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Max Holloway next fight: ‘Blessed’ is back on Saturday night at UFC 276

Jason Burgos
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There is finally some Max Holloway next fight news, and the former UFC featherweight king will return to action on July 2 at international fight week. But who will be waiting for “Blessed” in his return to the Octagon?

Who will Max Holloway next fight be against?

Inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the third and maybe final time Holloway will battle reigning 145-pound champ Alexander Volkanovski for the division title. The bout will serve as the co-main event of UFC 276, a pay-per-view event headlined by a middleweight title fight between titlist Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier.

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How to watch Holloway vs Volkanovski 3 on July 2

  • Holloway vs Volkanoski III will take place at UFC 276 on July 2
  • The event will go down inside the T-Moble Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The main card pay-per-view will cost $74.99 and kicks off at 10 pm ET exclusively on ESPN+
  • You can purchase tickets to this UFC event when they become available here

Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski 3 preview

No two fighters are more evenly matched in any weight class than Holloway and Volkanovski. The pair have fought in 10 highly competitive rounds, with the Aussie winning both fights by razor-thin decisions. The most recent being a 2020 split-decision victory at UFC 251. Just like the first two bouts, this scrap could be settled by mistakes and in-fight adjustments.

10 rounds of history: “Blessed” and “The Great” know each other as intimately as two fighters can after 50 minutes of action. Both of their bouts were ultra-close and a case could be made that Holloway won both instead of being winless against Volkanovski. The intel both men have gleaned from their previous scraps will be massive in building their game plans for July 2, including possible backup plans and wrinkles.

Most likely to offer a surprise: It is often said rematches are harder for the winning fighter. Since Volkanovski has two wins on Holloway, it seems like the Hawaiian is more likely to offer up the fight night surprises. However, the champ is the better athlete and a more well-rounded fighter. He has the abilities and skillset to come with some surprises inside the cage. As great as Holloway is, the 30-year-old is pretty set in his ways, and his belief that he is the best boxer in the UFC. Surprises will be necessary for this fight.

The bottom line: Expect another close fight. As well as a showcase of high-level strategy and cage fighting tactics from the two best featherweights of all time and a couple of the best fighters on the planet today.

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Despite the greatness of Jose Aldo before him, many observers of the sport view Holloway as the greatest featherweight fighter in UFC history. Although Volkanovski may go on to usurp his place in history eventually, “Blessed’s” resume speaks for itself. And he will only add to it with many prime years still ahead of him.

The Best Boxer in MMA: Although Holloway is a complete fighter, he is a featherweight legend for his elite-level striking and the boxing he has often proclaimed as the best in the UFC.

  • Max Holloway record: 23-6 (10 knockouts, 2 submissions)
  • Over 25 fights in the top MMA promotion in the world, Holloway has compiled a 19-6 record. Eight of those matchups were title fights.
  • Holloway earned the moniker of UFC featherweight GOAT from his decisive victories over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, current 155-pound titlist Charles Oliveira, and Aldo (twice).
  • His record is far from perfect but it has taken elite-level talent to beat him. All but one of his seven losses in the Octagon game against former or current UFC champions.
  • Hawaiian MMA great BJ Penn was long seen as the greatest fighter to ever come out of “The Aloha State.” However, Holloway has surpassed Penn’s notoriety and become the face of Pacific Islands cage fighting.

Max Holloway’s net worth

Money is often one of the greatest measuring sticks for a fighter’s success. As of 2022, Holloway’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million.