Alexander Volkanovski, after falling short in his previous attempts to capture the UFC lightweight title last year, is making his return to the 145-pound division, where he has been a dominant force for quite some time.
Standing across from him in the Octagon in Anaheim, California will be Ilia Topuria, an undefeated rising star with a record of 14-0, who is being touted as the future of the featherweight division. Despite his losses to Islam Makhachev in 2023, one by decision and the other by a first-round knockout, Volkanovski’s close friend and training partner Israel Adesanya believes that the MMA community often underestimates fighters too quickly and thinks that Volkanovski will prove them wrong in the upcoming fight.
In a recent vlog on his YouTube channel, Adesanya talks about visiting Volkanovski during the final days of his training camp at the renowned City Kickboxing gym in New Zealand to get a glimpse of Volkanovski’s preparation before the fight.
Impressed by what he witnessed during the training sessions, Adesanya praised Volkanovski’s sharpness and focus, describing him as being “on point.” Referring to a statement made by Volkanovski during the lead-up to the fight, Adesanya mentioned how fighters are often quick to forget past accomplishments, but believes that Volkanovski is ready to remind everyone of his skill and determination in the upcoming battle in Anaheim.