Alexander Volkanovski becomes first Australian-born UFC champion

Harry Mason

Alexander Volkanovski becomes first Australian-born UFC champion

Alexander Volkanovski is a 31-year-old Australian mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He is also a former Australian Fighting featherweight champion. As for now, he is competing in the UFC and included in the Top 5 Australian MMA fighters.

As of May 15, 2019, he is #1 in the UFC featherweight rankings.

Alexander Volkanovski has become quite recently the subsequent Australian to secure a UFC big showdown after he incredibly vanquished Max Holloway for the featherweight belt at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Volkanovski follows in the strides of trailblazing comrade Robert Whittaker, who held the middleweight belt for just about two years before losing it to New Zealand’s Israel Adesanya in Melbourne in October.

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Be that as it may, given Whittaker was conceived in New Zealand, Volkanovski not just turns into the primary Australian-conceived UFC champion, yet additionally the main Aussie to win a belt inside the octagon. Whittaker was moved up to undisputed middleweight champion in late 2017 after Georges St-Pierre emptied his title.

Holloway is broadly viewed as the best featherweight ever, however Volkanovski, in an amazing presentation in Sunday’s co-headliner, executed a deliberately splendid battle to end Holloway’s 30-month rule as UFC featherweight champion, which included three title guards.

The battle went the full five rounds, however so noteworthy was Volkanovski’s presentation that he won by consistent choice 48-47, 48-47, 50-45. Volkanovski concentrated on Holloway’s legs from the beginning and released a flood of leg kicks which left the Hawaiian’s legs red and swollen and denied him of perhaps the greatest weapon – his brisk development.

The leg-kick ambush was steady to the point that Volkanovski set another featherweight record for leg kicks (46) with two adjusts as yet remaining and completed with 75. Holloway still figured out how to cause a lot of harm with some excellent blends, as to confirm by the expanding the Australian experienced in his face, and even recaptured the power in the fourth round. In any case, he couldn’t do what’s needed to persuade the judges.

Volkanovski (21-1) stretched out his series of wins to 18 battles, having tasted his just MMA rout in May 2013, and, in doing as such, brought Holloway’s 13-session winning run in the featherweight division, which started in January 2014, to an end. Volkanovski stays undefeated in the UFC (8-0).

The firecrackers weren’t confined to the Volkanovski-Holloway confrontation, however, with the exceptionally foreseen headliner between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington neglecting to frustrate.