Alexander Volkanovski needed to climate a little bit of an early storm, however in the end did sufficient to close out Max Holloway as soon as once more.
After dethroning Holloway to win the featherweight title at UFC 245, the pair rematched within the co-main occasion of UFC 251 in July 2020.
In what was primarily a sense out course of to begin Round 1, Volkanovski employed efficient leg kicks identical to he did of their first battle, whereas Holloway tried to stroll him down. But Holloway was touchdown the extra vital strikes, tagging Volkanovski with a giant head kick to finish the spherical.
The champion recovered properly and continued to cut away with leg kicks, whereas making Holloway pay on the counter. But Holloway continued to be the aggressor and as soon as once more, with seconds winding down within the spherical, he briefly dropped Volkanovski with an uppercut and was up huge heading into the third.
But Volkanovski got here out with a way of urgency within the championship rounds, ramping up his strike rely and tying Holloway up within the clinch. He began to discover a residence for his jab and landed a number of transient takedowns to shut out the battle robust. Two of the judges awarded Volkanovski the battle and the champion retained his title through cut up resolution.
Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) returns to motion on Sept. 25 when he takes on Brian Ortega (15-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in the primary occasion of UFC 266, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Before he faces Ortega, relive Volkanovski’s win over Holloway within the video above.