I’ll Smack You Up In That Too

Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is ready to take his rivalry with Alexander Volkanovski to the next level.

‘Blessed’ is set to face the Australian champion for the third time at UFC 276, and Holloway sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto during fight week to discuss the matchup.

As ruthless as he is in the cage, Holloway has established himself as one of the finest figures in the sport outside of it. After ten rounds of fighting with five possible more on the way, Okamoto couldn’t help but ask if the two featherweights had established some kind of friendship.

The 30-year-old wouldn’t go so far as to say Volkanovski was his friend, but he took the opportunity to take on a challenge.

“Why not? You know fighting is my part-time job, and I’m a full-time streamer, and I play video games,” Holloway replied. to video games so why not? People were saying that I should put it in my lobby on Call of Duty when I play. I play Apex now, however, I don’t know if it plays Apex. We’ll see what that is happening.”

Volkanovski last defended his title in a one-sided bout with Chan Sung Jung, who replaced the injured Holloway. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Hawaiian spent several years as the UFC featherweight king before losing a unanimous decision to Volkanovski in 2019. An immediate rematch ended in a narrow split decision loss for Holloway, but he isn’t about to go 0-2 against “The Great.” cost him a chance to win elsewhere.

“It is what it is, bro. Whatever happens in the Octagon, I don’t bring anything personal, anything into it. It’s a fight, it’s our job, it’s what what we’re doing. Wanna play some games? Let’s play some games. I’ll probably smack you in this too. It’s a win-win for me.

Holloway rebounded from his second loss to the Australian with unanimous decision wins over top contenders Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez. The third fight between “Blessed” and Volkanovski will serve as the co-main event in a middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier at UFC 276.

While a third win over Holloway is a long way off, Volkanovski has already teased a potential move up to lightweight in the near future.

What do you think of Holloway’s challenge to meet Volkanovski outside the cage?

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