Alexander Volkanovski showcased once again why he is the king of the UFC Featherweight Division at UFC 276, defeating the man who had the mixed martial arts world divided on whether he was the kryptonite to Volkanovski’s legacy: Max Holloway.
When the Octagon door locked behind two of the best that the Featherweight Division has ever seen, fight fans knew they were in for something special when we finally got to witness and settle the debate on who was the better of the two.
The back-and-forth we all were expecting just wasn’t there as it was all Alexander Volkanovski, every round, leaving Max Holloway sitting on the stool wondering how he was going to figure out the best version of Volkanovski we have seen thus far. It really showed at UFC 276 that this is the next level of mixed martial artist Volkanovski has become.
Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski in Slow Motion at UFC 276
You can really appreciate what the champ did at UFC 276 with this badass super slow-motion video. Check out more super slow motion fights on UFC Fight Pass and search Fight Motion – it really puts each strike landed in Volkanovski vs. Holloway 3 in perspective.
What Is Next?
Since the dust has settled from UFC 276, the UFC Featherweight number one contender is up for grabs and it seems to be a mad dash to be next in line for a shot at Alexander Volkanovski’s championship. When you look at the top five in the division, it has been debated that it could be either Josh Emmett (after he edged out a victory over Calvin Kattar at UFC Austin) or Yair Rodriguez (if he can defeat Brian Ortega live on ABC). Two fresh opponents that have yet to have a shot at gold.
Or, if none of those fights interest Volkanovski, his stock rose so high at UFC 276 that he could go up in weight and try to capture Lightweight gold. It could be a perfect time for a super fight to crown a new champ as the Lightweight title currently sits vacant.
Alexander Volkanovski has put himself in an amazing discussion of not only being the greatest Featherweight of all time, but if he continues being great he could quite possibly be in talks for Greatest of all Time.
What do you think Volkanovski should do next: defend at Featherweight or pursue double champ status?