Alexander Volkanovsky wants a lightweight title shot, and welcomes the arrival of Henry Sejudo

Alexander Volkanovsky welcomes the return of Henry Sejudo to the USADA test pool, but says the Australian will instead focus on the immediate pace of becoming the lightweight and two-division UFC champion.

After his dominance over San Sung Jung at UFC 273, Volkonowski is already drawing up his plans for the remainder of 2022 – Sejudo is unlikely to be a part of it, and athletes generally have to undergo a six-month trial. Eligible to compete.

However, Volkonovsky says that Sejudo is finally happy to take the walk, and not only that, it was like the impressive rise of the Australian as one of the best fighters for the pound in the UFC.

“Well at least he is [Cejudo] Every time he teases, he is one step closer to supporting what he says [after I fight]”Volkonowski told ESPN.” How many times have you heard him speak?

“Now I expect you [the media] At least he should talk to me about it because he shows some kind of commitment [to making a return]. But that doesn’t mean he showed commitment in my department either. Anyone who graduates in any field they want will come back. “

On Monday, Cejudo called Volkonovsky directly on Twitter after manager Ali Abdelaziz confirmed to ESPN that his client was ready to re-enter the USADA test pool.

When he is ready to fight Sejudo in the future, Volkonowski says he has no right to expect the title of featherweight when he has not competed for two years as a former two-division UFC champion.

“Go there and still get that No. 1 spot,” Volkanovsky said. “I think he’s better than anyone else to come out of the division and get the title shot. If you go out and fight with one person, I think you’ll definitely get that title shot, it’s still a very good opportunity for him.

“But if he’s expected to go straight into the title shot, it’s very absurd. I do not know if he’s in the test pool to fight with Phantomweight or Featherweight. But if he’s going to go to Featherweight, I think it will give you the No. 1 competitor spot.”

Although Max Holloway – the American who was Volkonovsky’s original rival in UFC 273 – appears to be Australia’s next opponent, the champion seems to be more motivated by another challenge.

It comes in lightweight, where he immediately sees that he deserves a header shot.

“I want it this year. I’ll see it next, too,” he told ESPN. “As I said during this section [featherweight] Sorts itself out; I do my part and do not want to pursue any division. But if this division lasts, it’s because competitors do not hold that No. 1 spot. That has nothing to do with me.

“Then [they’re] I’m going to do that, I want to be active, I’m going to go ahead, I’m making my choices because I’m not lifting anyone, I’m doing my part. So if people don’t want to do their part, let’s have fun, let’s have these money fights and get this double champ status [fights], Let’s do all sorts of things like that when it happens. And I think I’m in a good position and fair enough to get dual champ status. “

When asked if it was wrong to say that Sejudo should act up to the title shot, Volkonovsky pointed out that he has been struggling relentlessly since entering the UFC in 2016.

“I think I deserve to be like that [lightweight] Champion, “he said.” I’m talking about a retiree, when I’m talking about Henry stepping straight into the feather weight category, I’m talking about someone who’s retired for a few years; I do not even know how long?

“He never fought for anyone in the division, he’s retired … That’s why I said, he’s going to do something. [first]. If he was still the Phantomweight Champion and had two defenses, well, now he’s got a little traction. Now there is something behind him and a lot of weight behind it.

“I’m in a position to take the sheep out [Jose Aldo and Holloway]I go out and completely dominate these guys, four title fights, three defenses, I can’t stand the division.

“Now I’m not calling for this; you do not see me demanding it [after the win over Jung] I’m not asking for it now, but so far you have not actually seen what I call it, it just shows you what kind of guy I am. There is truth in what I say about Henry Sejudo; He must earn it.

“But I feel like I got a shot at that lightweight Alexander Volkanovski wants lightweight title shot, welcomes Henry Cejudo’s return, So now I’m going to call it that. That’s where we are now. “

Charles Oliveira vs. Lightweight title clash set for UFC 274 next month Asked if Justin Gaethje wanted to fight the winner, Volkanovski said he was ready to go.

“August is good and Australia is good too,” he told ESPN. “I know Dana [White] Not quite sure about that [fighting in Australia] But we will conduct these conversations and see what we can do. Because I feel like there won’t be [many] Barriers to holding it in Australia.

“They want to know more about the state of the country [COVID restrictions] So we’ll have those conversations and see what we can do, because I’ll have my feelings in Australia soon.

“I want the next fight in Australia. I think we deserve it.”

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