When Volkanovski played rugby, he weighed more than 200 pounds, but in his MMA career, he weighs only 145 pounds. In the UFC 284 headliner at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia, he will challenge lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.
Chandler told MMA Junkie that he is a huge Volkanovski fan. "He's really good. Will he be smaller than Islam? Yes, I agree. Volkanovski will do better than we all expect. When he was playing rugby, he weighed 210 pounds or 220 pounds. That's what your body remembers.
The rest of the advantages will be in Volkanovski's favor if he can avoid hitting the ground too long.
Chandler said Volkanovski was better at striking. Volkanovski is faster and more powerful than him. Volkanovski might actually squeak out a decision if something other than Islam takes him down in the first round. A decision, not a finish."