The long-awaited trilogy match between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway is scheduled to take place at UFC 272 on March 5th. In addition, UFC 272 pay-per-view will also feature a much-anticipated rematch between bitter rivals Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan.
According to ESPN MMA‘s Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White has confirmed that UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will defend his title against Max Holloway at UFC 272. The fight will mark their third meeting inside the octagon.
Their first match took place at UFC 245 in December 2019. It saw Alexander Volkanovski into the match as the challenger and defeated ‘Blessed’ to win the title by unanimous decision. Their rematch took place at UFC 251 in July 2020, where ‘The Great’ won again, this time via a split decision.
After this, Alexander Volkanovski competed once, defeating Brian Ortega via a unanimous decision in September last year. Meanwhile, Max Holloway has fought twice since his rematch against Volkanovski.
Holloway’s last two matches took place in 2021 and saw him secure unanimous decision victories over Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez respectively.
Okamoto noted that White has also confirmed that the rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will see the duo clash in their high-stakes title collection at UFC 272.
Aljamain Sterling entered their first fight as the challenger and defeated Petr Yan via DQ (Disqualification) at UFC 259 in March 2021. Yan was disqualified for landing an illegal knee to the head while Sterling was down on the mat in the fourth round.
‘Funk Master’ has been out of order due to damage issues since. Meanwhile, Yan returned to beat Cory Sandhagen by unanimous decision and win the UFC’s preliminary bantamweight title at UFC 267 in October 2021.
Alexander Volkanovski believes a third loss to him would tarnish Max Holloway’s legacy
Late last year, Alexander Volkanovski posted a video on his YouTube channel criticizing Max Holloway for not calling him out after beating Yair Rodriguez. ‘The Great’ went on to suggest that Holloway was trying to avoid meeting him in a trilogy matchup, as he fears losing to the Australian champion a third time would tarnish his legacy.
“For Max this is a big deal. You fight me again and lose and go zero and three against me in the featherweight division at your best age – Max at his best age – You talk about inheritance? Your name is not in GOAT [Greatest Of All Time] talks longer. “
‘The Great’ continued, believing that if Holloway loses again, his featherweight run will be tainted.
“He loses again, we know no more. Your legacy in the featherweight division – Spotted. Let’s be real. Zero and three at your best age.”
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