Alexander Volkanovski set to run it back against Max Holloway at UFC 251

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The featherweight title rematch between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski has been set for UFC 251. The fight will take place on June 7 at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia.

The official announcement has been made by UFC’s official twitter page.

The last time UFC had an event in Perth was back in February of 2018. The tourism minister Paul Papalia joined Volkanovski at the Arena to make the announcement.

Perth’s first UFC event in 2018 was an absolute triumph for WA tourism – drawing thousands of visitors and supporting our hotels, bars, restaurants and other small businesses

We’re looking forward to UFC 251 being another great success and solidifying Perth’s claim to be a regular host city for UFC’s future championship bouts,” Paul Papalia said.

Volkanovski defeated Holloway at UFC 245 in December. He ended Holloway’s six-year undefeated run in the featherweight division.

Alexander Volkanovski not keen on a rematch with Max Holloway

Volkanovski revealed in a interview last month that an immediate rematch doesn’t make sense because the fight wasn’t as close as he had initially anticipated.

“Straight after, Dana White was mentioning the rematch and even I touched base on it but watching back the tape, the fight wasn’t probably as close as I originally thought,” Volkanovski said last month in an interview.

Watching it again and I was trying to watch it as I was trying not to be biased. I was definitely trying to notice everything that he done and I was struggling to give him one round. I really did. There’s obviously rounds that was a lot closer than others but if you’re giving him a round, it’s purely because he was champion and you wanted him to win. That’s the way I look at it. There was some rounds that were a little bit closer but I was struggling to give him a round. I really was. But it’s not like I blew him out of the park every round but I was definitely ahead.”

If it was a lot closer, a split decision, stuff like that, I mean my coaches are even going to say he deserves that rematch. But they watched the tape and they’re like ‘you can’t just give him a rematch after that,’” Volkanovski said. “I’m the type of person, I’ll fight whoever.

I believe I’ll get the job done anyway. Not just that, I reckon there’s money in that rematch as well and I could probably redo my contract, we’ll see. Again, we’ll just see. There’s time.”

Max hasn’t really been talking about the rematch or anything. I don’t know if he wants to fight lightweight. He’s been talking about that for a long time,” Volkanovski said.

Without being rude, I was saying that I would take that belt and I would make that decision easier for you and you could move up. Maybe that’s what he is doing, I don’t know.”

Who do you guys think wins in the rematch?


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