Australian star Alexander Volkanovski made headlines with his incredible body transformation as he successfully weighed in for a short notice rematch with Islam Makhachev. This extraordinary feat showcased his dedication to the sport and his commitment to seizing opportunities.
When the call came in for a rematch with Makhachev, Volkanovski was 26 pounds (1.85 stone) above the lightweight limit, weighing in at 181 pounds. Fans were concerned about his ability to make the weight, given the short notice. However, all doubts were dispelled when he confidently stepped onto the scales in Abu Dhabi, weighing 154.4 pounds.
Volkanovski’s dietician, Jordan Sullivan, took to Instagram after the official weigh-in to share a before-and-after photo that illustrated the magnitude of the transformation. In his post, Sullivan highlighted the exceptional physical and mental challenge that Volkanovski had embraced. He also emphasized that achieving such a feat requires year-round dedication to training and nutrition.
The Australian’s journey has been remarkable. From his days as a robust prop in rugby league, weighing nearly 100 kilograms, to his transition to MMA, Volkanovski has continually adapted his physique to fit different weight classes. Standing at 5 feet 6 inches, he initially competed at welterweight before gradually slimming down to lightweight and, eventually, featherweight, where he has excelled in the UFC.
Volkanovski boasts an impressive UFC record, with 13 wins in 14 outings within the organization. His only defeat came via decision at the hands of his upcoming opponent, Islam Makhachev, earlier this year.
The ability to undergo such a significant transformation on short notice underscores Volkanovski’s commitment to his craft and his determination to remain a top-tier athlete in the world of mixed martial arts. As he prepares for the rematch, fans can’t help but admire his incredible dedication and the resilience that has brought him to this moment.