Jon Anik believes Alexander Volkanovski will make a permanent move to lightweight if victorious at UFC 298

By Harry Kettle - February 17, 2024

UFC commentator Jon Anik believes Alexander Volkanovski will make a permanent switch to lightweight if he wins at UFC 298.

Ilia Topuria, Alex Volkanovski, UFC 298, UFC

Tonight, Alexander Volkanovski goes head to head with Ilia Topuria. He will be defending his UFC featherweight championship as he attempts to cement his place as one of the best 145-pounders of all time.

Prior to this, of course, he had a few runs at the lightweight championship and Islam Makhachev. While he was unsuccessful, he certainly showed some promise at 155 pounds.

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Jon Anik, who has witnessed pretty much the entire rise of ‘The Great’, believes a return to lightweight could be on the cards if he’s able to get past Topuria.

Anik’s Volkanovski prediction

“I think because he’s throwing those comments out into the universe even before the fight, it stands to reason that if he can beat Ilia Topuria, just given the way a lot of people talk about this title defense and how hard it’s going to be, I think this would be a nice capstone on his featherweight career,” Anik told MMA Fighting, “and a nice note upon which to go out if he decides to move up to 155 pounds and back to the prizefighting theme.

“Think about all of the big fights that there are for Alexander Volkanovski at 155 pounds. You could do worse than throwing him in a BMF setting, right? Certainly a fight against Justin Gaethje has some appeal. So I think the horizon is very monetarily sound for Volk no matter what division he decides to compete in, but yeah, you and me can pray that he’ll fight Movsar Evloev, but I’m not sure I see it happening.”

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