Henry Cejudo doesn’t think that the upcoming clash between UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and lightweight champion Islam Makhachev is getting the hype it deserves. The pair will headline the upcoming UFC 284 pay-per-view (PPV) from Australia.
Volkanovksi will attempt to capture a second division title simultaneously, while Makhachev is looking to earn the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking spot. There is certainly a lot on the line in this one, however, it doesn’t seem to be receiving as much hype as some would think it should.
Henry Cejudo Hypes Makhachev vs. Volkanovski
Cejudo took to his YouTube channel and questioned why the fight isn’t receiving a lot of buzz given how much is on the line between two of the most talented champions that the UFC has to offer today.
“This is a super fight. This isn’t just a fight where you’re going to get – you know, a guy who has fought somebody for the fourth time or – you’re getting a guy who is pound-for-pound against a guy who is number two pound-for-pound. Why isn’t it not getting that media buzz as it should?”
“Triple C” then took it upon himself to explain why fans should be excited about this fight, and why it’s one of the biggest bouts that mixed martial arts (MMA) has to offer this year.
“Because this is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world versus the number two pound-for-pound fighter in the world. This is a clash of styles, this is a guy who has been able to beat everybody at 145 pounds, and do it very viciously. This is a guy at 155 pounds that they call the second coming of Khabib and he has to be able to fit into those shoes and eventually become pound-for-pound.
“Is Islam as good as people are saying? How is his striking? Is he going to be able to take down Volkanovski and beat him up to a pulp – will Volkanovski be able to keep it on his feet and eventually knock him out? I mean, these are a lot of questions, but we will never know. Tune in, you guys need to watch that pay-per-view because it’s going to be fire.”
In a recent interview, Islam Makhachev, the UFC lightweight champion, feels that there hasn’t been sufficient excitement generated for his inaugural title defense.
This highly anticipated bout features the UFC’s top two pound-for-pound fighters and is being considered a ‘super fight.’ Despite this, Champion Islam Makhachev has expressed disappointment with the lack of promotion and hype surrounding the event.
Do you share Henry Cejudo’s sentiment that the upcoming match merits an abundant amount of hype and excitement?