Alex Volkanovski put on a show at UFC 276, completing his trilogy sweep of Max Holloway on Saturday night in convincing fashion. While Holloway fought like a warrior, he was simply outmatched by Volkanovski, who delivered countless powerful blows, resulting in a gruesome split eyebrow for Holloway and a victory by unanimous decision. On Sunday, Holloway took to Twitter to congratulate his opponent on his victory at UFC 276 and boldly declare Volkanovski the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
I'm still up 2-0 on knockdowns for trilogy. Prob gonna need a 4th to settle this. 😂 Just playing. Congrats to my brother @alexvolkanovski . Go get that 55 strap. You earned the shot. You're #1 P4P right now. pic.twitter.com/5lUNWZVbRA
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 3, 2022
That's some high praise from the 30-year-old, who just a few years ago was in serious consideration to be the best fighter on the planet himself. Holloway had no shame in defeat, showing the ultimate respect to Volkanovski, who, simply put, was the better fighter on Saturday.
The victory over Holloway improves Volkanovski's career record to 25-1-0, (12-0-0 in the UFC) while Holloway is now 23-7-0. This was the third fight between the two esteemed featherweights, with all three going in favor of the Volkanovski.
With Holloway proving unable to dethrone ‘The Great' in the featherweight division, it's hard to envision the 33-year-old losing his title anytime soon. Holloway was considered the No. 2 fighter in the weight class, ahead of Brian Ortega and Josh Emmett.
As for what's next for Volkanovski, Holloway joked about a fourth title fight before suggesting that the 33-year-old step up and go after the lightweight belt. A matchup against current UFC lightweight champ Charles Oliveira at 155 pounds would surely be a fight for the ages, should he be willing to move up weight classes in pursuit of another belt.