- Max Holloway likened his trilogy fight with Alex Volkanovski to Jon Jones & Daniel Cormier’s rivalry
- Holloway believes Volkanovski will be fine moving up a weight class
Max Holloway considers his upcoming fight with Alex Volkanovski to be as rare a fight as you could get.
Currently, on a two-fight win streak, Holloway is coming off a unanimous decision win over Yair Rodriguez in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night 197. He is slated to face the reigning UFC Featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski during International Fight Week on July 2 at UFC 276.
A third fight is a rare spectacle in the sport, and Holloway is happy to be a part of history.
Max Holloway likens trilogy fight with Alex Volkanovski to Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier
In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Max Holloway talked about the significance of his trilogy fight with ‘The Great’. Having two athletes on the top of the pound-for-pound rankings compete against each other for the third time is pretty unique. As per ‘Blessed’, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s heated rivalry is a notable one that comes to mind.
“I fight for a finish every time, I’m going to fight this fight just like how I fought every other fight, like it’s my first and might be my last. I’ve been in there for 10 rounds with the guy. I feel good, I feel confident and we’d be lucky if we get past three in this one”
“When in the last decade did this fight happen where two top guys in the top ten pound for pound rankings happened. How many times did it happen? The only guys that come to mind is DC and Jones. That’s the only guys and we’re here now.
“These things don’t happen and these are the things that excite me. We get to be a part of that history and to you guys, to all the hardcore fans, this is what they want. They want the best of the best fighting each other”
“It happens every so often a decade and we’re getting blessed with one right now”
Holloway believes Volkanovski will be fine moving up
Volkanovski is on a 20-fight win streak and has proven to be a dominant champion at 145. He stands undefeated in the UFC with a lack of fresh contenders who can challenge him at the same level of not only competition but business as well.
He’s indicated a move up to lightweight in a bid to become ‘champ-champ’. Holloway believes Volkanovski will be fine if he goes to 155-lbs as he fought at that weight prior.
“Don’t they talk about like he’s at 55, 170 outside of the UFC? I think he’d be fine. He knows how the weight is and I think he knows everything so we’ll see what happens. First things first he got me on his plate”
Holloway will challenge Volkanovski for a third time this July 2nd at UFC 276.