Volkanovski explains why AJ McKee is not the best FW in the world
UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has explained why AJ McKee cannot be considered the tallest 145-pound fighter in the world.
In one of the most anticipated Bellator fights in history, McKee and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire faced off in the main event of the Bellator 263. With a grand prize of $ 1 million and the featherweight belt in play, the challenger gave the performance of his life.
Within two minutes of the start of the first round, McKee caught Freire with a clean header, before dropping him with an uppercut. Although he initially sought to celebrate, the 26-year-old returned for the murder as “Pitbull” rose to his feet and claimed the memorable victory by means of a standing guillotine choke.
But despite McKee’s performance at Bellator 263, the UFC’s top featherweight apparently didn’t see enough to include “Mercenary” in the discussion of the world’s best in the weight class.
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Volkanovski discussed the 26-year-old sensation and said that while he doesn’t have bad feelings towards McKee, he’s not the first fighter outside the UFC to claim they’re the best. of the planet.
“I have nothing against the guy. Obviously, I heard people say the same thing just a few months ago. I get guys on my Instagram who will say, “I’m the best featherweight in the world. I wanna fight, you know what I mean? You’re going to have people all over the world, guys who don’t even practice telling me the same thing, so you can’t take that to heart.
But despite numerous calls for McKee to challenge some of the best in the UFC, Volkanovski suggested the newly crowned champion can’t skip the line of “killers” in the UFC’s 145-pound division by succeeding at Bellator.
“For him, even having this opportunity to go fight the UFC champion, obviously, it wouldn’t be fair. Look at the row of killers I had to (fight) to get to the champion, the same guys who are in the top 10. Absolute killers in the UFC. And they have to fight to try to reach the top. No offense, but competition, let’s be honest, it’s a little different.
The Australian then admitted featherweight champion Bellator was a top contender, but said the UFC was a step forward. He added that champions from other promotions cannot immediately compete with UFC title holders like him.
“Is he high level? Yeah maybe. But you can fight (Bellator) guys and then get a forehand at the top… yeah, man, I wish I was in another promotion before I got to the UFC and have a chance against the champion, the UFC champion, but that’s not how things work.
“But again, fair play for him, but at the same time… I ended up seeing the highlights of the fight… he looked good. He did well. But at the same time, it’s a whole different ball game.
As McKee contemplates his reign as champion Bellator, Volkanovski will look to pursue his when he takes on Brian Ortega at UFC 266. In the à la carte headliner, the two current TUF coaches will settle their differences at inside the Octagon. . After beating Max Holloway twice in his last two appearances, Volkanovski will aim to win another of the division’s top contenders on September 25.
In the other championship fight on the card, Valentina Shevchenko will face Lauren Murphy in the sixth defense of her flyweight gold. Perhaps the main talking point leading up to the PPV will be the return of Nick Diaz. He’ll be in action for the first time in over six years when he takes on Robbie Lawler next month.
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