UFC 245: Max Holloway to Defend Title Against Alex Volkanovski

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Alexander Volkanovski, UFC 240 Official Weigh-in Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Two of three expected title fights for UFC 245 are now official, with Max Holloway set to defend his featherweight belt against rising contender Alex Volkanovski.

While it’s been confirmed by bigger outlets, the title fight addition to UFC 245 was first reported by John Hyon Ko of The Body Lock.

Rightful contenders continue to receive title shots in the UFC. Alex Volkanovski fought his way to a title and beat all comers, including Chad Mendes and former dominant champion Jose Aldo. With his foot infection seemingly no longer an issue, the New Zealander can no longer be denied a shot at Holloway’s belt.

Of course, beating Max Holloway at featherweight has become a damn near impossible task, so Volkanovski will have his work cut out for him. The Hawaiian champion is undefeated at 145 pounds since 2013, winning 14 consecutive fights and defending his title three times. Holloway is ranked among the pound-for-pound best due to that incredible streak that includes two TKO victories over Jose Aldo. His attempt earlier this year to move up in weight and capture the interim lightweight title was thwarted by Dustin Poirier, however.

Alex Volkanovski is 7-0 since entering the UFC in 2016 and has been exceptionally dominant. He has yet to lose a round and as previously mentioned, defeated divisional stalwarts in Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo. Not bad for a former rugby player.

UFC 245 now has two of three promised title fights, the other being Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight title against Germaine De Randamie. Also on the card, Robbie Lawler will face dynamic welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio, and Matt Brown will make his return to the cage against Ben Saunders. It all goes down in the T-Mobile Arena on December 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.