 4 coming off two consecutive KO losses. If he somehow could have turned that situation into another PPV payday from a desperate UFC, that wouldn't be stupid, that would be smart.
 
Volk is a real warrior, but he better rest for awhile, or he may end up like Chuck Liddell. If he stepped up against Chandler and got KO'd again, he's getting close to his career going downhill fast. Chandler is no joke, and can't be taken lightly. Stick to your own weight class and try to get your belt back. That's how I see it anyhow.
 
He’s a legend and deserves all of the credit and respect that is thrown his way , but I’m glad it didn’t happen this time around after the results of his last 2 outings
 
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