A second showdown between new featherweight champion Alexander Volkaovski and the man he dethroned Max Holloway is rumored to be in the works to headline UFC 251 in Perth, Australia on June 6th.
That’s the word according to the Daily Telegraph, and would see Volkanovski heading into an immediate rematch after earning a unanimous decision victory in their first encounter at UFC 245 in December.
Defeating Holloway was the crowning achievement of a spectacular run for the Australian fighter that’s seen him amass 18 victories in a row, including eight in the Octagon where he’s also defeated the likes of Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo en-route to the belt.
As for Holloway, that loss had marked the first time he’d tasted defeat at featherweight in 14 fights and ended a three-fight reign as the undisputed champion.
Along the way Holloway had defeated a whos’ who of the division including Jose Aldo (twice), Brian Ortega, Frankie Edgar, Anthony Pettis and Jeremy Stephens.
However, Volkanovski was not the only fighter to defeat Holloway in 2019, with Dustin Poirier also having done so after he moved up to lightweight to fight for the interim title back in April of that year.
While not officially announced yet, Volkanovski vs. Holloway II is expected to headline a UFC 251 card that will also feature a women’s flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanne Calderwood.