Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski, 31, has been crowned as the new champion of the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Fighting out of New South Wales, Australia, the Macedonian-Greek mixed martial artist was one of the winners at “UFC 245.”
Featuring 13 MMA fights, the UFC held “UFC 245” at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on December 14, 2019. In the 12th bout of the evening, Volkanovski challenged Max “Blessed” Holloway, 28, of Waianae, Hawaii, United States, the then reigning UFC Featherweight Champion.
Jason Herzog served as the referee of the title bout. After five five-minute rounds, the contest was left in the hands of the three judges.
Two judges scored it 48-47 while the third saw it 50-45. In the end, Herzog raised the hand of Volkanovski, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
“I guess it hasn’t fully set in yet,” Volkanovski said in his post-fight interview. “(I’m the) new featherweight champ! I keep myself so composed so that I can get the job done that sometimes it feels like it’s not even happening. People are going to be partying right now and I’m going to party too.”
Winning at “UFC 245” improved the professional MMA record of Volkanovski to 21 wins and 1 loss. He is now riding an 18-bout winning streak.
Competing professionally since 2012, Volkanovski joined the UFC in 2016. Before facing Holloway at “UFC 245,” the Macedonian-Greek-Australian MMA fighter defeated all of his seven opponents namely Yusuke Kasuya, 30, Japan; Mizuto “Pugnus” Hirota, 38, of Japan; Shane “Sugar” Young, 26, of New Zealand; Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy, 27, of Canada; Darren “The Damage” Elkins, 35, of the U.S.; Chad “Money” Mendes, 34, of the U.S. and Jose “Junior” Aldo, 33, of Brazil.
Losing to Volkanovski at “UFC 245” downgraded Holloway’s professional MMA record to 21 wins and 5 losses. It was the Hawaiian MMA fighter’s fifth loss in the UFC.
Born to a Macedonian father and a Greek mother in Shellharbour, New South Wales on September 29, 1988, Volkanovski is also a rugby league. Here is a clip from his interview upon winning the UFC Featherweight Championship belt: