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Meet the Sydney crane operator who is the ONLY man to beat Alex Volkanovski

Meet the Sydney crane operator who is the ONLY man to beat Australian UFC king Alex Volkanovski when he knocked him out nine years ago

  • Alexander Volkanovski aims for a 21st consecutive victory next Saturday night
  • The Australian stands out as the greatest featherweight on the planet
  • But a crane operator in Sydney has the plan to beat the Australian king

Next Saturday night, Alexander Volkanovski will be aiming for a 21st straight victory at UFC 273. If the betting odds are good, the Australian should defeat Chan Sung Jung with relative ease.

But if the Korean zombie needs advice on winning the UFC featherweight king, he doesn’t need to call Jose Aldo, Max Holloway or Brian Ortega.

Instead, he should turn to a guy who now spends his days in a Sydney CBD crane.

Major now operates a crane in Sydney

A Sydney crane operator is the only man who knows how to defeat Alexander Volkanovski

Corey “Major” Nelson is the only man to defeat Volkanovski, knocking out the reigning featherweight champion with a headbutt in a three-round bout in Melbourne in 2013.

“I can still see it too,” Nelson told the The telegraph of the day of his brutal knockout of the 33-year-old player.

“After that third kick, yeah, Volk was gone. His eyes, they were rolling to the back of his head.

“I remember he hit the deck, he started coming too when I came in with the hammer fist…that’s when the ref stopped him. He wouldn’t come back.

Australia's Volkanovski gun establishes itself as the greatest featherweight on the planet

Australia’s Volkanovski gun establishes itself as the greatest featherweight on the planet

The 33-year-old has won 20 fights in a row and returns to action at UFC 273 next weekend

The 33-year-old has won 20 fights in a row and returns to action at UFC 273 next weekend

Volkanovski’s story is well told. The former semi-professional rugby player switched to mixed martial arts at the age of 22 and moved down the weight classes from welterweight to featherweight.

That night he was fighting Nelson at welterweight – 25 pounds heavier than the weight class where he now plies his trade.

“Sharing the cage with him, I saw what everyone sees now,” Nelson added. ‘His heart. What this guy has, you can’t teach.

“At the time, Alex wasn’t on absolutely anyone’s radar. Yet now he’s in the GOAT conversation. Being a bit part of his journey is a great story to tell in the pub.

However, Corey Nelson (R) knows what it takes to beat Volkanovski.  He also fought and lost to Robert Whittaker (L)

However, Corey Nelson (R) knows what it takes to beat Volkanovski. He also fought and lost to Robert Whittaker (L)

As for Nelson, an incident in which his mate picked up a drunken attacker’s wallet saw him robbed with a company charge and shattered his dream of pursuing his MMA dream in the United States. , where the UFC was looking to include him in their The Ultimate Fighter contest.

The Major also fought former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at Luna Park, losing the fight via armbar submission, but he’ll still have that night where he beat the biggest featherweight on the planet.

“Oh, for that period of my life,” he said. “No one could fucking stop me.”

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