UFC 251 Betting Preview and Free Play: Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway

by Tyler Vaysman | July 5, 2020 |

UFC has their infamous Fight Island ready for the next event. On Saturday July 11, you will be able to check out the Co-Main event showdown that will be between featherweights Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway. 

  • Date: Saturday, Jul 11, 9:00 PM
  • Venue: UFC Fight Island
  • Watch on: PPV

The Fighters

Alexander Volkanovski (21-1-0)

Volkanovski is currently the featherweight champ with an 18 fight win streak. His record shows that he has 11 wins by knockout, 6 by decision, and 3 by submission. 

“The Great” has a striking accuracy of 57 percent and a grappling accuracy of 35 percent. He lands 6.15 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 3.14. This is a great ratio showing he nearly doubles the amount of hits landed versus taking on. 

Volkanovski has a takedown defense at 73 percent and a significant strike defense at 60 percent. He also averages 2.16 takedowns and 0.40 submissions every 15 minutes. 

Max Holloway (21-5-0)

Holloway is currently the number one ranked fighter in the featherweight division, just behind champion Volkanovski. His fighting record shows that he has 10 wins by knockout, 9 by decision, and 2 by submission. 

“Blessed” has a striking accuracy of 44 percent and a grappling accuracy of 83 percent. He lands 6.66 significant strikes a minute and absorbs 4.45. This ratio is great too, but he absorbs a little higher than I would like to see here. 

Holloway has a takedown defense at 85 percent and a significant strike defense at 62 percent. He also averages 0.24 takedowns and 0.39 submissions every 15 minutes. 

Odds For This Event 

The market has odds looking fairly close to the same across the board. BetDSI has the odds currently placed at :

  • Volkanovski:  -227
  • Holloway:   +187

*odds are subject to changes 

Potential Winning Pick 

This fight is going to be a great fight to watch, especially since these two have already fought recently. On December 14, 2019 Volkanovski was able to win via decision over Holloway. 

Looking at the last match, Volkanovski appeared to simply out strike Holloway but not by much. The two had an identical fight that was a great stand up match. 

I see this repeating itself here. Both will look to keep striking and trying to wear down the other. Ultimately, Volkanovski should prevail again. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Volkanovski wins via decision 

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