LAS LAS VEGA– Alexander Volkanovski beat Max Holloway for the 3rd time Saturday evening, safeguarding his lightweight title by consentaneous choice with a leading striking efficiency at UFC 276.
Volkanovski (25-1) expanded his winning touch to 22 battles with a powerful screen versus Holloway (23-7), the previous champ at 145 extra pounds. Volkanovski implemented a sharp boxing strategy versus among the UFC’s ideal punchers, bloodying Holloway’s face at an early stage and also progressively boosting the penalty right into the last mins.
Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya dealt with Jared Cannonier generally occasion from T-Mobile Sector on the Las Vega Strip.
The penultimate spell of UFC 276 ended an unforgettable trilogy in between Volkanovski and also Holloway, likely both best featherweights in UFC background beyond long-reigning champ Jose Aldo. Volkanovski won 2 extremely affordable battles by choice over Holloway in 2019 and also 2020, however Holloway won his following 2 battles to reassert his case to an additional chance at the belt he held for 3 years.
” Max Holloway is an outright monster,” Volkanovski claimed. “That strength that we both had, I required it. I actually required it. I needed to enter my very own head.”
2 skillful demonstrators not surprisingly maintained the battle on the feet, however the smaller sized Volkanovski capably shut the range to do damages in the very first 2 rounds, specifically in opening up an unpleasant cut over Holloway’s left eye. Holloway’s responses decreased as his cuts enlarged, and also Volkanovski patiently acquired racking up shots to leave no question in the choice.
Holloway’s whole face was crimson at the last bell. Volkanovski won every round on all 3 courts’ scorecards, 50-45.
Prior to the title battles, Alex Pereira destroyed Sean Strickland with strikes midway via the preliminary of a success that burnished the Brazilian kickboxing champ’s standing as a prompt title challenger.
Bryan Barbarena additionally quit Robbie Lawler on strikes late in the 2nd round of a ruthless battle in which both experts soaked up incredible penalty. After shedding the preliminary on 2 courts’ scorecards, Barbarena finished it with an extended flurry that started with a collection of step-in arm joints to damage down the protection of the 40-year-old Lawler, that had his very first UFC spell in 2002.
On the undercard, Jim Miller established a UFC document with his 24th occupation success, completing Donald Cerrone with a guillotine choke in the 2nd round.
The 38-year-old Miller’s spots success damaged his connection with Cerrone and also Andrei Arlovski for the UFC’s occupation wins mark.
” You’re never ever visiting the (integrated) numbers that entered into this battle ever before once again, however I’m delighted to obtain the W,” Miller claimed. “That guillotine, I can do it in my rest. I understood it was just an issue of time.”
The 39-year-old Cerrone retired in the cage after the spell. Cerrone defeated Miller in their very first conference in 2014, however Cerrone is currently 4-10 given that 2016 with a seven-fight winless touch.
Professional flyweight Jessica Eye revealed her retired life after shedding a choice to Maycee Barber. Eye, that transforms 36 this month, defended the 125-pound title in 2019, however has actually currently shed 5 of 6.
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