Pros react to Max Holloway vs. Alex Volkanovski 2 at UFC 251

Max Holloway, Alexander Volkanovski

Tonight’s UFC 251 pay-per-view event was co-headlined by a featherweight title fight rematch featuring Max Holloway challenging Alex Volkanovski.

Holloway (21-5 MMA) and Volkanovski (21-1 MMA) had first met at December’s UFC 245 event in Toronto, where ‘The Great’ was able to dethrone ‘Blessed’ by way of a unanimous decision victory.

That title-earning victory improved the Aussie’s current win streak to a jaw-dropping eighteen fights in a row. During that impressive stretch Volkanovski has scored victories over Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo and Darren Elkins.

Alexander Volkanovski, Max Holloway
Image Credit: Alexander Volkanovski’s Instagram (Photographer not listed)

As for Max Holloway, the former featherweight champion entered UFC 251 having gone just 1-2 over his past three Octagon appearances. During that stretch the Hawaiian had picked up a decision victory over Frankie Edgar, while suffering losses to Dustin Poirier and the aforementioned Alex Volkanovski respectively.

Tonight’s UFC 251 co-main event proved to be an absolute war. Max Holloway seemed to get the better of the opening first two rounds, while rounds three and four were closely contested. Heading into the fifth and final round the general consensus among fight fans was that the score was either tied or Holloway had a one round edge. However, the Aussie was able to score two timely takedowns in the final round which had many fans wondering how the bout would be scored by the judges in attendance. Ultimately, Volkanovski’s late surge proved to be enough as he edged out a split decision victory.

Official UFC 251 Result: Alex Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Check out how the pros reacted to Volkanovski defeating Holloway below:

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on July 11, 2020