UFC president Dana White says that he is open to UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski moving up to 155lbs in the future.
Volkanovski is the reigning and defending UFC featherweight champion, and he puts his belt on the line again next week at UFC 276 when he takes on Max Holloway in a trilogy fight. For Volkanovski, if he defeats Holloway, he is looking at moving up to lightweight in order to challenge UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira. Although there are still some other fresh challenges left for Volkanovski at 145lbs such as Josh Emmett, Yair Rodriguez, and Arnold Allen, he is looking at challenging Oliveira in order to become a champ-champ and cement his place as an all-time great.
Speaking to The Mac Life in a recent interview, White was asked what he thinks about Volkanovski potentially moving up in weight in order to challenge Oliveira for a second belt. As far as White is concerned, he is open to the idea of Volkanovski moving up to 155lbs if that’s what he wants to do.
“Volkanovski is one of those guys who has earned the respect of everybody by now. It probably makes sense to do this (Holloway trilogy) and put this behind him, and you don’t have to hear about it anymore. That guy can do whatever he wants to do. If he wants to move up and challenge somebody at 155, I’m down for whatever he wants,” White said (via MMAjunkie.com).
Of course, Volkanovski still has to get by Holloway in their trilogy fight, and after how close their rematch was in 2020, there is no guarantee that Volkanovski wins the fight. However, if he does get by his rival in their third fight, then it would certainly make sense for him to move up in weight.
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