Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway will clash at the UFC 251, for the second time in a row. This is a rematch after Volkanovski’s win at the UFC 245 once he stripped the belt from arguably the best featherweight fighter in the UFC history. The Aussie, however, believes he is that guy now and aims to back up his claims with another win. That would most definitely make him one of the biggest stars in the organization. But that is easier said than done, and Holloway himself has his own plans.
Volkanovski (-200) completely neutralized Holloway in the first match, not allowing the champion ,at the time, to come close and to start using his usual techniques and combinations.
Alex the Great was constantly chopping Holloway’s legs, which pretty much confused the champ, who as time went by began to lose focus allowing a few nasty hits. Yet, we need to add that Volkanovski himself didn’t show some staggering performance, but his game plan was preventing that. He had a strict assignment and tactics which forced him to be conservative,
Volkanovski has 19 straight wins, eight in the UFC. From those eight triumphs, six was via decision, and that tells a lot about his style of fight. It is patient, conservative, and calculated up to the smallest details. Before Holloway, he defeated Jose Aldo via unanimous decision, and prior that Chad Mendes via TKO, which was the Fight of the Night at the UFC 232.
Holloway (+200) is coming into this one as an underdog, which is a bit shocking for many fans. Still, you need to understand that Blessed, as those same fans call him, didn’t fight a guy like Volkanovski. He did have a stellar career, but the majority of his opponents weren’t tough and, as we once said before, conservative, as Volkanovski.
His entire arsenal is effective in the situations once the rival opens and tries to attack. After that comes the fury of punches, which forces the opponent to retreat, and that is mostly when fights stop. We’ll see how he handles those leg kicks this time and how he manages to restrain some new surprises Volkanovski prepares.
Many believe that Holloway doesn’t have an efficient and good team behind him as his current rival. Most of the fights he won were because of the talent, not some gameplan or anything like that.
Interestingly, just a few noticed that Max has two losses in the previous three events. Apart from a defeat vs. Volkanovski last time, he lost to Dustin Poirier at the UFC 236, posting a win after that against Frankie Edgar. Both of these events ended via unanimous decision.
By far, this will be the most interesting fight of the night. Both guys are well prepared, and they already know one another, and to be honest, we don’t know who is going to win. But we too know something else, and that is the length of the battle. As we see, both guys go to distance in recent times, and the chances for witnessing the same in this event are pretty high. We said it already, Volkanovski and Holloway know one another, meaning that there won’t be much room for surprises. The odds for this are at -250.
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