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A few random thoughts and nugz for ya on this beautiful Tuesday in the Tri-State Area …
How great was Alex Volkanovski on the show yesterday? Man, that was fun. ICYMI, he did a live and impromptu “Cooking With Volk” for us, and in case you’re wondering, the wings were really fantastic. I am now fully on board the air fryer bandwagon.
This is the full sit-down with the champ. It was lovely.
As for what’s next for Volkanovski, I’d say there are two options, and they are pretty darn great: Max Holloway 3 or Henry Cejudo. That’s pretty much it. I think Calvin Kattar and Arnold Allen should fight in a No. 1 contender fight, and no, I don’t think Cejudo should fight someone at 145 first before challenging for the belt.
Now, there are two issues here: we still aren’t sure how Holloway’s hand is feeling. I asked his team a couple days ago but didn’t get much of a response. If I were to read between the lines, my takeaway was it’s feeling good and he can return later this year.
Issue 2? Cejudo needs to be in the testing pool for six months. At least that’s what they say. I mean, they did waive it for Lesnar, so …
I had heard there was talk of doing an event in Australia in August. Dana White seemed to poo-poo that idea at the post-fight presser Saturday night, however, he has been known to do that before to put some public pressure on a city or arena during negotiations, so who knows. Regardless of opponent, a home game, if you will, for Volk would do wonders. It would make him seem like an even bigger draw and star.
So, in short, sign me up for either Volk-Holloway 3 or Volk-Cejudo in Australia. Both would be massive, massive fights down under, and Volk has done more than enough to earn this opportunity.