Israel Adesanya is delighted because Volkanovski is Islam Makhachev's new opponent after Charles Oliveira had to withdraw from the match due to injury. The match was supposed to take place on October 21 at UFC 294, but after Oliveira canceled, the UFC quickly found a worthy replacement in the form of Alexander Volkanovski.
Israel Adesanya stated that if he was allowed to bet he would easily decide who to put his money on
Volkanovski has already fought against Makhachev when he lost by unanimous decision and that match was very good, so it is not surprising that Makhachev's coach is also satisfied because Volkanovski is the one his fighter will fight against.
However, how well will he be able to prepare Volkanovski, given that he is only 11 days old, and he himself stated that he gets up from the couch and goes to the gym to get ready for the match. The match will be held in Abu Dhabi, where Islam Makhachev has a large fan base, so that will make Volkanovski's job even more difficult.
However, Adesanya does not think so, he is convinced that Volkanovski will stop Makhachev this time and eventually win. It will be a very difficult and uncertain fight and it is very ungrateful to predict the winner. “I felt Volk beat him in the first time, I thought so, the first time,” Adesanya told The Rock.
“As the fight progressed, you can see Volkanovski grow more confident and be like, ‘This is the way he’s supposed to beat me, right? Come on.’ This time, short notice, Volk has nothing to lose. He’s been in the gym.
He’s ready. “I feel like he’s going to stop him on this one. But again, this is me, I’m biased. If I could bet, which I’m not allowed to, if I could, I know who I’m putting my money on”.
as quoted by MMAJunkie