LAS VEGAS — It’s safe to say, Alexander Volkanovski has buried his rivalry with Max Holloway for good this time.
Volkanovski (25-1) defended his featherweight championship for the fourth time Saturday night, defeating Holloway (23-7) via unanimous decision in their highly anticipated trilogy bout. All three judges scored the 145-pound title fight, which co-headlined UFC 276 inside T-Mobile Arena, a clean 50-45 sweep for the defending champ.
Saturday’s five-round contest was, by far, the most definitive result of the trilogy. The two first met at UFC 245 in December 2019, and again at UFC 251 in July 2020. Volkanovski won both by decision, but the fights were extremely close — particularly the rematch. Immediately after the rematch, some in the sport still considered Holloway the true featherweight champion, but that sentiment is long, long gone after UFC 276.