Followers shouldn’t maintain their breath for the extremely anticipated trilogy match between UFC featherweight champion Alexander “The Nice” Volkanovsi and former champ Max “Blessed” Holloway. In a latest interview with ESPN, Volkanovski shot down the thought of one other quick rematch for Holloway.
After Volkanovski defeated Holloway and claimed the featherweight strap at UFC 245 in December 2019, Blessed obtained an instantaneous rematch. The Nice defeated Holloway by unanimous choice however some scored the bout for Holloway, and since he had been so dominant at featherweight up till that time, the UFC ran the battle again.
The 2 rivals met in July for a rematch. They fought within the co-main occasion of UFC 251 on July 11, and the battle as soon as once more went to choice. Volkanovski walked out of the Octagon because the victor with the strap, this time successful by cut up choice.
Though many viewers scored the bout for Holloway, Volkanovski just isn’t ready to present the previous champ one other quick rematch.
Volkanovski informed ESPN that providing one other rematch to Blessed doesn’t make sense at this level. He mentioned that though many of the 10 rounds they’ve shared within the Octagon collectively had been aggressive, it could be “foolish” to do a trilogy battle immediately as he received the vast majority of them.
He mentioned (h/t MMA Preventing):, “We’re nicely conscious that taking him out is troublesome to do. However on the identical time, the vast majority of the rounds out of the 2 fights clearly present that I received seven or eight of them. Once more, very aggressive rounds so that you’ve obtained to present credit score to Max however on the identical time, successful two again to again, it could be foolish to do a rematch.”
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Volkanovski Is Keen to Battle Holloway Once more However Needs Him to Win a Few Fights First
The Nice just isn’t against preventing Holloway once more, he simply desires him to earn a couple of victories earlier than receiving one other title shot. Volkanovski mentioned:
I mentioned as quickly as I obtained the belt, I need primary contenders. I need the fellows which can be subsequent in line. So if Max takes a couple of guys out and there’s no one else left and it’s him, he’s that primary man, I’ll take that battle. Once more, that’s what I need to do. I’m a straightforward champion to know. I need primary contenders, plain and easy. No beating across the bush. Give me the fellows which can be subsequent in line, the fellows that deserve it, and let’s go.
There are 2 Featherweight Bouts That Might Decide Volkaovski’s Subsequent Opponent
There are two featherweight bouts that would doubtlessly decide the following title challenger within the featherweight division. On August 29, No. 2 ranked featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov will tackle No. 5 Yair Rodriguez at UFC Battle Evening 176.
No. three ranked Brian Ortega is linked to No. four ranked “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung for a battle, nonetheless nothing has been scheduled.
Volkanovski informed ESPN: “They’re two huge fights. Whoever wins them and wins in wild style, I’m certain everybody shall be screaming their identify. Everyone seems to be gonna be saying, ‘That’s the man.’ Everybody goes to be hyping that battle up and that’s gonna be the battle that everybody desires to see.”
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