They are saying that the third time is a attraction however Alexander Volkanovski says that Max Holloway’s third bid at seizing the UFC featherweight title from him will go the identical method as the primary two.
The Aussie 145-pound champion has run roughshod by way of the UFC featherweight fold since he made his debut for the organisation in late 2016. Included in that run is 2 victories towards Holloway, a fighter who’s himself thought of one of many most interesting featherweights in historical past.
The final time the 2 met within the cage, Volkanovski triumphed by slender break up choice — however he says once they meet as soon as extra within the co-main occasion at UFC 276 in a few weeks’ time, there might be little question in anyway as to who the world’s greatest featherweight is.
“I’m gonna go on the market and I plan on placing a beating on him this time,” Volkanovski mentioned at a UFC press occasion in Sydney. ”
“I actually do need to make a press release. Clearly, getting a end will actually, , get that dominant win. It is going to undoubtedly assist that legacy that I need, as properly. This chance is right here and I’m gonna take it. It’s gonna be ‘and nonetheless’ and I’m gonna placed on a great efficiency. That’s all that’s gonna occur.”
Holloway has put in some fantastic performances since dropping to Volkanovski final time round, notably his five-round shellacking of featherweight contender Calvin Kattar however so far as Volkanovski is anxious this isn’t a combat designed to ‘shut up’ those that would possibly suppose that Holloway is the uncrowned champion. That is about legacy.
“I don’t care about that now,” he defined. “That’s not why I took this combat. It wasn’t simply to close them guys up. I did initially need this trilogy to close folks up, however proper now, it’s not about that. This combat is gonna be a legacy combat for me, and there’s gonna be haters it doesn’t matter what you do. Even after this one, if I’m going on the market and do what I plan on doing, there are nonetheless gonna be haters.
“There are nonetheless gonna be folks saying stuff. We are able to’t fear about that. I’ve used all of it as gasoline to get me the place I’m, however proper now it’s about me and placing myself in a great place after this one.
“I plan on going on the market and actually placing work on him. Once more, he’s an ideal fighter. I’ll give him lots of credit score, he’s that primary contender, he’s executed nice issues on this division – the explanation he’s even getting a trilogy. I feel actually taking him out once more will actually put my title on the market and lift that bar much more for me, put me in so much higher place.
“So, that’s why I’m taking this combat, to not shut folks up. It is going to style good to close folks up on the identical time, however that’s not my most important drive proper now. However we’re right here. We’re going to silence them. But when they need to hold yapping, allow them to.”