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Volkanovski looks beyond next UFC fight

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Australian UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski says he's ready for the next challenge after he completes a three-fight whitewash against American Max Holloway.

ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Australian UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski feels history awaits after he beats Max Holloway in their blockbuster trilogy bout this Sunday (AEDT) in Las Vegas.

The Wollongong fighter is hoping to complete a clean sweep of his victories over former titleholder Holloway in the co-main event of UFC 276.

Volkanovski has won all 11 of his UFC fights, first beating the American in 2019 to claim the 145-pound title.

The Australian won the rematch the following year in a controversial split decision and has successfully defended his belt four times since.

Holloway earned a third fight after back-to-back wins but Volkanovski said once he made it a whitewash on Sunday he was moving on.

There have only been four fighters in the UFC who have held world titles in two different weight classes simultaneously and Volkanovski wants to join that elite party, eyeing the lightweight (155lb) title.

"I've got a job to do and I'm going to go do it but I'm definitely eyeing off that division - I want to hold two belts," the 33-year-old said.

"I've got goals and I've got a challenge Saturday but I'm going to pass it, again, and that's it.

"And then I'm going to call for that double champ status."

The last time the pair fought was during the COVID-19 pandemic on Fight Island but Holloway is already looking to get his home crowd involved this time.

He played up to the crowd at the pre-fight press conference, who jeered Volkanovski with boos.

"Talking about three, this guy is talking about a three-peat or something - this guy don't even got (sic) three highlights in the UFC," said Holloway, whose record is 23-6.

That drew a smile from Volkanovski: "Oh, Max came to play - I love it, I feed off it, bring it on."

The Australian has vowed to get off to a fast start and test Holloway's legendary chin, but the American didn't think Volkanovski was up to it.

"All week, all I've heard is you guys talking about damage," Holloway said.

"I'm known for taking damage and he's known for not giving it."

Volkanovski said that would be decided in the octagon.

"We're going to see Saturday night, right?" he said.

"That's the beauty of it. That's why you can't spar anymore because you're punched in the head too much."

The Australian did give Holloway credit for fighting his way into a third bout.

"He's getting another chance because he was being stubborn and made sure no one else got that No.1 spot so he gets his shot," Volkanovski said.

"He's going to have my respect for that, but that's it. It's just a third chance and he ain't going to get it."

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