Alexander Volkanovski to challenge Max Holloway for UFC Featherweight title
Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 221 Perth | Pic: Emanuel Rudnicki / FIGHTMAG

Alexander Volkanovski to challenge Max Holloway

Australian featherweight Alexander Volkanovski (20-1) is fresh of the win against former champion Jose Aldo this past weekend at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro. Scoring a unanimous decision against famed Brazilian fighter, the mixed martial artist from New South Wales seems to be the next in line for UFC gold.

On Monday the promotion shared a photo of the Australian fighter on Twitter asking if “The Great” deserves a title shot. If goes through, Volkanovski is likely to face the current champion in the division, Max Holloway (20-4) aka “Blessed”. Depending on the circumstances, the contest may also co-headline the proposed UFC event in Australia with Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya facing off in the middleweight championship unification.

Holloway is a reigning UFC Featherweight champion. Although in his previous bout in April he dropped a unanimous decision against Dustin Poirier, contesting for the interim lightweight belt, “Blessed” has successfully defended his featherweight strap twice against Brian Ortega and Aldo, after unifying the previously earned interim title against Anthony Pettis in the championship encounter with Aldo.

Volkanovski is riding the 17-fight win streak since December 2013. To date he won all of his seven bouts in the UFC, including the victories against Chad Mendes, Darren Elkins, Jeremy Kennedy, among others.