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UFC 276 results, highlights: Alexander Volkanovsky defeats Max Holloway to win the full triple

UFC 276 results, highlights: Alexander Volkanovsky defeats Max Holloway to win the full triple

LAS VEGAS – A third time turned out to be more damaging than former featherweight champion Max Holloway’s charm as King defender Alexander Volkanovsky delivered an iconic performance in a three-way bout on Saturday.

In the fourth defense of his 145-pound crown, Volkanovsky dominated Holloway the entire time and left him with a bloody shovel inside the T-Mobile Arena. All three judges scored 50-45 for Volkanovsky (25-1) in the UFC 276 co-main event.

With his third straight win over Holloway (23-7) since their rivalry began in 2019, the 33-year-old Volkanovsky has ended any long-running debate from a contested rematch in 2020. The Australian also took one giant step closer to the previous. José Aldo’s nemesis in the debate over the greatest featherweight in mixed martial arts history.

“Max Holloway is an absolute beast,” Volkanovsky said. “That sharpness he brought over the past few days, I needed it.”

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The 30-year-old Holloway talked up a big game during Fight Week by promising to finish the third round and uncharacteristically talking trash to Volkanovsky at Thursday’s press conference. But he gave a largely sluggish performance as Volkanovsky’s speed and accuracy began making Hawaii a fan favorite from the start.

Volkanovsky began publicly mocking Holloway in the opening round and briefly associated him with a large cross on the right. Holloway got back into his corner with a cut under his right eye before things took a much deeper turn for the worse in the second round when a really big counter cut off Holloway’s left eye badly leaving his face a scarlet mess.

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Holloway began fighting more desperately in the fourth round and traded blows on largely equal terms as the action slowed. But after the wound to his left eye exploded again and affected his vision, Volkanovsky ended the fight in dominant fashion by lighting Holloway in the final round.

By defending his fourth featherweight title, Volkanovsky passed Holloway to move up to second in featherweight history at the Ultimate Fighting Championship and three behind Aldo. “Alexander the Great,” who improved to 12-0 overall in the octagon, spoke after the fight of his desire to lift weight and challenge lightweight champ Charles Oliveira.

“I have proven to you that I want to be in this octagon as much as possible,” Volkanovsky said. “I want to be busy and I don’t think that same division can keep me busy. I want to go up and get double champion status, and if I get both belts, I’ll keep both teams busy. Let’s go.”