It is official! Alexander Volkanovski will defend his title against former champion Max Holloway at UFC 251. The two fighters had already faced each other at UFC 245 where Volkanovski won by a unanimous decision. The UFC announced that the fight will happen on July 12 on Fight Island and will be the co-main event. Therefore, check out our Volkanovski v Holloway rematch predictions as the fight will certainly be as exciting as the first one.
The Two Best Featherweights Will Clash Again
On December 15 of 2019, Alexander Volkanovski snatched the featherweight title from Max “Blessed” Holloway at UFC 251. This was one of the most exciting featherweight title bouts as both fighters landed some clean shots. Fans and analysts expected Alexander will try to take the fight to the ground as Max is an elite striker. However, the fight featured zero takedowns and was always kept on the feet. Both fighters averaged over six significant strikes per minute, but the Volkov landed the cleaner ones. Alexander outstruck his opponent 173-103 and landed many significant leg kicks that played a major role in the unanimous decision win. As Holloway is one of the most dominant fighters in the featherweight, the UFC offered him a rematch against the newly crowned champion. Therefore, here are our Volkanovski v Holloway rematch predictions for UFC 251.
Volkanovski v Holloway Rematch Predictions – Things You Should Consider
Volkanovski is one of the scariest featherweights. The champion has won his last 18 fights, out of which 11 came by way of knockout. He is ranked number 7 on the pound for pound list and is undefeated in the UFC. The Australian’s last loss was back in 2013 against Corey Nelson. On his way to the title at the UFC, Volkanovski defeated some of the best fighters in the division. His list of victims includes Jose Aldo, Darren Elkins, and Chad Mendes. In a recent interview, the champion explained that this is not just a title defense and wants to prove that he is the best “This is a rematch and I’ve got something to prove right now, this is bigger than just a win”. Before claiming that the Volkanovski v Holloway rematch predictions will be the same as the first fight, let us look at Holloway’s resume.
Before losing his title at UFC 245, Max Holloway was one of the most dominating featherweights. Prior to this loss, he went on a 14-fight win streak in the featherweight division, and his last loss was against McGregor in 2013. He is currently ranked the number 1 contender in the featherweight division and number 9 in the pound for pound list. The Hawaiian had defended his title three times against Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, and Brian Ortega (who was undefeated at that time).
Volkanovski v Holloway Rematch Odds
With such an amazing resume, online sportsbook sites in the US have placed the challenger as a slight underdog the Volkanovski v Holloway rematch predictions. For instance, betting odds on Bwinfor Holloway to regain his title are 2.65, while odds of Volkanovski successfully defending are 1.50. Holloway’s best chance of regaining his title is to check the kicks and have a southpaw stance as much as possible. How do you see this fight playing out?