It’s time to cease doubting UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
While a pair of extraordinarily aggressive fights with fan favourite Max Holloway didn’t appear to earn Volkanovski the credit score he doubtless deserved as a UFC titleholder, his newest victory was nothing wanting a star-making efficiency.
At UFC 266, Volkanovski (23-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) turned in a largely dominant effort that additionally noticed his character examined when he was compelled to battle out of a third-round guillotine choke from Brian Ortega (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) that appeared destined to finish the battle. “The Great” later admitted the choke was extremely tight however that he refused to cede his title and easily gutted his manner out of the maintain.
Ortega confirmed his coronary heart, as effectively, refusing to stop regardless of being completely battered over the course of 25 minutes, incomes the pair a “Fight of the Night” bonus in a matchup that may doubtless discover its manner on some “Fight of the Year” lists in a couple of months’ time.
With the unimaginable win, Volkanovski reclaims the No. 1 spot at 145 kilos within the newest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie featherweight rankings, and he additionally climbs to No. 6 within the pound-for-pound listing, as effectively.
Of course, Volkanovski wasn’t the one fighter to make a transfer after UFC 266. Bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili (14-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and ladies’s flyweight Taila Santos (18-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) additionally made main strides with their wins at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
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