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UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has accused the division of holding him up as he prepares for a venture up to lightweight.

It’s been said before and it needs to be repeated – Alexander Volkanovski is the pound-for-pound best fighter in mixed martial arts today.

‘The Great’ has knocked off Max Holloway three times, Chan Sung Jung, Jose Aldo, Brian Ortega, and the list goes on from there.

He’s been so dominant, in fact, that there really is no clear number one contender to challenge him for the gold right now.

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He’s looking towards something even greater for his next bout and when asked about whether he was holding up the division in a recent interview, Volkanovski pushed back against that idea.

Video: Alexander Volkanovski lays down the law

“If I’m gonna keep anyone waiting, I’ll keep the people that are waiting for a title shot. They can wait,” Volkanovski said. “I don’t wanna hold up any divisions, but like I’ve said, I feel like my division is holding me up, otherwise I would’ve fought already. Even with a broken hand, you’d have seen me fighting this year most likely.”

“You think I’d fight every three months [to keep both divisions active]? Have I not proven that I would? I just put myself in a position that I know no one else would.

“Let’s remember, I was willing to fight anybody, whoever I had to, [at UFC 280] after a surgery on my hand. How much more do I have to prove it?

“I’ve proved that I’m gonna be active. I want to fight every few months. I didn’t put myself in position to make sure I lock myself in [at lightweight] for no reason. There’s a reason, I don’t want to wait around. I want to be active. I’m in my peak right now.”

Achieving the improbable

Alexander Volkanovski has done some wonderful things in his MMA career, but he’ll have to step things up to a whole new level if he wants to take the UFC lightweight championship away from Islam Makhachev.

That’s what he’s said he wants to try and do and although Makhachev will be the clear favourite, it’s hard to imagine Volk going down without a fight.

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They are reportedly lining this contest up for UFC 284 in February, which will take place in Perth, setting up a tremendous homecoming for one of Australia’s greatest fighting sons.

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