The co-main event of UFC 276 will feature a featherweight fight between Alexander Volkanovski (24-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) and Max Holloway (23-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC). UFC 276: Adesanya vs. Cannonier airs live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this Saturday, July 2nd. The main card will start with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT, with the ABC/ESPN/ESPN+ prelims beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT and the early prelims kicking off at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Volkanovski: 33 years old | 5’6” | 71.5” reach
Holloway: 30 years old | 5’11” | 69” reach
What have these two done recently?
Volkanovski: W – Chan Sung Jung (TKO) | W – Brian Ortega (DEC) | W – Max Holloway (SD)
Holloway: W – Yair Rodriguez (DEC) | W – Calvin Kattar (DEC) | L – Alexander Volkanovski (SD)
How did these two get here?
Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway are fighting for the third (and potentially) final time on Saturday night. The ‘Great’ is 2-0 against ‘Blessed,’ but because their fights were so close, it was no surprise to see Volkanovski vs. Holloway 3 scheduled.
“He’s getting another chance because he was being stubborn and made sure no one else got that No. 1 spot,” Volkanovski said of Holloway during the pre-fight press conference for UFC 276. And he is correct. Despite defeating Holloway twice, once by unanimous decision at UFC 245 and once by split decision at UFC 251, the reigning champion could not escape the former champion. The shadow of Holloway loomed over Volkanovski, who moved on to other challengers in the division.
Volkanovski dominated Brian Ortega and Chan Sung Jung in back-to-back defenses. At the same time, Holloway pushed towards a third opportunity against his foe with ‘Fight of the Night’ awarded performances against Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez. Now nearly three years removed from their first fight, Volkanovski and Holloway share the Octagon again in a clash of two featherweight greats.
Why should you care?
Volkanovski and Holloway are fired up for this trilogy! Seeing how their first two fights went, we should expect another compelling classic.
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