Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway tangle in strap battle for the featherweight title on the main card at UFC 251 Saturday at the UFC’s Fight Island facility on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The prelims kick off at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+, followed by the main card set for 10 p.m. ET on Pay-Per-View.
Volkanovski (21-1) has what Holloway (21-5) wants, and what was once his – the featherweight championship. The Australian defeated Holloway last time out at UFC 245 by unanimous decision in a co-main event on the Usman-Covington card Dec. 14, 2019. In fact, Volkanovski’s last loss was seven years ago, falling to Corey Nelson via TKO (punches) May 9, 2013 at AFC 5: Australian Fighting Championship. Since arriving on the UFC scene, Volkanovski has won each of his eight fights, with three KO/TKO and five unanimous decision victories.
Holloway (21-5) lost his belt to Dustin Poirier at UFC 236, but bounced back with a win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 to scratch back to the top. However, as mentioned above, Holloway was edged by Volkanovski at UFC 245 in his most recent bout. Each of Holloway’s past three events have ended in unanimous decision, two being losses. He has fought into the third round in each of his past nine events, so don’t expect a quick finish to this one.