Alexander Volkanovski
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Title defense vs. Holloway coming
FeatherweightUFC
May 11, 2020
Volkanovski is targeted to defend his featherweight title against Max Holloway, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski emerged victorious over Holloway via unanimous decision in December, gaining the featherweight title at the cost of a broken hand. Now fully recovered from the injury, his first title defense is set to be a rematch against Holloway. However, the UFC has yet to confirm a date for the featherweight bout.
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Recovered from broken hand
FeatherweightUFC
March 23, 2020
Volkanovski (hand) said Sunday in an interview with UFC reporter Megan Olivi that he's received clearance to resume training.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski had been sidelined since requiring right hand surgery in December to address an injury he suffered in his win over Max Holloway at UFC 245 in Las Vegas. Now that he's healthy again, Vokanovski will turn his focus to preparing for his next fight, which will likely come in June at UFC 250 in Perth. The 31-year-old is expected to match up with Holloway again in his first title defense.
Opting for surgery
FeatherweightUFC
December 19, 2019
Volkanovski will undergo surgery to repair a broken left hand, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Word of a potentially serious hand injury surfaced Tuesday when medical suspensions were announced, and Volkanovski confirmed the news early Thursday morning via Instagram. The new champion's exact recovery time will presumably remain unclear until the surgery is complete, though it's entirely possible he won't make his first title defense until the summer of 2020.
Potential hand injury
FeatherweightUFC
December 18, 2019
Volkanovski has been suspended 180 days pending medical clearance of a right hand injury, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While Volkanovski's title-winning performance might be most remembered byt he damage he did to former champion Max Holloway's legs, he'll come away with a possible hand injury that could require the maximum medical suspension. He's already set to be sidelined a mandatory 45 days (30 days no contact), but his title defense might have to wait until next June unless an orthopedic physician grants him earlier clearance.
New UFC Featherweight Champion
FeatherweightUFC
December 14, 2019
Volkanovski became the new UFC Featherweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Max Holloway via unanimous decision (49-48, 49-48, 50-45) at UFC 245 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Those who weren't fully convinced that Volkanovski is a legitimate superstar are doubters no more. It was a brilliant game plan designed and implement by the new champ and his team. Knowing full well that Holloway relies on movement, combinations and pace, Volkanovski made a concerted effort to smash Holloway with leg kicks. It worked. Max was forced to switch stances a little over a round into the fight and looked uncomfortable the rest of the way. When all was said and done, Volkanovski had a 126-100 edge in significant/total strikes landed and he most definitely outpointed Holloway in what was essentially a 25-minute kickboxing match. Alexander's cardio slipped just a tad in Round 5, but on the whole he held up exceedingly well against an opponent who is known for having one of the greatest gas tanks in the history of the sport. Volkanovski -- competing at welterweight -- lost his fourth career professional fight in May 2013. He has won 18 in a row since and is now the UFC Featherweight Champion.
Fighting Holloway at UFC 245
FeatherweightUFC
September 21, 2019
Volkanovski will face off against Max Holloway for the featherweight championship UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Volkanovski is a perfect 7-0 under the UFC banner, and made a statement with his most recent win in dominant fashion over Jose Aldo in May -- a fight which took place in Aldo's native Brazil. While Volkanovski is usually happy to rely on the takedown -- he averages 2.78 per 15 minutes of fight time -- he put on a striking clinic in the Aldo matchup, winning the battle of significant strikes 95 to 29. While he's only surpassed 100 significant strikes once, he does average 6.11 landed per minute, which makes him one of the few featherweights even close to Holloway's stellar mark of 6.78. Volkanovski's takedowns will be hard to come by against the champion, who sports a solid 84 percent takedown defense as well. This fight will seemingly need to be won on the feet, where Volkanovski will own a two-inch reach advantage despite being five inches shorter. Holloway also has activity on his side, as he's already fought three times in 2019 compared to just once for Volkanovski. Look for Volkanovski to enter as the betting underdog.