Immediately following UFC 280, Volkanovski will face the winner of Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev, UFC president Dana White just announced to Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports.
“Well it makes sense,” said White. “It makes sense.”
After White assured him that he would have first dibs on the new UFC lightweight champion, Volkanovski answered.
“It’s good,” said Volkanovski.
“That’s obviously why I put myself in this position as well. Put it this way, I prepared for this. A lot of people are thinking I’m doing it just to — just in case. It’s not just so no one takes the opportunity away from me. That’s why I did do it, but I made sure I’m still prepared and ready.
“We trained hard,” added Volkanovski.
“I still put the work in. It was a limited camp, but I’ve been — even in the cast, I was training pretty hard thinking I reckon I would be going to Abu Dhabi, so I wanted my cardio to be up to scratch. And then as soon as it was off and as soon as I was allowed to have the contact, I got stuck into it. I’m literally treating this as if I’m in camp, so it’s good to hear that from the big boss.”