15 December 2019 16:53
Alexander Volkanovski defeats Max Holloway to become a new featherweight champion at UFC 245 Max Holloway faced Alexander Volkanovski in the co-main event of UFC 245: Usman vs. The final pay-per-view fight card for 2019 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV on December 15 (AEDT). Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski faced each other in a Featherweight clash tonight (Sat., Dec. 14, 2019) at UFC 245, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. After five hard rounds of kickboxing, Volkanovski was awarded the victory. Volkanovski began the fight with an inside low kick.
Holloway advanced, landed a jab, but ate a low kick. Holloway stuck a right hand to the mid-section. Volkanovski landed a low kick and follow up right hand. Holloway scored a check hook. Volkanovski continued to find the lead leg.
Another hard low kick from Volkanovski. Holloway checked one and landed a right hand, but Volkanovski went right back to digging into the thigh. Holloway grew more aggressive, but the low kicks were taking an effect. Good combination landed for Holloway. Holloway landed a hook-cross from Southpaw.
Holloway stung his foe with another good combination of straight punches. Volkanovski landed a couple low kicks near the bell, but Holloway also cracked him with a straight left. Volkanovski landed a good shifting hook early in the third. Holloway landed a good pull-cross, still feinting well. Volkanovski landed a body kick. Holloway jabbed at his foe with his right hand. Volkanovski landed a good hook over the top. Nice uppercut scored from Holloway, soon followed by a good left cross. Volkanovski countered a stomp kick with a hard right hand. Volkanovski dug to the right leg just as well as the left. Holloway landed a jab, ate a pair of counter shots. Strong jab from Volkanovski scored. Holloway landed a body kick and ate another low kick. Holloway landed an early right hook. Volkanovski went back to the lead leg then landed a combination. Hard right hook connected for the Aussie. Volkanovski attempted a double leg takedown, but Holloway denied him. Volkanovski dug the body, ripped a low kick. Holloway answered with a good combination. Double jab landed for Holloway. Volkanovski scored with a right and an inside low kick. Good uppercut scored from Holloway. Holloway went back to pressuring from the Orthodox stance, landing better punches as a result. Holloway dug the body. Holloway absorbed an inside low kick, landed a couple punches. Holloway dug a body punch and body kick near the end of the round. Volkanovski countered an early side kick from his foe with a strong two-piece. The Aussie continued ripping into the inside of the lead leg. Holloway advanced, landed a right hand to the body. Volkanovski circled off, landed a pair of low kicks, absorbed a body shot. Holloway ate a right hand, dug two to the body. Holloway landed a good double jab-cross, ate a low kick. Holloway went to the body with a nice round kick. Volkanovski stormed back with a low kick and left hook. Holloway took another low kick, landed a body shot. Volkanovski ripped a body shot and crashed into his foe with an elbow. Holloway dug into the body to answer, but Volkanovski landed another right hand. Another takedown attempt from Volkanovski was denied. Holloway landed a good body kick at the end of a combination. Holloway advanced behind the jab more heavily in the final minute, but he wasn't able to land anything too dramatic. After 25 very competitive minutes, the judges awarded Alexander Volkanovski the decision victory. Both men had their moments, but Volkanovski threw and landed more than the volume king — hard to argue that! Result: Alexander Volkanovski defeats Max Holloway via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45) Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates in the octagon at the end of the match during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. LAS VEGAS — A former rugby player who once wrestled at 214 pounds kept up a steady attack throughout the fight on one of the UFC's elite champions to score a unanimous decision victory. Alex Volkanovski became the new featherweight champion by upsetting Max Holloway in a close and tactical fight. Volkanovski attacked Holloway's legs with kicks and forced Holloway to switch into a southpaw stance. But Volkanovski never stopped his attack and worked over Holloway's right leg, as well. He was landing combinations of his own and put lumps on the left side of the new champion's face with a series of 1-2 combinations. The fifth round had the most action of the fight as the men fought as if they knew the title was up for grabs. Holloway closed the distance and was landing better to the head, but Volkanovski landed a vicious elbow to the face from that position. Volkanovski kept a hard pace throughout the round and they had a furious exchange at the end. Judges had it 48-47 twice and 50-45 for Volkanovski, ending Holloway's reign. Each round was close and was up for grabs down the stretch, but Volkanovski seemed to do a bit more damage and was landing the more significant shots. The co-main event and second of three title fights at UFC 245 was a featherweight tilt between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski. It was a close fight despite one judge having a 50-45, but the challenger brought it, landed good shots, and fought a great fight. We now have a new UFC featherweight champion. Round 5 - Side kick from Holloway. Jab and inside low kick from Volkanovski. Volkanovski tries going high with a kick but it's blocked. Volkanovski is just leg kicking over and over. Volkanovski with a right that gets through. Holloway with a right hook to the body. Holloway with some big shots! Double jab and a body kick. Volkanovski goes to the body. Jabs from Holloway again. Holloway with a right. Jab from Volkanovski and he clinches. Volkanovski lands a knee to the cup but they continue. Two big rights over the top from Volkanovski! Holloway lands one too. Elbow from Max. Holloway wit a body kick. Left hook from Holloway. Alexander Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45) LAS VEGAS>> Alexander Volkanovski outpointed Max Holloway to earn a unanimous decision and win the UFC featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 245 tonight at T-Mobile Arena. Two judges scored the fight 48-47 and the third had it 50-45 for Volkanovski (21-1), who remains undefeated in the UFC at 8-0. The Star-Advertiser scored the fight 48-47 for Volkanovski with Holloway winning rounds 2 and 5. I'll be back," Holloway said in the cage after the fight. Holloway dropped to 21-5 overall and 17-5 in the UFC with his first loss at 145 pounds in more than six years. He's really good with sucking me to his range," Volkanovski said in the cage after the fight. Holloway had won 13 straight fights at 145 pounds. Soriano (7-0) made his UFC debut and dropped Piechota once in the opening 90 seconds and then crushed him with a left hook and a right hand that forced the stoppage at 3:17.