Alexander Volkanovski says he wants to complete bitter rival Max Holloway to cement his legacy as the best featherweight of all time.
Volkanovski, 33, is at the moment placing the ending touches to his coaching camp forward of his trilogy battle with Holloway, 30, whom he’ll face on July 2.
The pair will meet once more for the third and probably last time subsequent month within the co-main occasion of UFC 276 on the T-Cell Area in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Regardless of at the moment boasting two wins over his rival, there are nonetheless some followers who argue that Holloway gained one if not each of their earlier two fights.
However the UFC featherweight champion is aware of a powerful victory over his predecessor will solidify his declare to be one in every of historical past’s best MMA fighters.
“I am gonna go on the market and I plan on placing a beating on him this time,” he informed a press convention.
“I plan on placing a beating on him this time. I actually do need to set an announcement, clearly get a end or actually get that dominant win will certainly assist that legacy that I would like as effectively. That is one thing I felt like I’ve all the time talked about, that I need to show to folks. The chance’s right here and I am gonna take it.”
Volkanovski began coaching in blended martial arts round Could 2012 and have become a UFC fighter by November 2016.
Nevertheless, there are nonetheless some who query his credentials as a champion.
However Volkanovski insists he does not care one bit about that anymore.
He added: “I do not care. I do not care about that now. That is not why I took this battle.
“It wasn’t simply to close them guys up. I did initially need this trilogy to close folks up, however proper now, it is not about that. This battle is gonna be a legacy battle for me, and there is gonna be haters it doesn’t matter what you do.
“Even after this one, if I am going on the market and do what I plan on doing, there are nonetheless gonna be haters. There are nonetheless gonna be folks saying stuff. We won’t fear about that.
“I’ve used all of it as gas to get me the place I’m, however proper now it is about me and placing myself in a great place after this one.
“I plan on going on the market and actually placing work on him. Once more, he is a terrific fighter. I will give him a whole lot of credit score, he is that primary contender, he is achieved nice issues on this division – the explanation he is even getting a trilogy.
“I feel actually taking him out once more will actually put my identify on the market and lift that bar much more for me, put me in so much higher place. So, that is why I am taking this battle, to not shut folks up. It’ll style good to close folks up on the similar time, however that is not my predominant drive proper now.
However we’re right here. We’ll silence them. But when they need to maintain yapping, let ’em.”
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