Holloway had won 14 consecutive featherweight fights after his loss long ago to . The only other blip on his radar was a defeat at the hands of Dustin Poirier in a battle for the interim lightweight championship.

He rebounded from the loss to Poirier with a dominant decision over former lightweight champion . 

 

It was a strategy that the Australian used throughout the fight, which lasted the full five championship frames.

 

Holloway tried throughout the fight to get his jab going. He certainly had his moments where he would land a stinging combination, but not with the frenetic pace and astounding variety to which we have become accustomed seeing from him.

After five rounds, the three judges all saw it in favor of Volkanovski, issuing scores of 48-47, 48-47, and 50-45, as the Aussie dethroned one of the greatest featherweight champions of all time.

There was no animosity between Holloway and Volkanovski before or after the fight.


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