The Blessed Express chugging into UFC 245
Holloway returns this Saturday to defend his Featherweight Championship against a new hungry contender, Alex Volkanovski. It will all go down in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the T-Mobile Arena.
During the lead up to this fight, Holloway has been asked many questions. But the one that keeps coming up is Volkansovski’s reach advantage.
During an interview with Ariel Helwani on Thursday at the media scrum, Ariel says to Holloway, “It was interesting seeing you face off against Volkanovski because you are 5 inches taller than him, but his reach is 2 1/2 inches longer.” To which Holloway replies, “It be like that, you know? Actually, somebody did all my fights and, I think I had reach on only 4 of them.” Max then jokingly says, “Guys I have been a T-Rex all my life, this ain’t something new.”
All of that is very interesting. The idea that Holloway hasn’t had the reach advantage for most of his fights at Featherweight is kind of mind-boggling. Especially if you take into account the narrative that Max is this huge 145er. While he normally has a height advantage, the fact that the reach doesn’t follow with it is intriguing.
Although most have had the reach on Max, I believe Holloway has mastered keeping his distance. Keeping opponents back with his long stance. Pushing them even further back with that popping jab. In my opinion, almost eliminating any reach advantage that may have been there.
I believe Holloway will stick to that game plan going into this bout with Volkanovski. Keeping Volkanovski back with the jab, while maintaining his range and trying avoiding that looping right hand and takedowns.
Volkanovski is an extremely well-rounded contender. The 20-1 Australian is undefeated in the UFC. Currently, he is on a 17 fight win streak. 7 of them being in the UFC. With a decision win over Jose Aldo and Darren Elkins. As well as TKOing Chad Mendes in the 2nd round. It proves this will be no easy fight for Holloway.
Will the Blessed Express continue through to the new year, or will a new Featherweight king be going into 2020? We’ll have to find out at UFC 245!
Your friendly neighborhood MMA enthusiast.