Alex Volkanovski would welcome the possibility to combat Conor McGregor and safe his legacy as the best of all time.
The Irishman returns to motion this weekend at UFC 257 when he takes on Dustin Poirier in a rematch of their 2014 traditional.
Though their first encounter lasted one spherical, their conflict at UFC 178 set McGregor on the trail to superstardom as he went and claimed the featherweight title and the light-weight title in simply over two years.
‘The Infamous’ has by no means misplaced a combat within the UFC at featherweight and managed to defeat the likes of Max Holloway, Poirier, Chade Mendes and Jose Aldo on his astonishing rise by way of the 145lbs.
Volkanovski has additionally managed to take the featherweight division by storm, however is effectively conscious of the glamour and glitz which comes from a ‘crimson panty evening’ from dealing with McGregor.
“We discuss concerning the hype round his fights, you’d be an fool to say you wouldn’t take that combat — the cash, the entire circus round it,” Volkanovski stated on Fox Sports activities’ UFC Combat Week.
“It’d be enjoyable, thrilling, however not simply that — there’s a bit of little bit of a connection as a result of he was a featherweight champion and I’ve taken out Max Holloway and Jose Aldo, the opposite former champions.
“There’s just one different champion I haven’t fought and it’s Conor, so there’s a little bit of historical past there.
“For me to be GOAT (biggest if all-time) standing, it is smart, and then you definately’ve bought all the opposite bonuses round it.”
The Australian handed Holloway back-to-back losses from their title fights and now appears to be like set to face the resurgent Brian Ortega in his subsequent defence.
However having as soon as weighed greater than 200lbs throughout his profession as a rugby league ahead, ‘Volka’ is greater than snug in climbing again up the divisions to face McGregor.
“However I’d transfer up, no matter it’s, put the featherweight title on the road — no matter it’s, I’d do it,” Volkanovski added.
“I’ve bought a division to deal with first, I’ll do the defences and do my factor and we’ll see if that combat can ever occur.”