Mel Gibson Sends Encouraging Message To Alexander Volkanovski Ahead of UFC 290 Encounter

Photo: Instagram/Alexander Volkanovski

Mel Gibson extends a gracious message to Alexander Volkanovski in a heartwarming encounter, captured in footage that recently surfaced, just days before UFC 290.

The esteemed Australian UFC featherweight champion was visibly thrilled as he engaged in conversation with the renowned American actor and film director, who has called Australia his home since the age of 12 and now holds permanent residency.

Volkanovski is preparing to take center stage at UFC 290, scheduled to be held at the illustrious T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this weekend. His upcoming bout will see him defend his featherweight title against Yair Rodriguez, the holder of the 'interim' belt.

Photo: Instagram/Alexander Volkanovski

Earlier in the week, as Volkanovski arrived in Las Vegas, he took advantage of the opportunity to attend a Fight Night event at the UFC Apex. It was there that he had the pleasure of crossing paths with Gibson, who was also in attendance.

Expressing his excitement, Volkanovski shared in the UFC Embedded series, "We're at the Apex, I always love being here watching the fights. Every time we're in town while there's Apex fights, I'm always in there enjoying the fights.

Mel Gibson's in the house as well, it's cool, we're sitting right behind him." A captured moment from the occasion shows the two personalities warmly greeting each other.

Gibson's words of encouragement could be heard as he said, "Pleasure to meet you, good luck next week." Furthermore, he expressed his admiration, stating, "It's good to see an Aussie kid doing well; I appreciate excellence in any field.

He's got the goods." Volkanovski responded, reminiscing about Gibson's presence at his previous fight against Brian Ortega and suggesting that the actor had attended multiple events. This encounter between Mel Gibson and Alexander Volkanovski exemplifies the camaraderie and mutual respect shared within the realm of sports and entertainment.

It serves as a testament to the support and admiration that transcends borders, showcasing the global reach of UFC and the universal appeal of its athletes. As Volkanovski prepares for his upcoming title defense, the kind words and encouragement from an accomplished figure like Mel Gibson are sure to provide him with an extra boost of motivation as he steps into the octagon.

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Source: Talk Sports

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