Alexander Volkanovski Names The Featherweight GOAT

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Jose Aldo and Alex Volkanovski

Alexander Volkanovski doesn’t think he’s the greatest featherweight of all time.

Volkanovski most recently fought at UFC 298, where he lost his featherweight title to Ilia Topuria by second round knockout. Prior to that, he had successfully defended his title five times, with two title defenses coming against Max Holloway, who many consider the GOAT.

The Aussie also has a win over Jose Aldo, who defended his belt a record seven times before losing it to Conor McGregor in only 13 seconds at UFC 194.

During a recent appearance on Fox Sports, Volkanovski shared his thoughts on the featherweight GOAT debate.

“Who’s the greatest featherweight? I can appreciate what Aldo’s done you know what I mean, that’s for other people to decide but you know for me, if you ask me, I’m going to say Aldo because he was a champion for a very long time,” Volkanovski said. “Obviously, people are going to look at competition and all that but to be champion that long, things go wrong, you fight injured, there’s so many things that can go wrong and to be champion that long, it’s saying something. He was very dominant as a champion, full respect to Aldo.”

Aldo is making his UFC comeback at UFC 301, where he’ll take on Jonathan Martinez in the co-main event. Ahead of the Brazilian’s return, the Aussie reflected on his illustrious career.

“Obviously his technique, his skill, is always going to be something that you’re going to appreciate but him being such a respectful champion,” Volkanovski said. “Again, that’s how I like to be like, I think he’s morally correct, I think he’s just respectful, he’s how a champion should be and that was something that I really did appreciate and wanted to, made me want to be a great champion too. I was always going to be respectful, it’s so good to see someone like him be the champion.”

Do you agree with Alexander Volkanovski?