“You can see the champ was scared to put the belt on the line”

MMA fans have reacted to a video of UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski bursting out laughing while taking on internet sensation Hasbulla Magomedov.

Volkanovski is in Abu Dhabi for UFC 280 as a backup for either Charles Oliveira or Islam Makhachev for the main event. The pair will meet in the octagon for the vacant lightweight title and if there is a controversy that requires ‘The Great’ to step in as a substitute, the Australian will be anxiously waiting in the wings for an eventual title shot.

In the clip posted to his Twitter account, Alexander Volkanovski takes part in an intense staredown with Hasbulla Magomedov. After a while, the world featherweight champion laughs and says:

“I’m breaking! I’m breaking! I’m usually very good at it, but I’m broke.”

MMA fans have reacted to the video, with one fan hilariously implying that Volkanovski was too scared to jeopardize the title against Hasbulla.

“Where’s the belt folks??? You can see the champion was afraid to jeopardize it”

@alexvolkanovski Where are the belt folk??? You can see the champion was afraid to jeopardize it

Another fan joked that even though “Volk” is the GOAT of 145 pounds, Hasbulla would have no problem beating him.

“Alex is a FW goat, but Hasbi makes it easy for him. No offense.”

@alexvolkanovski Alex is a FW goat, but Hasbi makes it easy for him. No offense.

Twitter user @Loveol9210 added that a matchup against Hasbualla Magomedov would be the toughest fight of The Great’s MMA career to date.

“Nation’s toughest test.”

Check out other fan reactions below:

@alexvolkanovski You are a true champion Alex and a role model, super excited to see you in Australia 🇦🇺

@alexvolkanovski I would love to see Volk pick him up and ragdol his little ass

Alexander Volkanovski reveals a main event fighter struggled to gain weight

Alexander Volkanovski dropped some pretty important news during an interview with BT sport while in Abu Dhabi. According to The Great, his team received a call in the middle of the night asking for updates on his weight.

The Australian fighter stated that he was never given a chance to reply because he was asleep and was not told which fighter it might have been. Volkanovski thinks there must have been a problem or they wouldn’t have called:

“Well, without giving too much away… We were asked quite late last night, ‘How’s Alex?’ So obviously someone was struggling a bit. But I was sleeping when this happened, I heard about it this morning. But everything is fine. “

Charles Oliveira’s controversial underweight at UFC 274 caused fans to have doubts about the main event. The Brazilian tipped the scales 0.5 pounds over the limit and was subsequently stripped of the title.

Luckily, both Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev stepped on the scale later that day with no issues, weighing 154.5 pounds each. Alexander Volkanovski also gained weight and weighed exactly 155 pounds.

Watch the BT Sport interview here:

The Featherweight Champion @alexvolkanovski says his team was asked “late last night” if their 155lb goal was still on track 👀#UFC280 | Saturday, 7 p.m. | BT sports fund

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