Alexander Volkanovski Questions Whether Max Holloway Should Receive Immediate Rematch
By FCF Staff
Due to Max Holloway’s impressive run as the featherweight champ, many have argued that “Blessed” should receive an immediate rematch with the new champ, Alexander Volkanovki. But, after rewatching their bout at UFC 245, Volkanovski is questioning whether Holloway should get another shot at the belt next.
Volkanovski snapped Holloway’s 14 fight winning streak at featherweight last month, by outscoring him for a unanimous decision win. There’s been extensive speculation that the UFC will offer Holloway a rematch, but while speaking to MMA Fighting recently, Holloway (21-5) said this:
“Straight after, Dana White was mentioning the rematch and even I touched base on it but watching back the tape, the fight wasn’t probably as close as I originally thought,” Volkanovski said.
“Watching it again and I was trying to watch it as I was trying not to be biased. I was definitely trying to notice everything that he done. I was struggling to give him one round. I really did. There’s obviously rounds that was a lot closer than others but if you’re giving him a round, it’s purely because he was champion and you wanted him to win. That’s the way I look at it. There was some rounds that were a little bit closer but I was struggling to give him a round. I really was. But it’s not like I blew him out of the park every round but I was definitely ahead.”
“If it was a lot closer, a split decision, stuff like that, I mean my coaches are even going to say he deserves that rematch. But they watched the tape and they’re like ‘you can’t just give him a rematch after that,’” Volkanovski said. “I’m the type of person, I’ll fight whoever.
The 31 year-old Volkanovski (21-1), meanwhile, has now won 18 straight fights.