UFC 242: Alexander Volkanovski Says if Title Shot Snub Had to Happen, He’s “Glad” it Was For Frankie Edgar
By FCF Staff
Alexander Volkanovski’s obviously not happy about being passed over for a title shot. But, the rising featherweight admits if it had to happen, he’s glad it was done for Frankie Edgar.
Prior to facing Jose Aldo last month at UFC 237, Volkanovski argued that if he beat the legend, a title fight had to come his way. Then, after the Australian defended Aldo by decision, he repeated that claim.
Ultimately, however, the former lightweight champ Edgar was booked to face the reigning 145 king, Max Holloway, on July 27th. While discussing what transpired during a recent episode of Submission Radio, Volkanovski said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Obviously I was dirty on it,” Volkanovski said. “Like, what the hell? But, you know, again, I always try and stay positive. Even when you’re in a hospital bed worrying about your leg being chopped off, getting the title off you, you know what I mean? I was hit pretty hard all at once. But at the same time I was like, well, it is what it is, I’m still looking, let’s get this leg better. I still want that title by the end of the year. So, you know, that still looks like that’s the plans anyway. So, let them fight.
“If anyone was gonna grass cut the title in front of me I’m glad it was Frankie. Frankie was someone that does deserve it. He’s been around, he’s done great things for the sport, he is a top bloke. So, good on him. But at the same time, if he wins or someone gets injured on July 26th, I’m filling in for that spot and I’ll take that title on. I’ll be ready. I’m gonna fight fit, I’m gonna stay on weight. But if not, whoever wins can take me on later that year. I want that belt before the end of 2019. That’s my goal. So one more fight and I want that belt before the end of the year.”
Volkanovski, who was temporarily hospitalized not long after his win over Aldo due to a blood infection, holds a record of 20-1.