Max Holloway to defend featherweight title vs. Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245

The expected UFC featherweight title fight between champion Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski now has a date and location.

Holloway (21-4 MMA, 17-4 UFC) will put his title on the line against Volkanovski (20-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) on Dec. 14 at UFC 245 in Las Vegas. MMA Junkie confirmed the news with two people not authorized to speak about the booking following an initial report from Australia’s Daily Telegraph.

Volkanovski later commented on the matchup in a tweet.

Ready to show everybody who the best FW in the world is! #UFC245

Holloway will fight for the third time in 2019 after not fighting more than three times in a calendar year since 2015, when he competed four times.  Holloway tried to become a two-division champion in April but lost a decision to Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title. That setback was his first since 2013 and snapped a 13-fight winning streak.

After the loss to Poirier, Holloway got right back to work and defended his featherweight belt by defeating Frankie Edgar in the UFC 240 main event in July.

Volkanovski has been on a tear to earn his title shot. Over the course of nearly three years in the UFC, he’s won all seven of his fights. The lone loss of his career came in May 2013, and he’s rattled off 17 straight wins since then.

After defeating Jeremy Kennedy, Darren Elkins and Chad Mendes in 2018, Volkanovski picked up the biggest and most important win of his career in May with a unanimous decision over former champ Jose Aldo in Aldo’s home country of Brazil.

Holloway vs. Volkanovski is the second title fight to join the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view. Amanda Nunes is set to defend her bantamweight title in a rematch with Germaine de Randamie at T-Mobile Arena.

With the addition, the latest UFC 245 lineup includes:

Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie – for women’s bantamweight title
Champ Max Holloway vs. Alex Volkanovski – for featherweight title
Robbie Lawler vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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