Alexander Volkanovski reacts to Sean O’Malley agreeing to fight Ilia Topuria next

Alexander Volkanovski shares his thoughts on Sean O'Malley vs Ilia Topuria.

by Aryan Lakhani
Alexander Volkanovski reacts to Sean O’Malley agreeing to fight Ilia Topuria next
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Alexander Volkanovski is aware of the noise that’s created behind the scenes; Volkanovski has nothing against Sean O’Malley accepting Ilia Topuria’s call out; he understands the whole idea of becoming a double champion because he had similar goals for himself, which is why the world saw him fight against Islam Makhachev twice.

The conditions are quite clear: Ilia Topuria has to win against Alexander Volkanovski, and Sean O’Malley has to win against Marlon Vera for the match to cross-division fight to happen. O’Malley sounds a little hesitant to fight Alexander Volkanovski next, but it would be foolish to assume that they won’t consider fighting.

Alexander Volkanovski on Sean O’Malley vs Ilia Topuria

In a recent interview with Michael Bisping, Alexander Volkanovski shared his thoughts on Sean O’Malley accepting to fight Ilia Topuria. “He’s a clever dude,” Volkanovski said, as quoted by

“I don’t mind Sean O’Malley, actually. I listen to his podcast here and there. He’s made pretty clear, he’s like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know if I’d want to fight Volkanovski,’ you know what I mean? He made it clear, ‘That’s something I don’t think I’d want.

Maybe the other guy.’ So, it’s like, he knows there’s a bit of history with Topuria because then they talk, and he’s just being smart. If Topuria does get it done — is he gonna bet on it? Well, he’s not allowed, but would he? Probably not.

He’s probably backing me. At the same time, he’s clever. He’s gonna have a safe net. ‘Look, this is a good option for me to go double champ.’ There’s history there, [he] can move up and fight someone that he probably looks at as like, ‘Ah, I’m pretty comfortable I can do that fight.’ Where with me, probably doesn’t feel as comfortable. I’m sure he backs himself. We all back ourselves”.

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