Alexander Volkanovski can’t deny Max Holloway deserves trilogy

ABU DHABI – Max Holloway has actually made it.

Holloway (22-6 Mixed Martial Arts, 18-6 UFC) beat Calvin Kattar (22-5 Mixed Martial Arts, 6-3 UFC) in uneven style at UFC on ABC 1 – and according to his manager, Dana White, he’s done enough to be worthy of a 3rd fracture at UFC featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski.

“I think we have to (give Holloway a third shot),” White informed press reporters, consisting of Mixed Martial Arts Addict, throughout Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “I think we have to. I mean, when you’re the champion, you have the top five guys in the world gunning at you. When you’re the No. 1 contender in the world, you’ve got the top 10 guys in the world. Sometimes, No. 8 is more dangerous than No. 3.

“Tonight, he fought a bad dude that a lot of people thought was going to beat him. He went out and treated him like No. 6, so he did what he needed to do in spectacular fashion tonight. I think that he deserves to fight Volkanovski again.”


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Regardless of Volkanovski’s previous doubt to provide Holloway a 3rd opportunity to win given that December 2019, White believes the scenarios are various. As the champ, White showed Volkanovski needs to understand that Holloway is undoubtedly among the most difficult obstacles out there for him.

“Listen, he’s got this Ortega fight coming up,” White stated. “I think for a guy like him to watch this fight tonight when he’s the No. 1 contender – and like I said to you guys tonight, a lot of people whom I respect thought Calvin Kattar was going to win this fight tonight – the way that he looked, Volkanovski can’t even deny Max deserves another shot.”

Prior to a 3rd title battle vs. Holloway is reserved, nevertheless, Volkanovski will need to make it through next-in-line opposition Brian Ortega. The 2 featherweights have actually been reserved to eliminate at UFC 260 on March 27. The 145-pound title battle will work as the co-main occasion to UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou 2.

UFC on ABC 1 happened Saturday at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The primary card simulcasted on ABC and ESPN+ after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.