UFC 284: Alexander Volkanovski’s trainer reveals why current Featherweight champion can beat Islam Makhachev, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor

Alexander Volkanovski’s coach Joe Lopez thinks his fighter can defeat not only the current lightweight champion Islam Makhachev but also Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Only a few days remain until the highly anticipated bout between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski, and Volkanovski’s trainer has already given his reasons for believing his fighter will triumph over Makhachev

Lopez has worked closely with Volkanovski for quite some time, thus it is reasonable to assume that he is familiar with Volkanovski’s strengths and limitations like no other yet according to him a lot of people don’t understand how strong Alex actually is. 

Volkanovski excelled at multiple weight classes, but his featherweight dominance stands out. The Australian fighter, undefeated in twelve UFC fights, is going to meet the lightweight champion in an attempt to become a double champion.

According to Volkanovski’s coach, Islam probably will take Alex down, but will not hold him down for long which will discourage Islam once Alex keeps getting back up and it will weaken the Russian fighter mentally.

‘I think Alex is probably a better wrestler. If he gets taken down he will get back up. Alex always wants to improve and he’s always trying something new.’ said Lopez.

Lopez agrees with the featherweight champion that Alexander has a legitimate shot at beating No. 2 pound-for-pound opponent Islam, as well as former lightweight champions like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.

‘Conor’s a great striker and a great athlete, but he’s been out of the game for a while and I think the hunger isn’t there like it was. He’s never done well against wrestler-grapplers – and people think Alex is just a striker, but originally he was a grappler’ Lopez added.

Do you think Volkanovski will be able to beat the Dagestani fighter on February 11 at the RAC Arena?

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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