By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Max Holloway felt like he did enough to recapture his belt at UFC 251. However, the Hawai’ian let the fight come down to the judges.
Alexander Volkanovski was able to retain the Featherweight belt against Holloway in the co-main event at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. He won the bout by split decision.
Volkanovski won on two of the three judges car. The Australian won on two cars with a 48-47 score. The Hawai’ian won 48-47 on one card.
The card appeared to be 2-2 through the first two rounds. Volkanovski was able to win the fifth round, which gave him the win.
With the win, the 31-year-old improved to 22-1 in his MMA career. This is Volkanovski’s eighth career decision win.
Volkanovski has won 19 straight bouts. He has defeated Holloway in back-to-back bouts, but in two different decisions.
He won on Saturday night via a split decision. However, on December 14, 2019, he defeated Holloway by unanimous decision.
In fact, Volkanovski’s last three bouts have come by decision. He also defeated Jose Aldo by unanimous decision on May 11, 2019.
The 28-year-old Holloway has fallen to 21-6 in his MMA career. Five of his losses have come by decision.
The Waianae, Hawai’i native has dropped three of his last four fights. Besides the two losses to Volkanovski, he also dropped a fight to Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 in April 2019.
Holloway’s lone win during this stretch was over Frankie Edgar at UFC 240.