UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski is writing a children’s book.
“The book is all about teaching kids discipline, the right morals and work ethic, and a bit of my story thrown in there,” the Australian native told ABC.
“A lot of parents will come up to me and say: ‘My kid looks up to you’.
“This book is something I can be proud of and is what I’m all about. If I can give back to kids it means a lot to me.”
The 31-year-old became the first fighter born in Australia to win a UFC belt when he defeated the previous featherweight champion Hawaiian Max Holloway at UFC 245.
Alex Volkanovski will return to the Octagon on July 11 as part of the UFC’s much-hyped Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, where he’ll be defending his title in a rematch against Holloway.
The UFC 145-pound champion hopes the book will debunk the image that people think of when they hear the words “MMA fighter.”
“People always ask me: ‘What is your image?’ or ‘What is your brand?’ In this career you get told what to do a lot. They want a blueprint of Conor McGregor,” Volkanovski said.
“We get portrayed as thugs sometimes and there are a lot of us who aren’t anything like that.”
The upcoming UFC 251 fight card looks like this:
Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns – 170 lbs
A. Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway – 145 lbs
Petr Yan vs. José Aldo – 135 lbs
Jéssica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas – 115 lbs
Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas – 125 lbs
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiří Procházka – 205 lbs
Elizeu Zaleski vs. Muslim Salikhov – 170 lbs
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry – 145 lbs
Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov – 155 lbs
Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov – 265 lbs
Z. Zhumagulov vs. Raulian Paiva – 125 lbs
Vanessa Melo vs. Karol Rosa – 135 lbs
Martin Day vs. Davey Grant – 135 lbs