UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is growing frustrated with the calls for a trilogy fight with former champion Max Holloway.
Volkanovski and Holloway last fought at UFC 245 back in 2019 and that fight was an extremely close one, however, the Aussie was able to win the fights on the judges’ scorecards. The pair again fought last year at UFC 251 in Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.
The rematch also went to the judge’s scorecards and this time it was closer than the first fight and again the judges scored it for Alexander Volkanovski. Now there have been talks about a rematch between the pair.
The trilogy talks have frustrated him and now he wants the fans to move on from it.
“It is annoying. People just quickly forget,” Volkanovski told SCMP MMA in a recent interview (h/t Abhinav Kini of The Body Lock MMA). “All they remember is the close fight we had last July. That’s all they remember. It was a close fight. It was very competitive. Max showed up early. I didn’t really show up.
“Luckily enough, I’m so well rounded and I’ve got that grit, I’m going to push myself. I ain’t going make excuses but if there was going to be a day that Max Holloway was going to beat me, that was the day. Let me just put that out there. And I was still able to steal the last three rounds so that just shows you how good I am. But people are going to forget that too.”
Alexander Volkanovski: I ain’t going to keep rematching him till he wins
Alexander Volkanovski acknowledged the fact that Max Holloway is a high-level competitor and he understands why fans would want to see the trilogy.
“So again, it is annoying but at the same time, I understand it. It was a close fight. It was a very competitive fight and it was two of the best going at it. There’s a lot of hate but at the same time, there are so many people who appreciate two of the guys at the highest level having this chess match. A lot of people are missing that and they don’t realize that what they got to see was fucking rare. It is rare to see two of the highest level figuring each other out and really adjusting every minute. The fight IQ that was involved in both our fights was just incredible and people are missing that because obviously they see the first two rounds and that’s all they remember.”
“I understand it [the desire for a trilogy] but come on, I ain’t going to keep rematching him till he wins.”