Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-Zero UFC) retained his featherweight title by the pores and skin of his enamel within the pay-per-view co-headliner at Flash Discussion board in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. He edged Holloway (21-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) by cut up choice, making it 2-Zero over “Blessed” after successful one other aggressive choice at UFC 245 in December to take the belt.
There was no scarcity of backlash over the outcome, and even UFC president Dana White mentioned it was “dangerous judging.” Volkanovski doesn’t see a lot controversy, although, and mentioned he received the third, fourth and fifth rounds. With that, he feels the door ought to be closed on his rivalry with Holloway.
“It was a troublesome one,” Volkanovski advised reporters, together with MMA Junkie, post-fight at UFC 251. “We anticipated him to make changes, he made good changes within the first two rounds. Then he did what we truly anticipated him too with the assaults. However his first two rounds have been robust then we needed to choose it up. By the third spherical we picked it up. That third spherical was shut, however we have been assured we received that third spherical then clearly we took the fourth and fifth. Tight struggle, however when the judges introduced the rating we thought we received the final three. Pleased with the win. To win a rematch like that again to again, it says one thing. I’m pleased to complete the chapter. On to the following.”
Though there may be some who imagine the choice in Volkanovski’s favor was unjust, he thinks he revealed some constructive traits about himself within the struggle. He misplaced the primary two rounds and received damage with some punches within the course of, however mentioned the actual fact he was in a position to maintain himself within the struggle and emerge with the win says quite a bit about his character.
“I confirmed what champions are product of,” Volkanovski mentioned. “This sport isn’t simple and I confirmed what I’m product of. Sure champions can dig deep like I did. I’m proud I did and received the job finished and might deliver this (belt) him to Australia to my family and friends.”
Volkanovski mentioned he’s surveying the complete 145-pound division for his subsequent problem after defending the strap for the primary time. He doesn’t see a transparent No. 1 contender, however thinks some potential fights within the coming months resembling Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige, Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung and Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Yair Rodriguez may assist decide this subsequent opponent.
The potential of a 3rd showdown with Holloway wasn’t fully shut down by Volkanovski. Nevertheless, he mentioned he thinks the Hawaiian must put in some work earlier than that’s one thing that’s given severe consideration.
“You by no means know,” Volkanovski mentioned. “Clearly, he’s received to undergo the rankings system now and I don’t suppose the primary struggle was shut. This was in all probability nearer than the primary struggle however once more, I received he job finished. Doesn’t matter. I really feel like I confirmed I’m the most effective fighter on the planet even in the present day. I imagine I completed that chapter. I don’t know the place he goes from right here, I don’t know if he desires to maneuver up or no matter. However I did what I wanted to do.”