Regardless of Max Holloway developing quick in his final two fights with present UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski the promotion continues to be entertaining the thought of a trilogy bout.
Holloway, who misplaced to Volkanovski through unanimous resolution at UFC 245 again in December, hoped to regain his 145-pound crown final weekend at UFC 251 when he met “The Nice” in an anticipated rematch. Regardless of Holloway doing sufficient within the eyes of 1.Three million PPV watchers to win the featherweight reboot two of the judges awarded Volkanovski the victory through break up resolution (highlights HERE).
The result has sparked a lot controversy across the sport as this now leaves Holloway, the consensus biggest featherweight of all time, with out path in a weight class he’s known as house since 2012. “Blessed” is just at a degree in his profession the place he must be preventing for the title, not climbing again up the ladder of a division he helped construct.
Whereas most instances when a fighter captures two victories over an opponent UFC wouldn’t entertain a 3rd assembly, the promotion is altering its tune on this occasion as Holloway seemingly did sufficient to reclaim his featherweight strap on “Combat Island.”
“I agree, and it’s in all probability not robust to offer him the third struggle contemplating how that factor went down,” mentioned UFC president Dana White throughout a current dwell chat with Yahoo Sports activities’ Kevin Iole. “However I don’t know, once more let each these guys go house, spend a while [resting]. It sucks for Volkanovski to have the title, go house with everyone saying, ‘ah you didn’t win the struggle, you didn’t win the struggle.’ He gained the struggle, he gained the struggle. He received the choice. You possibly can agree with it, disagree with it no matter you wish to. The judges that evening gave him the struggle and I gotta get again to the drafting board and determine what’s subsequent for these two.”
White could also be leaning in direction of a trilogy bout between Volkanovski and Holloway nevertheless it’s nonetheless too early to inform if that can truly get completed. Volkanovski has a plethora of title contenders at 145 kilos, together with the likes of Brian Ortega, Chan Sung Jung, Yair Rodriguez, Zabit Magomedsharipov, and Calvin Kattar, so it’s not like he’s quick on choices.
Additionally, Holloway has been discussing a transfer as much as light-weight over the previous few years. “Blessed” even examined the waters towards 155-pound standout Dustin Poirier for an interim title again at UFC 236, however got here up quick on the judges’ scorecards but once more.
For now, all we are able to do is sit again and see how this performs out. Volkanovski appears prepared to maneuver on from his rivalry with Holloway, but when UFC throws sufficient cash his approach something is feasible, particularly if the trilogy bout takes place on the champ’s house soil.
What do you assume? Ought to UFC guide Volkanovski vs. Holloway 3? Or ought to Holloway transfer up and the featherweight division transfer on?
Let’s hear it!