Dana White: Alexander Volkanovski – Max Holloway III “Makes Sense”
By FCF Staff
In the past, Alexander Volkanovski has argued it’s time to move on from the Max Holloway chapter of his career. But, it looks like UFC President Dana White believes a third fight is inevitable.
Holloway returned to the Octagon on Saturday at UFC Vegas 42, and outscored Yair Rodriguez in the card’s thrilling headliner, for the unanimous decision win. It was Holloway’s second victory since he dropped his rematch to Volkanovski in July 2020, by split decision.
Due to how close Volkanovski – Holloway II was, and because of what the latter has accomplished during his remarkable career, talk about a trilogy fight has never gone away. Following UFC Vegas 42, White was asked about the possibility of Volkanovski – Holloway III, and he acknowledged it likely will happen (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“It’s one of those things – it was razor thin, (Holloway) just comes in and puts on a performance like this,” White said. “This is just a guy that Volkanovski’s going to have to just get him out of the way and do it again.”
Holloway has also been talking again, about the possibility of rematching Conor McGregor, who stopped him back in 2013. But, White clearly doesn’t think the time is right to discuss that match-up.
“I don’t know what’s next for Max, but it does make sense to see him and Volkanovski again,” White said. “Conor’s not even – Conor’s still hurt. To even talk about Conor is silly.”
Volkanovski ended Holloway’s reign as champion in December 2019, by recording a unanimous decision victory. Most recently, in September, Volkanovski defeated Brian Ortega by unanimous decision.