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Max Holloway is taking his loss of the championship about as well as a fighter can.
In the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC 276 event in Las Vegas, Holloway contested Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title and took revenge after losing two close decisions in their prior encounters. Volkanovski controlled the fight from the outset, retaining his title with a unanimous decision victory in the third and most likely last matchup between two of the best 145-pounders in the history of the sport.
After the defeat, “Blessed” was taken to the hospital and avoided speaking to the media at the T-Mobile Arena. Holloway posted his first views on the defeat on social media on Sunday. He also praised Volkanovski.
I'm still up 2-0 on knockdowns for trilogy. Prob gonna need a 4th to settle this. 😂 Just playing. Congrats to my brother @alexvolkanovski . Go get that 55 strap. You earned the shot. You're #1 P4P right now. pic.twitter.com/5lUNWZVbRA
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 3, 2022
“I’m still up 2-0 on knockdowns for the trilogy. Prob gonna need a 4th to settle this,” Holloway said jokingly. “Just playing. Congrats to my brother [Alexander Volkanovski]. Go get that [lightweight] strap. You earned the shot. You’re No. 1 [pound-for-pound] right now.
“Do not weep for me, Argentina, to all the supporters. It’s a fact of life. We shall reconstruct as we must. I love you.
Holloway has not yet decided if he wants to stay at featherweight or move up to lightweight. For the 30-year-old, there are undoubtedly several interesting possibilities available.
The same is true for Volkanovski, who increased his record to 12-0 inside the octagon and now has victories over Holloway 3 times and long-reigning former champion Jose Aldo once. “The Great” would adore the opportunity to move up to lightweight and possibly win two championships.