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UFC 276: Could this be the most anticipated title fight of the year?

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will be attempting to make a fourth defense of his title this Saturday, in the co main event at UFC 276 in Las Vegas. He will be fighting former featherweight champion Max Holloway, for the third time. Many may think it is odd that Volk has to fight Holloway a third time despite already defeating him in both of the previous bouts these two men have had. Yet this fight remains as highly, if not more anticipated as the cards main event. So after two fights having the same result, what makes this fight so appealing?

First things first, I am going to go ahead and say that this fight is the rubber match. As far as I’m concerned, Max just outpointed Volk in the second fight and should have taken the title back. It is still beyond me that the judges got a fight of that magnitude wrong but who are we kidding; MMA judging has and always will be a joke. Putting that aside, I truly think that both of the previous fights were so close that there has to be a definitive winner in this third match. These two are so closely matched that they could fight ten times and every time it could truly go either way.

Personally this is the fight I am most excited to see on this card. This fight is so appealing because Holloway is such an entertaining fighter. He loves to take risks and never shies away from a brawl; Volkanovski himself has been in a few wild fights, so you know these guys with both bring it. Both men have been in unbeatable form in their last two fights. Both men will deliver a great performance. I was not surprised to see that Volkanovski is the favourite by a decent margin for this fight; many odds makers are seeing the two wins he has over Holloway and are likely basing it on that, which makes sense. But if you have watched the two previous fights, you would certainly think the odds would be much more even.

You can’t sleep on a guy like Holloway. Since his fights with Volk he has put on some absolutely sublime performances. Putting up a striking clinic and setting records for strikes landed in a single fight against Calvin Kattar and showing his true grit, skill and toughness in his last fight against a dangerous striker in Yair Rodriguez. Holloway is a superior boxer over Volkanovski, however I believe that Volk’s grappling will be much more Prevalent in this fight. He used it in the second fight and it very well may have been the factor that swayed the judges to give him the nod. Don’t get it wrong, Volk striking is no slouch; he is very quick and has powerful leg kicks that gave Max a lot of trouble in the first two fights.

Personally, I’d love to see a definitive end to this rivalry on Saturday however; I don’t think it will happen. I don’t see either man giving an inch and this fight should be a close one till the end. Volk looks unbeatable and his will to win is unmatched. Holloway has been set on getting that belt back since their last bout and simply will not be denied. For my money, I’m taking the underdog; Max Holloway. He steps up in the big moments and this is the co-main event on the biggest, most stacked card of the year. I think he delivers a stellar performance and edges out Volk to finally get his belt back. Either way sit back, have some snacks and enjoy watching these two men work, it’s a beautiful thing.

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