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Aussie UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski has openly talked about his desire to become the "featherweight GOAT".
And he knows the perfect opponent that can help him achieve that legendary status.
The 145-pound champ has set his sights on a super-fight against UFC megastar Conor McGregor for 2021 - and he's even willing to move up a division to make it happen.
The Irishman, who was the first ever UFC fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, is set to make his return to the octagon this weekend when he takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
And when that bout is done and dusted, Volkanovski has put his hand up to be McGregor's next opponent.
"We talk about the hype around his fights, you'd be an idiot to say you wouldn't take that fight - the money, the whole circus around it," Volkanovski told Fox Sports Australia's UFC Fight Week show.
"It'd be fun, exciting, but not just that there's a little bit of a connection because he was a featherweight champion and I've taken out Max Holloway and Jose Aldo, the other former champions.
"There's only one other champion I haven't fought and it's Conor, so there is a bit of history there.
"For me to be GOAT (greatest of all-time) status, it makes sense. And then you've got all the other bonuses around it."
Plenty of mixed martial arts fans are expected to tune in for McGregor's return, but Volkanovski will be undoubtedly be watching closer than anyone else.
If a fight between the Aussie and Irishman was to happen, the immediate reaction from skeptics would be: "Great, but at what weight?"
McGregor is a former featherweight champion himself, but hasn't fought in the division in over five years after enjoying stints at both lightweight and welterweight.
The prospect of convincing McGregor to move back down to 145 pounds may seem like a tough ask, but Volkanovski insists he's more than happy to accomodate.
"I'd move up (a weight class), whatever it is, put the featherweight title on the line, whatever it is I'd do it," he added.
"I've got a division to take care of first, I'll do the defences and do my thing and we'll see if that fight can ever happen."
Volkanovski, who boasts an impressive 22-1 record in MMA, is tipped to defend his featherweight strap against former number one contender Brian Ortega next.
Dismantle Ortega with relative ease, and you can probably guess what fighter's name Volkanovski will be calling out when he's handed the octagon microphone after his bout.
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