UFC 251: Volkanovski vs Holloway | Co-Main Fight Preview








After a gala display at UFC 245, Alexander Volkanovski (21-1 in MMA, 8-0 in the UFC) closed an absurd winning streak against Darren Elkins, Chad Mendes and José Aldo with winning the featherweight belt by imposing himself on Max Holloway after five rounds .

Alexander arrived at the UFC looking like one of those strong and strong wrestlers , but with each fight a new stage of evolution was presented. Thus a fighter was formed with refined and powerful boxing, good kicks, explosion, pressure and constant rhythm. The excellent quality falls have an almanac clinch predecessor , which is perhaps the Austrian's strongest point. The improvement also occurred in the defensive aspects, which in addition to the technique in this regard is accompanied by a dose of calm and strategy. As if that were not enough, Volkanovski still presented us at the first meeting with Holloway with an absurd ability to read and adapt within the fight.

Another polished monster inside the UFC, Max Holloway (21-5 in MMA, 17-5 in the UFC) was also grinding meat until he won the category belt. Before the recent defeat, Holloway defeated Frankie Edgar, Brian Ortega, José Aldo (twice), Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Charlie from the Bronx, Cub Swanson and more than half a dozen opponents. The setback had only appeared in the top category in a spectacular match against Dustin Poirier, but then came the fight against Alexander and the shack collapsed.

Max seems to be reading his opponents' movements as he puts his increasing pace through the fight. The boxing that accelerates until a rain of punches of all sorts is amplified by a great work of feet and some opportunistic kicks. Fall defense, which was once a problem, is now a good thing and jiu-jitsu is only for emergencies. Defensive play, on the other hand, is based on the movement and readings that the opponent makes.
 
Holloway relied on height and his reading of movements to win a fight that was already expected to be tough. However, in the moment of truth everything went wrong. Max was surprised by a reading of movements as good as his, with a short man who knew how to use the larger wingspan, with low kicks that hindered his movement and, mainly, with a pace that returned all his attacks with strong counterattacks.

With the rematch, which may be premature, Holloway has not yet presented anything that indicates changes, so it is expected that the results will be the same. But what would the Hawaiian need to do differently? Use your storm of blows and pressure, move around all the time, prevent Volkanovski's power from breaking your pace, and do it all for at least three rounds. Both of them already knew about this scenario before the first fight, and I don't think Holloway will be able to do all this without having the pace imploded as in the first match. Is it possible to do? Yes, but it is the least likely scenario. Champion victory in the decision is the guess.


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