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Memorable Quotes by Alexander Volkanovski

I've always been a sort of goer.
Alexander Volkanovski
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Robert Whittaker has really opened eyes, look what he's doing.
Alexander Volkanovski
My first four fights in amateur at middleweight, and the first four professional were at welterweight. And I just kind of went down from there.
Alexander Volkanovski
I didn't think I could make the NRL, but I was confident in myself that I could make the UFC.
Alexander Volkanovski
My last year of football I started having a couple of MMA fights, and bringing the weight down. It started in the pre-season of football, just to keep fit, and I did really well.
Alexander Volkanovski
I've already took out the hardest guys in my division. Back to back we've got Chad Mendes, Aldo, and Max. Stylistically, they were the three hardest fights.
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I want to fight on home soil in Perth.
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Anyone that's watched my career knows that I finish fights and that I'm one scary dude to be in the cage with.
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When I'm training; I'm prepared for anything.
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You know, martial arts is all about respect and discipline and it's always been about that. But again, people are starting to forget that, people are missing that, and this is where I believe I can help and it's good for our sport.
Alexander Volkanovski
I won't say too much but Conor McGregor, he likes to set a lot of traps. But they're things I would never get caught up in. The guy isn't exactly known for his cardio either, so I'd crumble him. Make it look easy.
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I'm a freak when it comes to holding on the ground; it's just almost impossible holding me on the ground.
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I'm always my hardest critic.
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One of my biggest fan bases is probably Macedonians, they always get behind me. They're always hitting me up on Facebook speaking Macedonian to me which I don't understand, so I get my dad to translate it for me.
Alexander Volkanovski
You know, people are always asking, 'What's your brand?' and, 'What are you all about?' Then you get other people saying, 'You need to do what Connor McGregor does.' But that's not me. That's not who I am. I'm not going to talk trash and build off the bad boy image.
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One thing in this game is you've gotta stay positive.
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I've got all the tools to make it hard for anyone, especially someone that's a division lower than me.
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I train with whoever I can, all different sizes, shapes, and styles.
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When Elkins came forward I was absolutely ecstatic. It's a massive fight. Realistically he doesn't need to take this fight, but he did - good on him. I've got a lot of respect for him, but I think this is a very dangerous fight for him. Again, he's a grinder, he wears people down, but I don't wear out, especially when I'm in good condition.
Alexander Volkanovski
I was never planning on just making the UFC, I was always planning to be champion.
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My father is from the village of Beranci, Macedonia, and my mother is from Greece.
Alexander Volkanovski
I've always loved UFC. I watched it back since the days it wasn't big in Australia at all, and you had to watch a Blockbuster videos. They would always come like a year late, but I tried as many of the live ones I could or wait for the videos to come out. So, I've loved the sport for that long. I've always been into martial arts.
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Some people fight and stuff outside the cage, but I never liked that sort of thing. I just always wanted to do martial arts and I finally did it at 22 years old, so later in life, but it's all good.
Alexander Volkanovski
If there's one thing I'd say to anyone out there, is that if you're in this game, it's a rollercoaster. There's a lot of ups and downs.
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My surname Volkanovski comes from my father's side, so I have many Macedonian supporters and I really appreciate it.
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When it comes to power, we know I got power, and we know I can wrestle.
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I used to play in the front row, I could eat whatever I want - but I got up to 97 kilograms. And let's remember I'm five foot bloody nothing!
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I fought Chad Mendes to make sure I was in the top five.
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Khabib is one of the GOATs as well. Nothing but respect for the dude. But I'm very, very hard to hold down.
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Ground and pound is my thing, everyone knows that.
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My right-hand hit is my favourite.
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I've never been here to simply compete.
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I've pictured myself fighting a whole bunch of people. Not only the Max Holloway, but also Conor, Cejudo, Korean Zombie, even Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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When it comes to strength, I reckon pound for pound I'm one of the strongest in the whole UFC.
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It's definitely tough when people don't believe in you. Actually, that's wrong. It's not that they don't believe in you. They just care. A lot.
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As I get better competition, I guarantee that more finishes are gonna come, because I'll really get to use more of my skill, rather than me knowing that I'm so much better than the guy.
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I like to throw bombs.
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No one is really playing the good guy, but if they want to play the bad guy, I'm ready to play the super hero and take these guys out.
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I'm actually comfortable a little bit out of range as well. I like to pick my times when to come in. I'm very comfortable in the pocket as well.
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It's always an unreal feeling to get the win, but to get it in the UFC - especially on my debut - it was amazing.
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I know how to find my way into the takedown.
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I want to take on fighters like Jeremy Stephens, Andre Fili... get ourselves into the Octagon and see if these guys can bully me.
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I used to wrestle when I was younger. It was soccer, wrestling, rugby league and now MMA.
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You see what I can use in my range, even with tall people, imagine what I could do to someone half my size.
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That's the thing, I've got so many ways to go, even striking there's so many ways to go. I proved that.
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I wrestled before rugby league so I always had a pretty good wrestling background, a good base, and that helped with my football. It just meant my balance was always so good; a strong core, good hips and just things like that just really played a factor in how I ran the ball and tackled.
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I just want to work my game and I believe I can do that.
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I'm going to stay champion for a long time.
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This sport can be very unforgiving.
Alexander Volkanovski
I could be sparring mates and you're meant to hit 'em, but we'll be sparring and usually I try and stop at the face, or I don't really try and follow through, but sometimes they walk into them and I say 'oh sorry mate.' They get angry and say 'we're sparring get into it,' but I dunno, I think I'm so used to saying sorry.
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I think a knockout over Elkins will really put me on the radar internationally.
Alexander Volkanovski
I made promises to myself and my family that I'd be in the UFC before my first daughter was born, that didn't happen. I was almost at breaking point a week before I got that contract, I was going to go back to concreting - that weekend I get my major sponsor, which was huge, and I end up getting my UFC contract the weekend after that.
Alexander Volkanovski
You know I am all about the good guys, but sometimes we get put to the back of the line because we are too nice.
Alexander Volkanovski
I'll be honest when I tell you, Max Holloway is the hardest matchup out of everyone in our division. By far. And I was happy to take him back to back.
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I believe I'm a similar style to Khabib when it comes to the ground and stuff, but I believe I've got a whole 'nother, higher level of striking.
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I played rugby league, I probably played for about 10 years I think, and I wrestled before then. I did about a year of wrestling, and I think I got a bit tired of the tights, so I started to play football with the mates. I used to be a front rower, the big guys up front. I used to be 97 kilograms, which is like 210 pounds, or something like that.
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Sometimes there's just no room for apologies.
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I'm smart, I'm fast, and I hit hard.
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My dad's Macedonian, mum Greek... so for as long as I can remember, my uncles have talked about our warrior blood.
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Playing league, I was always a chunky ball. And my head, it was huge, too.
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I've been on magazines in Macedonia and all things like that.
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There are no excuses in fighting. You can be playing a team sport and have a good game, and you can lose. In fighting, it's all on me. If I go out there and lose, then it's my fault. I like that.
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I always prepare for the worst.
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I'm like one of those little chihuahua's that thinks they're ten feet tall.
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When it comes to cardio, we know I don't have a problem.
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I ain't no easy fight for anyone.
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Everyone knows my style - I jam my hips in, jam their head into the mat and punch their head through the canvas.
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I just really like ground and pound. The way I do it, it looks like I'm just throwing bombs, but there's some technique to it too. I make sure I'm controlling the hips, palming his face to the ground, just little things like this that make sure that the ground and pound works and I'm not letting him tie me up to where I can't throw punches.
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I pride myself on being a family man. I pride myself on being respectful and hardworking. That's just me.
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Fighters now, they think you have to trash talk to be marketable. Yet so much of what they're saying, it bores me.
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I'm going to be a great champion.
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This is a crazy sport.
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With all my fights, my style is to pretty much put a beating on. I don't exactly like hurting people, but unfortunately that's what we need to do in this game to win.
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Styles make fights.
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I said as soon as I got the belt, I want number one contenders.
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I want these ranked opponents.
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Even just my basics are so effective against a guy like Max Holloway.
Alexander Volkanovski
A lot of times we're being portrayed as thugs, but anyone who really knows us understand that we work hard, we diet hard, the commitment is full on. But alot of people don't see that. Some of the nicest and most respectful people I've ever met are in this sport. I truly believe that, and there's a lot of fighters that live by that.
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I'm the type of person, I'll fight whoever.
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I like to stay active. I'm one of the champions chasing the contenders.
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I'm chasing my contenders. I'm talking about that GOAT status.
Alexander Volkanovski
I've had staph a few times myself and MRSA.
Alexander Volkanovski
I literally cringe every time I see someone trying to trash talk. Some people just don't have it and they try, and I find that funny.
Alexander Volkanovski
Nothing but respect to all the fighters that are in the UFC, but every single one of us wants to prove something. And you know, eventually, I want to prove myself in that lightweight division too.
Alexander Volkanovski
I had bad back injuries; two bulging discs and a broken fragment off a disc, all in my sciatic nerve.
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Being in UFC is a great promotion for me because I have more fans from all over Australia.
Alexander Volkanovski
No beating around the bush. Give me the guys that are next in line, the guys that deserve it, and let's go.
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I don't want to be known as a guy who's gonna get decisions.
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I ain't scared of nobody.
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I'm an easy champion to understand.
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Actually, when I first started dropping weight to fight, my biggest worry was how my smaller body would look compared to the size of my massive head.
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If I want to be the GOAT, I've got to take out No. 1 contenders.
Alexander Volkanovski
I've always been a respectful kind of guy.
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I know I can go for days. I've proved this time and time again, against grinders.
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People are going to give me the respect I deserve.
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When it comes to pace, we know that I don't have a problem.
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It's one of the things that I tend to do, make the right decision, right time, and get the right reactions and capitalize on it.
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I'm used to big boys. I train with big boys all the time.
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Max is a true champion. I enjoy watching him fight but I want to get that fight. I want it.
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I've obviously got the brains. I've got the cardio.
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