Famed UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway charges Australian challenger Alex Volkanovksi as a harmful fighter, however stays targeted on changing into one of many all-time greats.
Volkanovski, who performed rugby league for a number of years on the NSW South Coast, will function in one in all three world title fights on the large UFC 245 card in Las Vegas on Sunday (AEDT).
The 31-year-old Australian is on a 17-fight MMA profitable streak spanning six years.
Hawaiian Holloway has dominated the featherweight division lately together with his solely loss in his final 15 fights coming in a better division.
Volkanovski has earned a title shot in his eighth struggle in simply over three years beneath the UFC banner.
“He is a harmful man,” Holloway stated of Volkanovski.
“There’s quite a lot of questions he presents – the ability is one, endurance is one, his strain is one other.”
Volkanovksi has by no means been pressured past the fourth spherical in a UFC struggle, however is assured he might go the 5 spherical distance if required.
“I’ve obtained the gasoline tank, I actually do. That is one factor I haven’t got to fret about,” Volkanovski advised AAP.
“I’ve obtained a very good recreation plan, I simply want to remain targeted. Do not fall into his rhythm, keep in my rhythm.
“I will take what’s in entrance of me. I ain’t gonna go in for the kill and take any dangers.
“However on the similar time, I believe he will put himself in quite a lot of dangerous conditions (and) I consider I will put him away.”
Volkanovski will begin as underdog towards a fighter who’s ranked No.7 within the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, with aspirations of rising a lot increased.
“I need to be No.1 pound for pound fighter on the planet. I need to be one of many greats of all time,” 28-year-old Holloway stated.
With Robert Whittaker lately deposed as middleweight champion, Australia would not have a UFC title holder. Volkanovski is assured he can fill that gap.
“As soon as I take that belt I will be the man everybody in Australia that everybody is speaking about,” Volkanovski stated.
Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman defends his belt towards Colby Covington, and feminine featherweight and bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes will defend the latter title towards Germaine De Randamie.