Conor McGregor says Volkanovski vs Makhachev 'does 10 PPV buys'
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Conor McGregor doesn’t believe Alexander Volkanovski going up against new lightweight champion Islam Makhachev is a box office draw.
Never one to shy away from a good Twitter rant, the Notorious one went on a rampage where he discussed all things from his return to the UFC to a potential double champion.
After Russian star Makhachev claimed the vacant lightweight belt against Charles Oliveria at UFC 280, featherweight GOAT Volkanovski immediately stepped up to be his next challenger.
With UFC 284 coming in hot in Perth, the location seems as good as any for the Australian to potentially etch his name as a double champion.
However, it’s a bout that a certain Irishman isn’t too fussed about.
McGregor tweeted out a picture of Makhachev and Volkanovski holding the lightweight and featherweight belts respectively, two titles he once held.
In typical fashion, he captioned it: “My two old belts. On two little ticks. This fight does 10 buys.”
My two old belts. On two little ticks. This fight does 10 buys pic.twitter.com/8AIzVyxQUl— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 24, 2022
The fight would mark just the seventh time two active divisional champions would face each other in the Octagon.
Couple that with the fact Alexander ‘The Great’ would be fighting in his home country, we think that the fight would perhaps do a little more than 10 buys.
Volkanovski had the perfect response to the Irishman’s dig at the public interest in the fight.
Using his own words against him, Volkanovski tweeted out an old 2014 tweet from the Notorious one himself.
It read: “Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners.”
Volk captioned the tweet: “A former wise man once said…”
And it seemed to have gotten to McGregor as well as his tone immediately turned to one of respect for the Aussie.
He replied: “Just watching and monitoring mate. That’s all. Happy for you in the spot tbh. I’ll be back. This is not over. You know.”
Just watching and monitoring mate. That’s all. Happy for you in the spot tbh. I’ll be back. This is not over. You know.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 24, 2022
And in typical Volkanovski fashion, he mirrored the sentiment: “Respect brother. Will be happy to welcome you back.”
The first-ever UFC double champ certainly has experience in stepping up a division to challenge for a belt.
And in lieu of that, he decided to give the Aussie some guidance on how best to take on the challenge.
Although it came with a side of odd advice about being a ‘bowling ball’.
McGregor tweeted: “And we dance on. Good. I was in your exact spot one time don’t forget. 145 coming up. Good luck. I’d say go heavier. Rugby days. Be a bowling ball. That’s how I’d do it as you. Your condition right now as i see it, I don’t know. But bowling ball style for you for best chance.”
Let’s hope Volk will be in possession of either the lightweight or featherweight title by the time the 34-year-old returns to the octagon.
Would make for one huge box office fight.