It’s been announced that on March 6th at UFC 272, Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski will have their trilogy fight for the featherweight title.
Volkanovski is currently 2-0 against the Hawaiian, however with both fights being close and no one else in the division on an adequate run for a title shot, it does make sense to create this third fight.
I initially thought both men could look to fight someone else at Lightweight since Volkanovski is 2 up on Holloway, but I’m happy we’re getting a trilogy because these two always show they’re the epitome of a brilliant MMA fighter.
My one query with this matchup is: What if Holloway wins? Surely Volkanovski deserves a rematch since he’s beaten him twice already. Furthermore, if Holloway wins the tetralogy fight, surely there would have to be a fifth and final fight to settle the score.
Of course that’s a hypothetical situation but looking back at their first two fights and how tight-knit they were, it’s a reality that could definitely come to fruition.
If Volkanovski wins, then what’s next for him and Holloway? Since he’s beaten his only current credible threat for the title, does he look at Lightweight to have a fight with either Charles Oliveira or Justin Gaethje after they inevitably face off? Both Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez are coming off losses and “Korean Zombie” is at least one fight away from earning a title match himself along with Giga Chikadze and Calvin Kattar. Additionally, the winner of Islam Makhachev vs Beneil Dariush will deserve a Lightweight title shot. This will be a tough resolution for the match makers.
For Holloway, I’d expect him to move up to Lightweight if he losses. He has a win over the current champion, Charles Oliveira and there are many dream fights he could participate in to make that division even more stacked than it is. Holloway vs Tony Ferguson, Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje would produce fight of the year level action and although he has two losses to Dustin Poirier, Holloway can definitely work his way up to a Lightweight Championship shot.