‘Let’s Do This!’- Alexander Volkanovski Finds a New Opponent After Max Holloway Fight Falls Off

Published 01/08/2022, 5:06 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Alexander Volkanovski’s third title defense is already in jeopardy as Max Holloway was forced to withdraw from the UFC 272 scrap after aggravating a prior injury. However, the show never stops as Alexander Volkanovski has found a replacement for the former UFC featherweight champion.

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The 145-pounds champion took to Twitter to call out featherweight #4 Chan Sung Jung as a replacement for ‘Blessed’. Alexander Volkanovski tweeted, “@KoreanZombieMMA Let’s do this!! #UFC272”

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This matchup actually makes sense as everyone else in the top 5 at featherweight has been sent packing by either Volkanovski or Holloway.

‘Blessed’ defeated Rodriguez in their thrilling bout at UFC Fight Night in November; Volkanovski thwarted #2, Brian Ortega, at UFC 266 in what went down as the greatest UFC fight of the year.

Hence, at present, Chan Sung Jung is the only man in the top 5 who hasn’t faced either ‘Blessed‘ or Volkanovski. Notably, ‘The Korean Zombie’ (17-6) is coming off a win in his last outing in June. Hence, he would be extremely fresh and can easily slot into the March 5 date.

Ariel Helwani predicts Alexander Volkanovski versus Chan Sung Jung

Ariel Helwani took to his Instagram to announce that Chan Sung Jung, AKA ‘The Korean Zombie’, could be the frontrunner to replace Max Holloway at the March 5th event.

 

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Later, Helwani announced the same through his Substack, “Alex Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung have both verbally agreed to fight each other on March 5, 2022, sources say…Late Thursday, Volkanovski’s team was officially told Holloway was out. It’s unclear at this time how long he’s out for but it might be a while, I’m told.”

“Straight away, Volkanovski and his team focused on Jung. That’s who they want. They’ve wanted him for two years,” Helwani continued.

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The featherweight title match was one of the most anticipated fights of the new year. Unfortunately, the excitement came to an end as soon as ESPN reported about Max Holloway’s injury.

Do you think ‘The Korean Zombie’ will replace Max Holloway? Or could Henry Cejudo emerge as a replacement? Tell us in the comments below.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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