Alexander Volkanovski convinced that he would beat Makhachev in featherweight
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UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski wants a rematch with Islam Makhachev. Volkanovski believes that he deserved the victory in the match that is behind us, and he also couldn't help but mention the categories.
“A lot of people thought I won that fight, I thought I won that fight, and I moved up,” Volkanovski said on The MMA Hour. “We’re talking about pound-for-pound. Imagine if we were in the same weight class.
I don’t want to be that guy, but if he was just a featherweight in my division, I’d squash him. ... It’s a walk in the park. No offense to him, but that’s legit. I think I still proved I’m the better fighter and I’m pound-for-pound No.
1. But that’s not up to me”.
Volkanovski believes that at one point Makhachev thought he would lose the match. “I think he thought he might have lost. He was even saying, ‘We need to do a rematch’ to his corner when he went back to his corner.
He didn’t say loss, but I mean, he thought, ‘We need to do the rematch’ thinking that I was going to get my hand raised. Then he ended up telling people in the media backstage that he wants a rematch anyway.
So, he knows. I’m not taking anything away – it was a close fight”. Volkanovski believes that Makhachev will want the same; Rematch. It will be a good chance for them to show their qualities. “I think it depends on him,” Volkanovski said.
“He knows that this is going to leave a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. I’ve been there before. I know what it feels like, and he’s going to want to prove it to people. I would if I was in his position.
I wouldn’t be happy with that. ... If he doesn’t, we know why”.