Alexander Volkov’s manager, Ivan Bannikov, spoke about which of the UFC heavyweights can compete with his ward in the next fight.
“I will start communicating with the UFC matchmakers with the phrase, ‘give us Derrick Lewis’,” Bannikov said in an interview with the Ushatayka channel. “If Lewis is not given, we will see who they offer and for when. After all, it is often not the opponent who decides, but the time, the venue. If they give us a convenient one, but in Vegas, or an uncomfortable one, but in Abu Dhabi, then there will be another question, what will we agree to. In any case, as soon as I get a name, I will talk first with Sasha, and then I will give an answer to the UFC.
The manager noted that they would be interested in a revenge with the Black Beast only if the American won over Sergei Pavlovich.
“Of course, Lewis will only be relevant in the event of a victory over Pavlovich, for whom we will all be rooting. The fight with Pavlovich is possible only for the title. Sergei trains with us, he and Sasha are long-term sparring partners, they have known each other for a long time “
In addition, Volkov’s opponent can be determined in one of the confrontations between the top fighters of the division.
“Ideally, of course, to fight the winner of the Miocic-Jones fight, but there is also Gan-Tuivasa. Revenge with Gan – why not? Take back your high ground. Lewis rematch – why not? A rematch even with our wonderful wrestler Blades – why not? The only thing is that it is not as high as we would like. We will definitely want an opponent from the top three.”
Recall that the day before, Alexander Volkov returned his career to a successful track, in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 207 tournament in less than half a round, finishing with a technical knockout of Jairzinho Rozenstruik.