At UFC 245, Alexander Volkanovski did what nobody had carried out to Max Holloway in the Featherweight division in 5 decades, and that is hand him a loss within the Octagon. When they rematch at UFC 251, “The Great” strategies to do to “Blessed” what no just one has finished to him in eight a long time, and that’s rating a stoppage win over him.
According to Volkanovski, right after he ended Max’s reign at 145 kilos, his frown was somewhat turned upside down in the days and weeks to abide by. That’s due to the fact the champ claims he felt disrespected by not receiving the respect he deserved for outclassing one of the best.
“This is a rematch and I have received something to confirm suitable now, this is even larger than just a earn,” Volkanovski instructed ESPN. “I never want to go out there and just defeat him, I have previously finished that. I dominated him for five rounds final time, but they give him a rematch in any case.”
He ideas to stay clear of that this time all over by truly halting “Blessed” within just 25 minutes to erase any and all question as to who the improved fighter is concerning the two.
“People rapidly fail to remember how I did it, there ended up biased opinions and commentary, anything. So I’m a very little little bit aggravated, I sense disrespected. I have bought a little something to establish this time, I’ll place him away within the 5 [rounds] this time. I guarantee you that. I’m sending a message.”
Neither guy has competed in the six months given that their to start with bout in huge aspect because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And while the coronavirus is nevertheless sweeping the world, Dana White and Co. are continue to going solid, likely as significantly as securing “Fight Island” on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi for all worldwide fighters who cannot get into the state to contend.
In truth, “The Great” and “Blessed” will co-headline the promotion’s first celebration on the island on July 11, 2020. Should really Volkanovski get a next straight gain around Holloway, it could prompt the previous champ to make a long-lasting move up to Lightweight. If Max will get his revenge, don’t be much too amazed to see a trilogy battle concerning the two faster, somewhat than later.