Volkanovski will defend UFC featherweight title against contender Max Holloway in a trilogy in July, while Oliveira last competed in May when he defeated Justin Gaethje.
This win came the day after Oliveira lost half a pound, meaning “Before the Bronx” was stripped of his UFC lightweight belt before defeating Gaethje and establishing himself as the official #1 contender in the division.
In any case, most fans still consider Oliveira the true 155-pound champion, having won the vacant belt in May 2021 and retained it last December. The Brazilian has won 10 fights in a row and holds the record for the most submissions and finishes in UFC history, but Volkanovski is undefeated in his last 21 fights.
The Aussie recently discussed the possibility of moving up to lightweight to become the fifth ever UFC doubleweight champion, and Volkanovski is looking to face Oliveira for the vacant gold.
“When I look at Oliveira, a dangerous fighter,” the 33-year-old fighter said at a UFC press conference on Monday. “A dangerous fighter, a lot of people like to watch him fight, these are exciting fights. But obviously he showed that he could be beaten.
He showed that in the last few [fights]even if they were exciting. He was beaten almost every time. It’s me, I’m not going to give him opportunities. If I hit someone hard, they won’t have a chance to get me; it’s not how we roll.
“I plan to go up, move up. He is dangerous, it will be a great fight, I think it will be a great fight. I definitely believe that I can get the status of a two-time champion, but let’s worry about Max.”
Volkanovski won the UFC featherweight title by beating Holloway in December 2019 and then did the same in July 2021 to retain the belt.
The latter of those two victories over the Hawaiian was disputed by many observers who would hail the pair’s trilogy in the co-main event of UFC 276.