LAS VEGAS – It seems Alexander Volkanovski The rivalry with Max Holloway is over.
UFC featherweight champion successfully defended his belt against Holloway and set a record against the Hawaiians with a score of 3-0. The two fought in Saturday’s co-main event UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena sold out.
It was a dominant performance by Volkanovski (25-1 MMA, 12-0 UFC), who for the last three years have been linked with Holloway as they sit at the top of the league.
“It’s been a small journey compared to this one,” Volkanovski told reporters at UFC 276’s post-fight press conference. “Like winning the title, having the rematch, and all that said and all of that is part of my career, and it adds to the story. It’s difficult. There’s a lot of ups and downs in it. There was a little bit I had to get through, but it was good to finally put an end to it and silence a lot of people.”
Even as a champion, many fans and pundits consider Holloway to be superior to Volkanovski and consider him a non-crowned weight class champion. Volkanovski is confident that this is a thing of the past and wants to move on to bigger things.
Volkanovski revealed that he may have broken his arm during the battle. Injuries may affect his scoring times, but cannot change them.
“Let me see what’s going on with (my hand),” Volkanovski said. “It gives me time to see what’s going on and be able to see what’s happening in my department. I want to be active, but if it’s not an opponent, maybe an injury can slow me down a bit. But other than that, I need to stay active and I want to get that dual champion status. And like I said, I can stay active enough and I’ve proven it. What is it, three battles in nine months? I only fought three months ago, not many champions do that. I don’t think I can get a No. 1 candidate so quickly and keep me busy, so give me another department.”