Alexander Volkanovski etched his name into the UFC history books with a big win at UFC 245 this past December.
Volkanovski dethroned Max Holloway from the 145-pound throne in the co-main event of the pay-per-view (PPV) with a unanimous decision win. Not only did he pick up the title victory, but the 31-year-old extended his amazing win streak to 18.
Now, Volkanovski agrees that a rematch with the former Hawaiian champ is in order. Speaking to TMZ Sports, Volkanovski explained exactly why he wants to fight “Blessed” one more time.
The Australian realizes if he beats Holloway back-to-back while he’s still in his prime, it could solidify himself as the greatest 145-pound fighter of all time.
“Look, I think so,” Volkanovski said. “I think that’s what – obviously that’s what UFC wants – Dana White is saying that’s what he wants, and I think I want it. You know, I mean, I want that fight.
“Because there’s no clear number one contenders, and you know, I just think that he’s a great champion. And for me, the biggest fight in my career right now, to solidify myself as the best featherweight of all-time, and one of the greatest of all-time, I go and take out Max twice in prime, you know, people are gonna give me that respect I deserve.”
Holloway was previously on a 14-fight win streak in the featherweight division before being bested by Volkanovski. He was, and is, still regarded as the best the weight class has ever seen after two dominant victories over former division kingpin Jose Aldo. It will certainly be interesting to see how Holloway bounces back after a loss to a young champion like Volkanovski, and if the latter can establish himself as the greatest in the division’s history.