UFC 251: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway Play-by-Play

In a rematch, Alexander Volkanovski attempted to make his first UFC Featherweight Championship defence against Max Holloway. The fight went like this.

Bout 12: Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) vs. Max Holloway (21-5) (UFC Featherweight Championship)

Volkanovski was landing many leg kicks in the first round with the damage showing early on. The round was very much a feeling out process with no large shots for the first few minutes. In the final seconds of the round, Holloway landed a spinning back kick to the body. He followed up with a head kick that dropped Volkanovski. He recovered and endured the rest of the round.

Holloway connected with a good combination early. In the first round a small swelling under the right eye of Volkanovski developed. It continued to swell as the fight continued. Volkanovski was knocked down to his knees late in the second round by an uppercut. 

A takedown attempt was blocked by Holloway halfway through the third round. Holloway scored with a knee as they left the clinch that started following the takedown attempt. Holloway had the edge on the feet again in this round.

Volkanovski got a takedown with two minutes to go in the fourth round. Holloway was able to get up and separated shortly after. The fourth round was Volkanovski’s best yet, being the first in the fight where he out-struck Holloway.

Volkanovski put Holloway against the fence in the second minute of the final round, although Holloway got away moments later. Holloway was able to land jabs and cross punches for a few minutes. Volkanovski got a takedown in the fourth minute. Just like the time before, Holloway was quick to get back up and escape the clinch. Holloway was able to stop a takedown with a minute left in the fight. Another one was resisted 30 seconds later. Volkanovski got a takedown from the clinch as the fight ran out of time. The championship fight went into the hands of the judges, who gave the fight to Volkanovski via split decision (48-47 Holloway, 48-47 Volkanovski & 48-47 Volkanovski).

RESULT: Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via Decision, Split (UFC Featherweight Championship)

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Volkanovski 9 9 9 10 9 46
Holloway 10 10 10 9 10 49

Live coverage of UFC 251 can be found here.

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