Max Holloway, 21-4 overall, has been the picture of dominance at featherweight.
Since becoming the division’s undisputed champion with a TKO defeat of the legendary Jose Aldo in June of 2017, the Hawaiian “braddah” has defended his belt with a second drubbing of Aldo and lopsided wallopings of Brian Ortega and Frankie Edgar.
Prior to winning the belt, he also picked up impressive wins over contenders like Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson and Andre Fili.
Sure, he lost to Dustin Poirier back in April, but that was in the lightweight division. As a featherweight, the Hawaiian has not been challenged in ages.
Enter Alexander Volkanovski.
The Australian challenger, who is 20-1 overall, is on a borderline ridiculous 17-fight win-streak. His last 7 wins have occurred inside the UFC’s Octagon, where he’s thumped top-flight opposition like Darren Elkins, Chad Mendes, and Aldo.
Suffice it to say that he’s looked almost as impressive as Holloway.
In Sin City, of course, somebody always loses. But who?
From the early vantage point, both men’s advantages are quite clear. Holloway will be the taller, longer man in the cage. He’ll also probably have an edge in terms of speed and striking output, and perhaps in terms of submissions.
Volkanovski, on the other hand, will probably be the stronger man in the fight, and the more potent puncher. He’ll also seemingly hold an edge in the wrestling department.
As always, there’s a lot more to it than that—much of which won’t reveal itself until the pair are pounding each other into applesauce in the cage—but both men have clear advantages, and as such, it’s easy to imagine a win for either.