Alexander Volkanovski: Third Fight With Max Holloway “Doesn’t Really Make Sense”
By FCF Staff
On account of how close their second bout was, there have been calls for a third fight between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski. But, the UFC’s featherweight champ says it’s time to move on.
Volkanovki faced Holloway at UFC 251 earlier this month, and recorded his second, decision win over Holloway. But, due to the fact a lot of people scored the fight for Holloway, including one judge, some have been pushing for a third bout.
The Australian fighter recently appeared on Submission Radio, and Volkanovski made it clear he’s not interested in fighting Holloway again, anytime soon (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“It’s pretty clear when you win back-to-back, two wins in a row, to make a third one, it doesn’t really make sense – especially right now,” Volkanovski said. “Again, we know that last fight was close but the judges gave me the decision and that’s that. In the first fight, even though it was competitive, I pretty clearly won that fight. To just give him another rematch straight away and put the division on hold, it just doesn’t really make sense.”
“(Dana White) was throwing it out there but at the same time, he was saying the exact thing I’m saying,” Volkanovski said. “In this division, we’ve got all these guys about to fight. By the end of the year, we’re going to have a clear No. 1 – and you’re going to just keep giving Max rematches? … I won twice in back-to-back (fights). You know what I mean? It just doesn’t really make sense right now. Again, it’s definitely something that can be a big fight in the future, as well.”
Some of the other contenders currently in the title shot mix include Chan Sung Jung, Zabit Magomedsharipov, Brian Ortega, and Yair Rodriguez.