After spending a season coaching on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Brian Ortega, it seems that current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has come away with a less than favorable impression of the man who will challenge him for the title next.
“To be honest, he doesn’t say much,” Volkanovski said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “He doesn’t say much. I don’t know, I’m a bit over him, to be honest. Just a couple of things, I just think he’s fake and I don’t believe his sh*t, that’s just sort of how it is with me, that’s what I think.
“I just think he plays a nice guy and some of the sh*t he says, I just think it’s all bullsh*t. I guess you can watch the show and sort of see with little things. … I don’t think he’s that bad of a guy, maybe I’m just looking for things to hate on him for, maybe, yeah, probably. So I’m just sitting here like, ‘Yeah, f*ck Brian Ortega,’ I’m gonna find something to hate him for. Maybe that’s what it was, but like I said, it’s not hard to get under his skin. Even me just saying that I guarantee he’s boiling up.
“Maybe that’s gonna be strategy for my next fight because I know how easily he’s triggered. I’m just gonna be like, ‘Hey, Brian, f*ck you,’ and that’s it.”
TUF Season 29 begins airing on June 1st and Volkanovski says he expects that his showdown with Ortega in the Octagon will likely take place in September.