As part of a three title fight card, Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) will look to defend his featherweight title against former champion Max Holloway (21-5) at UFC 251, on July 11th. This will be the inaugural event for Fight Island, at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
This was the location for UFC 242 headlined by, Khabib Nurmagomedov defending his lightweight crown against Dustin Poirier. Holloway looks to regain the title he lost by unanimous decision to Volkanovski at UFC 245. This will be the first fight back for both men, as Volkanovski looks to defend his belt for the first time.
A major factor in the first fight was the leg kicks from Volkanovski. According to fight stats, both fighters threw the same amount of strikes in their first encounter. The difference in the fight came down to connect percentage, Volkanovski landed fifty-one percent of his significant strikes compared to forty-four percent for the former champ Holloway.
Volkanovski was able to negate the reach of Holloway by chopping down his lead leg, forcing him to switch to a southpaw stance. The low calf kick is becoming all the rage with Alex Perez defeating Jussier Formiga via TKO in the first round last weekend at UFC 250, connecting debilitating kicks to Formiga’s left calf.
Catch all the action, July 11th, live on PPV on ESPN+, on a card with two more championship fights. In the bantamweight division, Petr Yan will face Jose Aldo for the title vacated by Henry Cejudo, and Kamaru Usman defends the 170-pound belt against Gilbert Burns fresh off his victory over Tyron Woodley.