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Alexander Volkanovski beats Max Holloway by consistent choice to hold featherweight title at UFC 276

Alexander Volkanovski beats Max Holloway by consistent choice to hold featherweight title at UFC 276

Alexander Volkanovski beats Max Holloway by consistent choice to hold featherweight title at UFC 276
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Any reasonable person would agree, Alexander Volkanovski has covered his contention with Max Holloway for good this time.

Volkanovski (25-1) guarded his featherweight title for the fourth time Saturday night, overcoming Holloway (23-7) through consistent choice in their profoundly expected set of three session.

 Each of the three appointed authorities scored the 145-pound title battle, which co-featured UFC 276 inside T-Mobile Arena, a perfect 50-45 scope for the reigning champion.

Saturday's five-round challenge was, by a wide margin, the most conclusive consequence of the set of three. The two initially met at UFC 245 in December 2019, and again at UFC 251 in July 2020. Volkanovski won both by choice, however the battles were very close - - especially the rematch. 

Following the rematch, some in the game actually considered Holloway the genuine featherweight champion, yet that opinion is long, a distant memory after UFC 276.

"See, Max Holloway is a flat out monster," Volkanovski said. "That force he brought, that we both triumphed ultimately the most recent couple of days, I really wanted it. 

I truly required it. I needed to get him out of here. I knew I'm awesome. I expected to remind myself."

The battle played out totally on the feet, with neither one of the featherweights in any event, endeavoring a takedown until the last round. Holloway, of Waianae, Hawaii, pushed ahead 

all through the session, however battled to land any steady offense on the protectively strong Volkanovski. Volkanovski, in the mean time, rebuffed Holloway all through.

 He opened a profound cut to Holloway's left side eyebrow in the subsequent round, and harmed his nose with shots in the fourth.

As per UFC Stats, Volkanovski outlanded Holloway in all out strikes 204 to 161 - - and the distinction felt more articulated than that for those watching the battle. Volkanovski's guard was essentially wonderful, and he consistently landed weighty counter right hands as Holloway came shooting in with punches. It was Holloway who looked for the takedown, fruitlessly, in the last round - - his face a horrendous wreck.

Volkanovski, of Australia, has arisen as apparently the best pound-for-pound warrior on the planet since taking Holloway's belt in their most memorable battle. He has now safeguarded the title against Holloway two times, as well as against Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung. He is right now looking at a move up to lightweight to challenge briefly belt, a proposition on which UFC president Dana White has proactively voiced his help.

"I need to be in this Octagon however much as could reasonably be expected," Volkanovski said. "I need to be occupied. I don't figure this division can keep me occupied without help from anyone else. I need to climb."

Past a likely move to lightweight, Volkanovski's next featherweight title guard may be connected to a vital matchup among Ortega and Yair Rodriguez on July 16.

Volkanovski has now won 22 battles straight, remembering 12 for the UFC. He is the fourth warrior in UFC history to win his initial 12 battles in the advancement, joining Anderson Silva, Kamaru Usman and Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

He likewise is the third warrior in UFC history to win three battles against a solitary rival, joining Frankie Edgar (over BJ Penn) and Tito Ortiz (over Ken Shamrock).

Holloway sees a two-battle win streak snapped. His main misfortunes at featherweight tracing all the way back to 2014 have come against Volkanovski.


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