The undisputed UFC featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, beat the ex-champion for the second time Max holloway by split decision in the stellar fight the UFC 251, despite the fact that for many it was a controversial decision and that a trilogy should be established, the Australian fighter thinks otherwise.
Speaking for Submission Radio, Volkanovsky (22-1) referred to a possible trilogy fight, one that the UFC president, Dana White, has said that “it is difficult not” to give Holloway despite having officially lost twice:
“It’s pretty clear that after you get two wins in a row, making a third fight just doesn’t make sense, especially right nowVolkanovski said. “Once again, we know that the last fight was closed, but the judges gave me the decision, and that’s it. And in the first fight, even though it was competitive, I clearly won that fight. So just giving him another rematch right away and putting the division on hold just doesn’t make any sense. ”
Despite Volkanovski not being interested in a third fight, Dana said this week that “is the fight that should be done“, And said that there are possibilities to program said combat. The 145-pound monarch commented that the rematch was practically forced by the UFC, and that this time he does not intend to do the same.
“I gave Max a rematch for themVolkanovski said. “The UFC offered me nothing (fights) other than the rematch. My team was not very happy about that, but again, I ended up saying, you know, there is nobody else, I still think this is the best fight for me, because there was no clear contender. I thought it was a great fight, and that’s why I did it. ”
“I’d probably consider it if there wasn’t another fight to be made and this was the fight everyone wanted, but it seems everyone wants us to move on. The division needs to develop, and we have a complete division, we are so many. We have 15 people classified for a reason, and what, Will we keep fighting until Max wins? Understand what I say? It just doesn’t make sense“
Just like Volkanovski says, there are several fighters who have merits to face for the title, where names like Zabit Magomedsharipov and Brian Ortega they come out. Additionally, former UFC Flyweight and Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo has been hinting that he would return from retirement to face Volkanovski at featherweight, something he also rules out. “Alexander the Great”.
“Once again, (Cejudo) has done great things in flyweight and bantamweight, but featherweight is something completely different. . . That’s why it just doesn’t make sense to me, because everyone is going to wait for him to come out and mop the floor with him. And that is exactly what is going to happen. Without disrespecting Henry Cejduo, but he’s a completely different breed in this division. “
Volkanovski is currently in seventh place in the UFC’s pound-for-pound ranking.
Finish the trilogy, make way for another contender or face Cejudo…. What do you think?