UFC 276 results: Alexander Volkanovski delivers masterclass, bludgeons Max Holloway to sweep trilogy

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight rivals Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway collided for a third – and likely last – time tonight (Saturday, July 2, 2022) at UFC 276, which took held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Volkanovski and Holloway are by far the two best 145-pound fighters of their era, having already fought twice and had a pair of incredibly close fights. Most would agree with the judges who awarded Volkanovski the win in their first encounter, but an equally high percentage of viewers think Holloway did enough to tie the score last time out.

Holloway, meanwhile, insists he won both Volkanovski fights.

Whatever your personal scorecard, the trilogy was super-needed and a fantastic matchup between two undeniably great featherweights, both destined for the UFC Hall of Fame. That said, a winner had to be crowned, and once the dust settled, it was Volkanovski racing in circles around the Hawaiian en route to a dominant decision victory.

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DOUBLE HEAD OF THE BLOCKBUSTER CHAMPIONSHIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) International Fight Week returns to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 2, 2022, capped off with a stacked card headlined by a blockbuster championship double-header. In the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 276, the reigning middleweight champion, Israel Adesanyadefends his crown against the #2 ranked contender, Jared Gunner. In the co-main event, featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovskiaims to successfully defend his title again against the No. 1 seed, Max Hollowayfor the third (and probably last) time.

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Both fighters touched gloves and the 51st minute cage fight was underway. Max started with the pressure, throwing a low kick as the pair tried to size each other up. Volkanovski fumbles with his left hand as Max gets to work on the bottom half. Volkanovski narrowly missed with an uppercut, smiling as if to tell Max he was lucky. Volkanovski’s jab and overhand right combination, with max dodging the final blow expertly. Kick from Max along the cage, Volkanovski responding with a straight right hand to the temple. Low kicks from Max, Volkanovski continuing to score upstairs. Another right hand from Volkanovski as Max tries to cut the cage with a high kick. Left hook from Volkanovski, followed by a right hand as he attempts a Muay Thai clinch. Hard left hand, then a right that knocked Max out. Right to the body for Volkanovski, who accumulates the damage one minute from the end. Max responds with a nice right hand moments later and then another as the action really starts to heat up. Solid round for Volkanovski.

Corner worked on Max’s right eye between rounds, but nothing serious…yet. Max was undeterred, going out looking for a fight. Volkanovski responded with speed and precision, followed by a low, hard kick – he was firing on all cylinders early. Volkanovski’s left jab kept Max at bay, with the pair locking down moments later. Volkanovski’s hard elbow landed during the clinch, with Max eventually spinning out of harm’s way. Hard forehand from Volkanovski, which opened up a bad cut on Holloway, who was really struggling to see afterwards. But, he kept pressing, throwing a high kick that missed. Volkanovski trying to paint the cut with his jab on the stretch, with Max landing a hook and a high kick as the round began to wind down. Jab-cross from Volkanovski, then a short left as the seconds ticked away on the clock. Again another solid round for Volkanovski.

The cut was inside the left eye near the bridge of Max’s nose, really a terrible place. But the cutman did a good job and the pair were off to the third round. They trade hard right hands to start with Volkanovski seemingly charging in with his jab to target that cut. Inside Max’s low kicks as he tried to bully himself inside, but Volkanovski was just too slick, sliding to the side and settling elsewhere behind his jab. Volkanovski with a tough one-two combination as the pair begin to trade free in the center of the Octagon. Max flew with a knee, which Volkanovski used to turn him into the cage. They battled for position along the fence, a rare break in frantic action, with Volkanovski scoring with a jab and then a hard right hand on the break. Big right hand from Volkanovski as Max went for a kick. Nice combination from Volkanovski with 30 seconds to go, with Max landing a hard right hand at the buzzer. And, again, another solid round for Volkanovski.

Headed to the championship rounds, Max was busted and bleeding. And it looked like he was down on the judges’ scorecards…and Volkanovski – the wild animal that he is – wasn’t about to slow down. In fact, he landed a right hand-knee combo early, continuing to push forward despite the damage he took. Nice kicks from Max, while Volkanovski seems to be coasting a bit, maybe saving a little something extra for the fifth and final frame. Volkanovski started picking up his pace around the two minute mark, landing some serious power punches that were just glued to Max’s face. Nice kick back to the body from Max on the stretch…a much better round for him for sure.

In the end, however, Volkanovski was just too precise, too quick and too strong for the Hawaiian legend. His corner informed him that he needed a finish to avoid losing all three trilogy fights, but it never came despite his best efforts. He was up for it, as always, but Volkanovski is simply his mixed martial arts (MMA) Kryptonite.

It took 75 minutes of time inside the cage and countless hours outside of practice, with Volkanovski finally leaving no doubt in his landmark trilogy with Holloway that he is the true division champion…and perhaps the ‘greatest of all time. ”

Next stop, Leger?

Final result: Volkanovski defeated. Holloway by unanimous decision — STRONG POINTS!

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Kristen T. Prall