Q&A: Aleksandr Volkanovsky talks about his last successful title defense at UFC 273

There are quite a few hard and fast rules surrounding mixed martial arts. It is one of the selling points of the sport. Although a bunch of conditions – no tampering. Do not pluck the hair, do not kick the opponent down; Do not catch fish with an open wound – everything is going well. There are still some general rules. Among them: If, in the middle of a fight, you ask your opponent if he really wants to continue, odds are good that you’re on your way to winning.

That’s how I went to Alexander Volkanovsky last Saturday night in Jacksonville. The UFC 273 leader, the 33-year-old Australian featherweight managed such a brutal beating that he asked his opponent, Jung Chan-sung of South Korea (a/k/a The Korean Zombie), if he’d like to continue. zombie act. But the referee, Herb Dean, thought otherwise, mercifully taking Volkanovsky off his prey and eliminating the fight early in the fourth round.

However, Volkanovsky did not defend his featherweight belt for the third time. He didn’t just get out of another battle unscathed, extending his winning streak to 21 battles spanning nine years. Volkanovsky shook the balance of power in the UFC. After his section is cleaned out, his weight will likely rise to 155 pounds. for a man who weighed 214 lbs. As a semi-professional Australian rugby player, the extra weight should not be an issue.

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