New Conor McGregor opponent emerges for UFC 303 comeback fight

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Alexander Volkanovski has thrown his hat into the ring to fight Conor McGregor at UFC 303, should Michael Chandler be unable to compete.

McGregor, who hasn't stepped into the octagon in nearly three years, is set to make his return on June 29 against Chandler in Las Vegas. Charles Oliveira, a former UFC lightweight champion, has already offered himself as a potential replacement for McGregor's comeback fight.

Now, former featherweight champion Volkanovski has also expressed interest.

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"You find me an exciting fight, maybe in the lightweight division, or something like that, that's fun. I don't want to wait too long, I mean I've told myself I wouldn't do it but to capitalise on a massive opportunity because I know featherweight is going to be there, against Conor McGregor I still probably would, you just put that scenario there, maybe I will," Volkanovski told The AllStar.

Volkanovski, once ranked as the UFC's top pound-for-pound fighter, was ridiculed by McGregor last year. "Ask my b***** that little sausage Volkanovski is no way [pound-for-pound No.1]. Silly. That's quick work for me. 100 per cent accuracy work. Readable. Hittable. Hurtable," McGregor tweeted, reports the Mirror.

"I like that he has this title, though. We should fight at some stage so the FW goats will have all faced off and let there be no debate."

Notably, McGregor is the only former UFC featherweight champion that Volkanovski hasn't fought, having previously defeated Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.

Volkanovski, who lost his featherweight title in a devastating knockout by Ilia Topuria back in February, is open to the idea of moving up two weight classes to fight McGregor as a replacement for Chandler at UFC 303. Despite the size difference, the 35-year-old fighter is unfazed.

"A lot of people are like 'oh he's too big'; I've been under-sized my whole life, it's not like I just train with bantamweights and featherweights, half my training partners are much bigger. I'm used to the big boys and I need them to work with me and get me the proper workouts so that says enough," Volkanovski has said, according to Mirror Fighting.