Alexander Volkanovski champ hits back at UFC boss

Aussie UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has hit back at critics of his UFC 251 victory.

The win by Volkanovski has been shrouded in controversy since the split decision victory was announced with UFC boss Dana White also questioning the outcome.

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A steady flurry of backlash hit social media immediately after the fight with the vast majority of fight fans believing Holloway had done more than enough to regain his title.

Fellow featherweight Chan Sung Jung, better known as “The Korean Zombie”, joined in the chorus of disgruntled fans when he unloaded over the decision on Monday.

“I am responding to yesterday’s title match against Volkanovski and Halloway. To be honest, it is shameful that Volkanovski is a champion of my weight class,” he wrote.

“Give him to me then you don’t need to worry about the judges decision.

“As you know, I won’t let the judges decide the result of my fight. I will finish him at the title match and that is what UFC fans want to watch.”

But on Tuesday the Aussie champion hit back when the comments were raised by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

“Yeah, I’ve seen that,” Volkanovski said.

“Maybe he’s got one of his boys writing some stuff for him again. Straight after my last fight, his manager got lippy and started carrying on.

“One of them got slapped for it and they went quiet. Brian Ortega gave them a good slapping and they stopped talking for a while.

“Maybe they need another good slapping to keep quiet.”

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White raised his displeasure at the outcome of the fight during the UFC 251 post-event press conference and highlighted the bad judging.

“Did anybody in here score it for Volkanovski?” White asked.

“Anybody have it for Volkanovski? Nobody in the media? I don’t know, we’ll have to figure it out.

“Looks like we’ve got to tighten up our refs and judges here on Fight Island.”

Volkanovski said White’s comments caught him by surprise, but he soon brushed them aside

“People can sit there and say ‘oh, the knockdowns’ and whatever, but there is a way the scoring system works and you can see why the judges gave it to me,” Volkanovski told ESPN. “But for him to actually say that I was surprised, I didn’t think it was good of him. At the same time, everyone’s entitled to their opinions.”

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