Volkanovski recalls the biggest difficulty he faced when moving up to lightweight to face Makhachev

Australian softens the weight-cutting process and says that gaining weight is more difficult than he imagined; athletes faced each other in 2023

Islam Makhachev (left) and Alexander Volkanovski (right) faced each other at UFC 284. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Islam makhachev (left) and Alexander Volkanovsky (dir.) faced each other in the UFC 284. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

One year after the first defeat suffered in Ultimate, Alexander Volkanovsky opened the game and spoke about the difficulty he experienced in moving up to lightweight (up to 70,3kg.) when scheduled to face Islam makhachev No. UFC 284. Despite having already been heavier when he played rugby, the fighter reflected on the 'nightmare' of gaining muscle before measuring up against the Russian.

“You know the hardest thing I've discovered, cutting weight is easy compared to trying to gain muscle. So I had to try and gain weight for the first fight in Islam and the amount of food I had to eat, I never thought in a million years I would complain about eating too much. I was eating between 4.000 and 5.000 calories, but reasonably clean food, just carbohydrates and proteins, without a lot of sauces, and it was a nightmare, as if I was forcing myself,” said Volkanovski in an interview with the 'Bangtao' channel.


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Despite the great improvement he achieved, Volkanovski was unable to succeed in his quest for the lightweight title. On that occasion, the Australian ended up being defeated in a split decision by the judges after engaging in an electrifying battle with Islam makhachev in Abu Dhabi. Since then, the fighter has only fought once again at 70kg, where he was defeated again by the Russian.

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