Make no mistake about it, the Aussies and Kiwis are on a roll in the UFC right now.
After a dominating display at UFC Boise this past weekend, Aussie featherweight Alex Volkanovski is the latest to break into the UFC rankings.
Volkanovski continues the surge of ANZAC fighters climbing their way into the rankings of late after New Zealand’s Israel Adesanya and Daniel Hooker made their way into the top 15 last week.
We’ve officially hit the rankings!! Bringing home the win is a must as I do this for my family, you guys are my biggest motivation…I love you guys so much and Emma, I’ll always appreciate the undeniable support through this crazy journey of ours. I can’t thank the guys beside me enough for their time and sacrifices they made for this fight as well as all the crew at @freestylefightinggym, @citykickboxing & @tigermuaythai but a special mention to my head coach Joe Lopez, you my friend have no idea how much I appreciate the hours you’ve spent on me. Thank you to my management @heyitsrhyso & @6_degrees_group, thanks to my major sponsor @_southerncrossindustries_ & also @engageind @musclemealsdirect, @universal_supplements_aus & @unibetaustralia for making it possible to do this full time. Last but certainly not least to all YOU guys who are following & supporting me…we’re only just getting started. #australia #anzactakeover
Volkanovski earned his spot at number 11 in the featherweight rankings with a clinical performance that saw him pick up a unanimous decision victory over Darren Elkins. The dominant win left no doubt that Volkanovski deserves to be competing against the best fighters in the division. The performance was made all the more impressive when it was made known afterward that Volkanovski injured his rib just days before the bout.
After the contest, Volkanovski called for a fight with returning featherweight Chad Mendes. Mendes, who previously fought for the UFC title twice against Jose Aldo and for the interim-title against Conor McGregor, went on to pick up a first-round knock out win later on in the card.
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) July 17, 2018
Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show yesterday, Chad Mendes spoke of a potential match up against Volkanvoski.
“If they put him up there high enough (in the rankings) after that fight, I’d love to get in there and knock that dude out,” Mendes said.
Mendes went on to say that Volkanovski would need to be inside the top ten for the fight to make sense to him.
With Volkanovski now ranked 11 and Mendes at number 7, it is certainly a fight that would make sense for the upcoming UFC show in Adelaide.
My earliest combat sports memory is watching David Tua knock people out with his left hook. I am extremely passionate about combat sports in Australia and my home country of New Zealand and I endeavour to grow the profile of martial arts and its athletes in both countries. Persistent Brazilian jiu-jitsu battler.