Max Holloway Says He Probably Won’t Watch Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega, Gives His Prediction

Published 02/25/2021, 10:59 AM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JUNE 03: Max Holloway celebrates after his TKO victory over Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 212 event at Jeunesse Arena on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway defeated Calvin Kattar in the first fight card of 2021. The Hawaiian won in a lopsided decision after dominating Kattar for the full five rounds. He is looking to reclaim his throne, and with the featherweight title fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega on the horizon, ‘Blessed’ was asked about his opinion on the bout.

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Holloway has fought both men inside the Octagon. He stopped Brian Ortega at the end of the fourth round at UFC 231, and he has fought Volkanovski twice, with many believing he should have won the decision in the second fight and still be the champion. However, Holloway is only focused on the future as he is looking to get back his throne.

When speaking to Ariel Helwani, the Hawaiian fighter said, “I mean, style make fights. man. Style makes fights, you know? How much times you see Ortega push something out and then and then Alex is Alex you know, so we see what happens you know, I got no favorites. 

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“These guys in my division so I really don’t care you know, I like all I care about is staying focused, staying ready. Whatever happens, happens, and I’ll be ready.”

The winner of that fight will have Holloway waiting in the wings. With ‘Blessed’ looking better than ever in his last fight, they must be worried. He is looming large at the moment over the winner. Fans too, want to see him fight for the belt again. And it only seems fair that he fights for the belt next.

Alexander Volkanovski vs Brian Ortega: Early Prediction

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Volkanovski and Ortega both are very skillful fighters. Ortega has exceptional expertise in his jiu-jitsu game. So, it will be smart for the Aussie Volkanovski to avoid rolling on the ground against ‘T-City‘. However, Volkanovski is much more technical on the feet. But he shouldn’t underestimate Ortega’s striking prowess.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Brian Ortega kicks ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 18, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘T-City’ showed a rejuvenated version of his striking game against Chan Sung Jung last year. His techniques are flashy and effective. He is certainly capable of dethroning the champion. But whoever wins that fight better watch out for Max Holloway.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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