“I get excited for fights when people present questions,” he said. “And one of the questions in this fight is that I’m taller than him, but he’s got more reach – and the power he presents at this weight class is something else. The list goes on. I can’t really compare him to anyone in the division. He’s stocky for the weight class, but he’s got long arms.”
It’s clear that the Australian meant no disrespect with his comments. He still said that Holloway was the best in the world, but just that his particular style would play into Volkanovski’s hands.
Holloway pointed out that he’d had a reach disadvantage in most of his fights, but still came out on top.
The two have one major thing in common: Holloway hasn’t lost a fight in this division since 2013, while Volkanovski hasn’t lost in any weight class since that same year, and remains undefeated since signing for the UFC.
Not that Holloway is concerned about ending another undefeated streak.
“A fight’s a fight,” he said. “It’s another fight for me … those things, they don’t intrigue me yet.
“When it’s all said and done and I retire I can sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labour but, for now, it’s all about work.”
The two will fight for one of three title belts on the card on Sunday (AEDT), which also features a women’s bantamweight championship match and a bout for the men’s welterweight title.
“It’s a huge card – you’ve got one of the GOATs [greatest of all time] in Amanda Nunes fighting, with her two belts, and you’ve got me and Alex and you’ve got the 170lb belt with a lot of hype behind it right now,” Holloway said.
It’s interesting that Holloway mentions the female dual champion Nunes, when he has aspirations to be champion in two weight classes himself.
“I want to be the greatest of all time in this era,” he said. “When I’m said and done, someone else is gonna be it, but I’m going to be that now. NBA had Michael Jordan, then Kobe, then LeBron … there’s different eras of the GOAT.”
Holloway had a chance to achieve two-belt status, but lost a fight for the interim lightweight championship to Dustin Poirier. It’s widely expected he will move up a weight class again after this fight.
“If I got another opportunity I’d take it, but I’m not looking too far into the future,” Holloway said. “I’ve got my plate full with Alex.”
Matt Bungard is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.