With the future of UFC 303 open, Volkanovski makes himself available to replace McGregor x Chandler

Former Australian champion offers to save UFC 303, but imposes conditions to perform at the event

Alexander Volkanovski fighting in the UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @alexvolkanovski

Alexander Volkanovsky fighting in the UFC. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @alexvolkanovski

With the fight between Conor McGregor e Michael chandler shrouded in mystery, the former featherweight champion (up to 65,7kg.) UFC, Alexander Volkanovsky, made himself available to replace one of the athletes if necessary. However, the Australian imposes one condition: 'as long as it's a big fight'.

In an interview with Submission Radio, Volkanovski, known for his willingness to accept fights at the last minute, said he was ready to take action in the UFC 303, which takes place on June 29th.


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“We are listening to the buzz, what is happening with Conor McGregor (and the possible exit). Maybe they need a replacement on notice again, so I'm always willing to put my hand up.”

This wouldn't be the first time Volkanovski has taken on the responsibility of replacing a fighter at short notice. In October 2023, he agreed to face Islam makhachev in the main fight of UFC 294, just one week after Charles of the Bronx withdraw from the contest due to a cut on his eyebrow. Despite the rapid preparation, the fighter was defeated by knockout in the first round.


The possible unavailability of McGregor or Chandler for the UFC 303 generated speculation and doubts about the future of the card. The fight, which would be the main attraction of the event, is seen as a big step towards McGregor's return to the Octagon after a long period of inactivity.

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