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Alex Volkanovski crowned new No. 1 fighter in pound-for-pound rankings, replacing Kamaru Usman

It’s official, Alex Volkanovski is the best of the best in the UFC.

On Tuesday, the UFC announced that the Australian is the sport’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in all divisions.

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Featherweight champion Volkanovski moved up from No. 2 in the rankings following his shock loss to Leon Edwards at UFC 278 over the weekend.

Nobody saw it coming until Usman was hit by a spectacular leg kick from Edwards.

He has now dropped to 4th place behind Volkanovski, Israel Adesanya and Charles Oliveira.

“Alexander Volkanovski continues to emerge as one of the best fighting talents Australia has produced,” UFC Australia and New Zealand Vice President Peter Kloko said.

His achievements put him on a par with any great Australian athlete or sporting achievement – and what’s special is that the more we see him compete, the better version we see.

Volkanovski dominates the featherweight division and has left his mark on the division with two impressive wins in the last 12 months – wins over Brian Ortega and most recently over Max Holloway in their triple match.

Earlier this year, he put on a clinic for the fans against the Korean zombie known as Jung Chan-sung, leading fans to call him the greatest featherweight fighter of all time.

The 33-year-old has been underrated by the MMA public for a long time, but the respected No. 1 pound-for-pound should be credited for his prowess in the Octagon.

After the plague prevented him from traveling to America, Volkanovsky vowed to stay active and fight as hard as he could.

Earlier this year, he expressed his intention to become the “goat of the UFC” by moving up in weight class and becoming a double champion.

Volk is officially the top dog in the UFC.Source: Submitted

“We talk about goals, right,” Volkanovski told news.com.au in February.

“I want to be a goat, not just a featherweight goat. I want to be the goat of the UFC. The sky’s the limit.”

“It’s not just me going, ‘I want to take out that double champ and see you later.’

“I want to hold both belts and be a dual champion for a while and I want to get that GOAT status.”

Volkanovski has made no secret of his desire to take on lightweight champion Charles Oliveira in the near future.

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