Alexander Volkanovski says his UFC 276 rival Max Holloway was BLESSED to get another shot at him
Alexander Volkanovski lights the fuse for a huge title fight in the trilogy – he says opponent Max Holloway is lucky enough to even step into the Octagon against him: ‘He is blessed’
- Volkanovski will face American Max Holloway for the third time at UFC 276
- The Aussie fighter won the first two encounters, including a split point decision
- He said other fighters wouldn’t get the same opportunities as Holloway
- Volkanovski believes no other fighter would get a title shot after trailing 0-2
Australian UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski fired the first shot ahead of his trilogy fight against Max Holloway – saying his opponent was “blessed” for getting the shot to walk into the octagon at all.
Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski was virtually unstoppable in his 25-bout UFC career — just one enduring defeat nine years ago.
His latest win saw him knock out Korean zombie, Jung Chan-sung, in the fourth round at UFC 273 in April.
However, American featherweight champion Max Holloway is one of the fighters to come close to a split point decision in their second title fight.
The two fighters are in the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world and they will meet again on Sunday at UFC 276 as the co-main event for Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier.
Holloway is at number 6 in the world rankings, while Volkanovski is at number 3.
When asked on main event if this fight went through when he was trailing 2-0, Volkanovski wouldn’t mince his words.
“Honestly it wouldn’t be,” he said.
Max is known as ‘Blessed’ Holloway.
“And he’s been blessed with this third injection.
“Before the UFC asks for it, and then for me as a champion to accept after already going two-nil, I think he’s in a very lucky position.
“So he should feel privileged and lucky to have this opportunity.
“Because I don’t think anyone in any other division gets this chance.”
Volkanovski knows his opponent will be hungry and he will face a tough challenge after the American could be within an inch of a historic win last time.
“Right now it’s working,” Volkanovski said.
“Max is the number 1 candidate and we had that close fight last time.
“So people are still interested and that’s why we’re going to make it happen.”
Alexander Volkanovski (R) punches UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway in their title fight at UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019
Meanwhile, former title holder Holloway has likened the fight to the fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, light heavyweight, light heavyweight, and it was “once in a generation” that two of the best pound-for-pound fighters came together in the Octagon.
“If you look at it that way, it’s crazy. When in the last decade did this fight take place, where two top men in the top 10 pound-for-pound rankings took place?’ asked Holloway on The MMA Hour.
‘The only guys that come to mind is ‘DC’ [Daniel Cormier] and [Jon] jones. Those are the only guys. And we’re here now, and this battle, these things don’t happen.
“And these are the things that excite me. We can be part of that history.’
UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya and UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski pose for a media opportunity to promote UFC 276
Holloway also said a championship belt would not define his career.
‘I am a champion. I told everyone that,” he said.
“I’m going to be a champion and I was a champion from the moment I stepped into the UFC. That’s just the way you should carry yourself.
‘If you don’t behave like that, why are you fighting? Will you fight to become the second best in the world? That doesn’t make sense.’