Alexander Volkanovski has continually impressed to such a degree that arguments are being made for him to overtake Kamaru Usman as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. What isn’t arguable, however, is the fact that he rightfully sits alone atop the featherweight mountain.
“The Great” extended his current streak to a whopping 21 straight at UFC 273 this past weekend when scoring a fourth-round TKO against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. It was his third successful title defense.
Throughout his run, Volkanovski has taken out every UFC featherweight titleholder the promotion has had with the exception of Conor McGregor. Despite his wins over the likes of former champions Max Holloway — whom he beat twice — and Jose Aldo, the Australian has admitted to needing to put in more work before being considered the division’s all-time best over those two.
In UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya’s opinion, Volkanovski has now done enough to earn that status.
“Standout fight [of UFC 273], Volkanovski, of course,” Adesanya said on his YouTube channel. “The G.O.A.T. The featherweight G.O.A.T. Yeah, I’m hyped right now. I haven’t even had breakfast, I couldn’t eat because my adrenaline’s been running. Volkanovski, I said it was going to be bad. It was bad.”
Volkanovski systematically broke down his South Korean adversary over the course of three rounds and some change. At the conclusion of the middle round, it was a question of whether or not the fight should even continue. Well, it did for 45 seconds and referee Herb Dean had seen enough to wave off the action.
The featherweight kingpin currently sits at No. 3 in the UFC official pound-for-pound rankings which is just one spot behind Adesanya. That could very well change come Tuesday’s update.
“Alex gonna stop this guy quick,” Adesanya predicted during Volkanovski’s walkout. “He’s (Zombie) going to get dropped, bro. He’s going to get f*cking dropped. I’m telling y’all. That’s why they call him the Zombie, eventually, Zombie’s gotta die.”
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