Alexander Volkanovski Dethroned Max Holloway to Win 145lb Champion Title!

The long-run reign of Max Holloway on the featherweight throne is now over. Last weekend, Alexander Volkanovski finally defeated him and become the new 145lb champion! Check out the full recap of their fight below!

Alexander Volkanovski Dethroned Max Holloway

Alexander Volkanovski Dethroned Max Holloway to Win 145lb Champion Title!

At the UFC 245 headline event, Kamaru Usman had knocked out Colby Covington at his first title defense fight. Meanwhile, Volkanovski was taking on Holloway for his title. When talking about the long legacy of the featherweight champion throne, Max Holloway surely deserved his praise. On the other hand, Jose Aldo’s ten-year reign should also be included in the list. However, Holloway’s stay on the throne is finally ended by the hand of the Australian fighter.

During the match, Volkanovski has shown off an impressive performance that earned him more points from all three judges, higher than his rival. Starting from his days playing Rugby League before moving to MMA, this is a big step for ‘The Great’. To prepare for this match, he has gone training at Tiger Muay Thai camp in Phu Ket with his City Kickboxing coaches. In case you didn’t know, he shared the same coach team with Israel Adesanya.

Alexander Volkanovski Dethroned Max Holloway

As a result, we could see that he was well prepared to meet Holloway in the cage. In the first two rounds, Volkanovski aimed at Holloway’s left leg, which prevented ‘Blessed’ from switching stances like he usually does. Furthermore, the Australian fighter also added another record in his belt: the most leg kicks in a title fight. Additionally, his excellent movement helped to control the match pace and brought Holloway a tough fight. By the final round, it was too late for the Hawaiian. Their score ended up being 48-47 twice and 50-45 for Volkanovski, which put the stop to Holloway’s reign.

The new champion

Aside from being the newly crowned 145lb champion, Volkanovski is also the first Australian-born champion that wins a UFC title.