Aussie UFC king Alex Volkanovski reveals the dark side of the sport that blindsided him when he rose to stardom: ‘I have to be a little more ruthless’
- Aussie UFC star Alex Volkanovski is a self-professed people pleaser
- He is still learning to understand the darker elements of the UFC, including hate
- He he has found a balance between being ruthless without being a ‘pr*ck’
- Volkanowski will face off against Korean Zombie at UFC 273 on Sunday
Self-proclaimed people pleaser Alex Volkanovski admits he is still learning how to be ruthless, even after 10 years of UFC domination that he hopes will continue against the Korean Zombie this weekend.
Volkanovski will face Chan Sung Jung aka Korean Zombie in the main event fight at UFC 273 on Sunday, Australian time.
There is no question that Volkanovski is tough. You have to be to claim UFC titles in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions across a career where Volkanovski has only been beaten once in 24 bouts.
Volkanovski is married to his wife Emma and he has two daughters, Ariana and Airlie. He is a doting parent and proud family man outside of the octagon
But there is a soft side to Volkanovski. He is a doting parent, a dedicated family man and recently commandeered a local pub in his hometown of Wollongong where her personally cooked steaks and prepared drinks for his loyal fans.
Being a ‘c***’ and learning to ‘hate’ are things he is still getting used to after all this time.
‘I’m still learning so much about myself and understanding this whole thing,’ Volkanovski told foxsports.com.au.
Volkanovski with the title belt after beating Brian Ortega in their featherweight title fight during UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena on September 25, 2021
‘Remember, I’m just a regular bloke that didn’t know much, from a small town. I don’t get a lot of the stuff that comes with being a UFC champion.
‘Hate was one of them. I didn’t get it, and I’ve always been a people pleaser.
‘I’d put myself in a worse position to make other people happy. It’s just how I am, being that people pleaser.
‘Whereas now I’m like, I’m going to have to be a little more ruthless. I’m never going to be a c***. I’m never going to be that guy.
Volkanovski is now learning the balance between being ruthless while staying true to himself without becoming a ‘pr*ck’.
‘I’m always going to be nice and friendly; it doesn’t mean I’m a pr*ck now. I’ll never be that guy. But I’m not going to be walked over.’
The Aussie champion will put his title on the line again at UFC 273 against Chan Sung Jung aka Korean Zombie
Meanwhile No.1 UFC middleweight contender Robert Whittaker believes the fairytale run of Korean Zombie is set to come to an end, backing his compatriot Volkanovski to stop the hard-hitting Korean in his tracks on Sunday.
‘I don’t see “Volk” losing, he’s an absolute powerhouse in the game at the moment, especially in that division.’