Max “Blessed” Holloway (21-4-0) puts his Featherweight title belt on the line against Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski (20-1-0) at UFC245 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Max Holloway Form
The 28 year-old American will be making the fourth defence of his title here following his recent victory over Frankie Edgar.
Prior to that, the Hawaiian’s 13-fight unbeaten run was ended by Dustin Poirier when he stepped up to lightweight to fight for the interim title. That was Holloway’s first loss in nearly six years.
It was the second time Holloway has lost to Poirier (once by submission, once by decision), with his other two career losses being decision defeats to Conor McGregor and Dustin Bermudez.
Holloway’s striking and movement will be key factors as usual but, despite being by far the taller man, he will be giving up two and a half inches in reach to Volkanovski.
Alexander Volkanovski Form
The 31 year-old Australian will be fighting for a UFC title for the first time. The only blemish on Volkanovski’s record to date is a TKO loss dealt by fellow countryman Corey Nelson.
Since entering the Octagon in 2016, the former Australian rugby player has yet to suffer a defeat, seeing off top names such as Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes and Darren Elkins along the way.
Holloway vs Volkanovski Betting Lines & Tips
Looking at UFC245 predictions for this fight, Max Holloway looks the better fighter overall and is the tip to win. However, if his focus isn’t complete, the Australian is certainly capable of beating him.
UFC 245 Pick: Fight Result – Max Holloway to Win @ -167 (1.60) with 888Sport