Alex Volkanovski’s end-of-year performance in the Octagon at UFC 232 has confirmed him as a serious force to be reckoned with in the UFC’s featherweight division.
To be fair, the 30-year-old Australian already had an impressive resume, having compiled an 18-1 record that included no less than five wins since joining the UFC, defeating the likes of Mizuto Hirota, Jeremy Kennedy and Darren Elkins.
However, his latest fight against former multiple-time title contender Chad Mendes was undoubtedly his biggest test to date, and it would have been no shame to have come off second best against an opponent of his caliber.
Instead, Volkanovski would rise to the challenge by taking Mendes’ best shots and then turning the screw, flooring him for an impressive TKO stoppage late in the second round.
That victory confirmed Volkanovski as being the real deal and he’s now risen to No.4 in the division, not far from title contention, and with his heavy hands, granite chin, wrestling credentials and fearsome ground and pound, he’s got all the ingredients to be a major player at 145lbs for some time to come.