Volkanovski claims win over Makhachev opens door to McGregor fight

‘Conor McGregor knows there’s an opportunity there’: Alexander Volkanovski claims win over Islam Makhachev would open door for Irishman to have lightweight title shot

  • Alexander Volkanovski is set to fight Islam Makhachev for lightweight title 
  • He is stepping up a division but could open up more huge opportunities 
  • Conor McGregor has bulked up during his time away and could have chance
  • Volkanovski is interested in the fight despite Irishman’s recent record  

Alexander Volkanovski has opened the door for Conor McGregor to have a title shot, if the Australian beats Islam Makhachev. 

It seems inevitable now that the pound-for-pound No 1 will move up a division to lock horns with the newly-crowed lightweight champion. 

Volkanovski, who was the reserve for Makhachev’s win over Charles Oliveira, has dominated at featherweight and is now preparing for a homecoming bout against the Russian. 

Alexander Volkanovski will be moving up from featherweight to take on Islam Makhachev

McGregor has bulked up since losing against Dustin Poirier twice and breaking his leg 

Dana White is targeting the Australia card at UFC 284 for their showdown and McGregor had his say online. 

He tweeted Volkanovski: ‘My two old belts. On two little ticks. This fight does 10 buys.

The dig at Volkanovski sparked a response from the Aussie, who used McGregor’s own words against him in a reply.

‘A former wise man once said,’ he replied to a previous McGregor tweet, which said ‘winners focus on winning. Losers focus winners’.

‘Notorious’ quickly changed the topic of conversation and said he was happy for the Aussie and that ‘this is not over’.

McGregor then offered Volkanovski advice on how he should approach his lightweight debut against Makhachev.

‘I was in your exact spot one time don’t forget. 145 coming up. Good luck,’ he wrote.

‘I’d say go heavier. Rugby days. Be a bowling ball. That’s how I’d do it as you. Your condition right now as I see it, I don’t know. But bowling ball style for you for best chance.’

And it is no surprise to Volkanovski that McGregor started talking on Twitter, as he sniffs a potential opportunity. 

Volkanovski is the pound-for-pound No 1 and will have the chance to win a second belt 

He added: ‘I’ve touched on the fact that he was the featherweight champion and he’s the only featherweight champion I haven’t beaten. 

‘So obviously that fight means something to me as well as well as the money that’s involved and all that type of stuff. You know the whole circus around him, which would be entertaining and fun – I’d enjoy it. 

‘So all that type of stuff will be great, but there’s still a deeper sort of meaning to that fight than just that. I think he knows that, as well.’

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