Alexander Volkanovski has cemented himself as one of the best fighters in the UFC Featherweight division with notable victories over Max Holloway, Chad Mendes, and Jose Aldo.
Alexander Volkanovski snapped Holloway’s 12 fight win-streak at the Featherweight division after he picked up a unanimous decision win back at UFC 245. Despite an impressive performance from Holloway in the rematch, Volkanovski edged past the former champion once again as he picked up a split decision victory to hand The Blessed One his second straight loss inside the octagon.
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As for the UFC’s Featherweight division, former title contender Brian Ortega will take on The Korean Zombie. The Korean fighter is coming off a spectacular TKO win over former Champion Frankie Edgar, with Ortega making his return to the octagon after title loss against Max Holloway.
Who should face Alexander Volkanovski next?
Alexander Volkanovski is a huge featherweight fighter with solid power in his hands. With notable victories over some of the most prominent names in the division, Alexander Volkanovski has cemented himself as one of the best featherweight fighters of all time. While Dana White is shifting towards a trilogy bout between Volkanovski and Holloway, there’s an argument to be made that UFC should be looking at other exciting match-ups for Alexander Volkanovski.
Zabit Magomedsharipov has been looked at as the top prospect in the division. With notable victories over Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar, Zabit could be looking at a title shot with a win over Yair Rodriguez. Zabit Magomedsharipov has put up incredible performances inside the octagon, however, the Dagestani fighter is yet to go full-five rounds inside the octagon.
Zabit’s cardio was in question against Calvin Kattar, and with a seasoned striker like Yair Rodriguez in front of him, it will be interesting to see how Zabit Magomedsharipov will fare inside the octagon when he steps inside the cage on October 24th at UFC 254. However, Yair is an equally tough opponent with credible power in his hands and more experience behind him. With wins over the likes of Jeremy Stephens, The Korean Zombie, Andre Fili, Dan Hooker, and BJ Penn, Yair Rodriguez could be the biggest threat to Alexander Volkanovski’s throne.
Yair Rodriguez: The Mexican Warrior
Yair Rodriguez has gone full five rounds on multiple occasions inside the octagon. Additionally, he has relatively more experience than any fighter inside the UFC octagon in the top-5. Yair is a dangerous striker and relies on his volume punching and unorthodox striking to complement his fighting style. After being dominated by Frankie Edgar early in his career, Yair has come a long way with some incredible performances over the past few years to solidify his MMA credentials.
Yair Rodriguez has also gone full five rounds on multiple occasions inside the UFC octagon. With an impressive record of 13-2 in his mixed martial arts career, Yair Rodriguez is destined for greatness. The Mexican fighter has what it takes to upset Zabit Magomedsharipov.
Yair Rodriguez could be the biggest threat to Alexander Volkanovski’s throne courtesy of his striking prowess, and his underrated ground game. With a solid chin to complement his fighting style, Yair Rodriguez has what it takes to beat Alexander Volkanovski.