UFC 276: Pros react to Alexander Volkanovsi sweeping scorecards, rivalry with Max Holloway

See fellow UFC fighters react to the master-class performance put on by Alexander Volkanovski as he retained the UFC featherweight championship against Max Holloway at UFC 276

Alexander Volkanovski put his rivalry with Max Holloway to bed in emphatic fashion at UFC 276, putting on a striking clinic and an absolute beatdown to retain the UFC featherweight championship in the co-main event.

Volkanovski got off to a strong start even during the feeling-out process, proving to have the cleaner, quicker and crisper strikes. This was further emphasized in the second round, when one of Volkanovski’s strikes opened up a nasty gash around the left eye of Holloway.

Despite Holloway’s best efforts to pressure Volkanovski and utilize kicks more, Volkanovski just looked that much better. Volkanovksi’s speed and technique didn’t slow down and didn’t diminish in strength.

In the fifth round, Holloway showed off his heart, chin and fighting spirit by not backing down as blood trickled all over his face. But it wasn’t even close — all three judges scored the bout for Volkanovski with 50-45 scores.

UFC 276: Pros react to Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 3

Volkanovski and Holloway first met at UFC 245, with Volkanovski winning a clear-cut decision to take the UFC featherweight title. They’d rematch months later at UFC 251, with Volkanovski winning again — this time by a highly controversial split decision.

Since their second fight, Volkanovski has retained the title against Brian Ortega and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Holloway, meanwhile, has scored unanimous decision wins over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez.

UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier takes place on Saturday, July 2, 2022, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on-site, for all your news and highlights.

Published at Sun, 03 Jul 2022 04:43:26 +0000

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