Following the featherweight champion’s most recent title defense at UFC 290, Georges St-Pierre heaped accolades on him.
Last Saturday, Volkanovski faced Yair Rodriguez in the main event of UFC 290, with Rodriguez entering the night as the interim featherweight champion after “The Great” stepped up to lightweight in an attempt to win a second UFC title at UFC 284.
The Australian lost to lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, but a dominant performance that saw him finish Rodriguez in the third round reminded fans of just how good he is and earned him fantastic praise from one of MMA’s all-time greats.
“The way I see Alex Volkanovski is, he’s not a specialist,” St-Pierre explained on The MMA Hour. “He’s very good everywhere. And me when I was fighting, that was my strength…I was able to become the perfect nemesis to my opponent, and I think he’s using a similar strategy. When he fights someone, he takes always his opponent outside of his comfort zone.”
St-Pierre is a former two-division UFC champion and widely regarded as the greatest fighter in MMA history, so hearing the 42-year-old suggest that Volkanovski is currently the best in the sport is important.
“He’s one of my favorite fighters to watch, I love watching him,” St-Pierre said. “I think he’s the best right now, probably the best active fighter. The best pound-for-pound right now.”
“The Great” has several options on the table for his next fight after defending his featherweight title for a fifth time, including possibly moving back up to lightweight for a rematch with Makhachev.
Volkanovski may potentially choose to fight at featherweight against the undefeated Ilia Topuria, and the Australian has recently stated that he’d be open to bringing another UFC titleholder to the division he’s governed for nearly four years.