Alex Volkanovski was actually holding his cute new child Reign when he obtained the decision — Charles Oliveira was out and Islam Makhachev wanted an opponent — and the 145 lb. champ virtually immediately knew it was time for daddy to go to work!
Volkanovskijoined Michael Babcock on the “TMZ Sports activities”TV present (airs day by day on FS1) on Wednesday … the place Alex “The Nice” talked concerning the cellphone name he obtained late final week from his supervisor.
“I believe I would’ve had Reign, my latest addition to my household, my new child Reign,” Alex stated … “I would’ve been holding her, and [my manager] will get on the cellphone and says, ‘Mate, you would not consider it.’ And I am like, ‘What’s up?’ Didn’t cross my thoughts one bit. I am considering it is for one thing else. He goes, ‘It is trying like Charles is not going to make it they usually want somebody.’”
Volkanovski was clearly shocked … and after conferring together with his coach, Joe Lopez, and spouse Emma, the choice was clear — we have got a combat in lower than two weeks, and it is happening midway internationally.
In fact, Makhachev was initially scheduled to combat Oliveira — a rematch of UFC 280 (Islam received by 2nd spherical submission).
In some methods, Volkanovski, who misplaced by unanimous choice to Islam in February (though many individuals assume he truly received), believes the shortage of a coaching camp may truly be useful.
“I am feeling good. I am excited. That is one factor that I’ve taken out of all this complete factor, clearly, it is loopy. However man, it is gonna be enjoyable. I do not assume I’ve ever been this excited for a combat.
“Clearly you get excited, however you undergo camp, and camp may be exhausting. Mentally and bodily exhausting desirous about the combat the entire time. Now I haven’t got time for that. As quickly as I heard about it I had a smile on my face and it hasn’t gone away even till now.”
And, the advantage of a brief discover combat … we’re simply three days away from UFC 294!